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GILGIT: The Gilgit – Baltistan Bar Council has condemned the Indian statement in which the Indian foreign ministryspokesperson had opposed the elections in Gilgit-Baltistan, saying the region is an integral part of India.
“We condemn the Indian claim that Pakistan has illegally occupied Gilgit-Baltistan,” advocate Shehbaz Khan Advocate, Vice Chairman Bar Council, told Outpost on Saturday.
“The people of G-B voluntarily and with their free will joined Pakistan after independence.”
Indian Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup’s claimed over G-B came days before the legislative assembly elections which were won by Pakistan Muslim League- N clinching 16 seats in the 24 seats legislative assembly.
Advocate Khan reminded the Indians that G-B was never historically part of India or even the region of Kashmir.
He said G-B was forcibly and illegally occupied by the Dogra Regime of State of Jammu & Kashmir in 1865 which kept this region under its clutches till the liberation on 1st November 1947, when the Dogra regime was thrown away by the brave people of G-B.
“72000 Square Kilometer area of G-B was liberated as a result of “popular liberation movement in G-B” without any external help,” he said, adding Raja Shah Rais Khan was first president of the revolutionary Government of Islamic Republic of Gilgit till 16th November, 1947 when Sardar Alam Khan took over the administrative control of the region on behalf of Pakistan with consent of locals.
“On these grounds the claim of Indian government on G-B and against Pakistan are unfounded and unrealistic”.
However he said lack of mention of G-B in Constitution of Pakistan is a serious concern which has aggravated sense of deprivation in the people.
“But that does not give any right to India to lay a claim over GB.”
He said the people of G-B don’t consider G-B as a "disputed territory" because it was liberated in 1947 by the people at their own.
Shehbaz Khan admitted the rulers sitting in Islamabad govern and control G-B through issuance of Executive Orders. “The ‘Governance Order 2009’ was also issued by federal Ministry of K and G-B affairs, which is clear violation Supreme Court of Pakistan’s verdict in Al-jehad Trust Versus Federation of Pakistan.”
“But still we are in love with Pakistan. It is in our blood, heart and mind and the loyalty is out of question.”
He said India’s extra ordinary activeness in the affairs of G-B was wasn’t without a meaning in the backdrop of Pakistan-China Economic Corridor that is host by G-B.