China mum over Pakistan's plan on Gilgit-Baltistan

Pakistani children who penned letter to PM Modi Pak PM Sharif to bring peace buy books and not bullets

Pakistani children who penned letter to PM Modi Pak PM Sharif to bring peace buy books and not bullets

"Pakistan backed terror outfits are main challenge to protecting human rights of our citizens in the state of Jammu and Kashmir", she said during the 34th session of the council.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's helping gesture towards Pakistan via sharing of waterways could be witness a complete U-turn after the diplomatic relations between the South Asian neighbours fell to an all-time low courtesy Pakistan-based militant outfits carrying out a series of heinous terror attacks on Indian Army and Paramilitary troops in the Kashmir valley past year.

The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which connects China's western Xinjiang province with Pakistan, passes through Gilgit Baltistan.

"The committee recommended that Gilgit-Baltistan should be made a province of Pakistan", Pirzada said yesterday.

Gilgit-Baltistan is treated as a separate geographical entity by Pakistan. Pakistan is unsure of the population of Gilgit-Baltistan as they have agitated against Pakistani establishment time and again. "Any unilateral step by Pakistan to alter the status of that part will have no basis in law and will be completely unacceptable".

"BNF and other political and religious workers in Pakistan occupied Gilgit Baltistan are facing death sentence in fake cases without right of appeal in any High Court and Supreme Court", he said.

He said in the backdrop of un-implemented Security Council resolutions on Kashmir; it is responsibility of the United Nations to help resolve the issue. The rising concern is disturbing now as Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir region has become the hub of global terror.

Pakistani analysts, according to reports, believe that the move could, in fact, be part of the Pakistani policy to assuage the Chinese. India's foreign secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar previously demanded Pakistan "shut down the terrorism factory" last month.

He said that thousands of terrorists and more than a dozen terrorist organizations are active within different madrasas, religious and political parties, who enjoy full impunity under institutions of the Pakistan Government. In fact, keeping these areas as a disputed territory is problematic for Pakistan so they want to make it their fifth province.

A terror attack on Indian military had claimed over 18 lives a year ago in Uri Town of Baramulla District of Indian-held Kashmir.

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