Pakistan 'strongly condemns' rising Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir

Nick Mcbride
March 21, 2017

The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir acceded to India in 1947.

The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which connects China's western Xinjiang province with Pakistan, passes through Gilgit Baltistan. Pakistan has one more time chosen to misuse the council by passing erroneous references about internal matters concerning with Jammu and Kashmir, the diplomat stated.The Indian side also declares that India does not accept any claims by Pakistan to disparage the democratic choice that has consecutively for 6 decades been employed by people of J&K since the time of independence.

Since the Karachi Agreement of 1949, Pakistan has treated this region - once part of the Dogra Kingdom and later leased to the British, who wanted it as a strategic safety valve - as part of the "disputed" Kashmir region.

It is believed that China's concerns about the unsettled status of Gilgit-Baltistan prompted Pakistan to change its status. A part of Jammu and Kashmir has been under illegal occupation of Pakistan.

A committee headed by Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz recommended granting the region a provincial status.

"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.

Taking note of the killing of a Kashmiri girl by Indian security forces, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria on Thursday said Islamabad strongly condemned continued violence against innocent Kashmiris in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. Till this order, the region was still referred to as I Northern Areas.

India yesterday termed as "entirely unacceptable" any possible attempt by Pakistan to declare the Gilgit-Baltistan region, bordering the disputed Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, as the fifth province.

Geneva: Minorities have held positions at the highest levels in India, including becoming presidents and vice-presidents, while Pakistan only has blasphemy laws for their minorities, India retorted at the ongoing session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Pakistan must rein in its "compulsive hostility" towards India - it has a "selective approach" in tackling terror groups operating outside Pakistan and within.

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