Commenting over the media reports of making Gilgit-Baltistan fifth province, Chairman Hurriyat (G) Syed Ali Geelani cautioned that this act will harm the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir and it will also serve as a certificate to India for its illegal and forced occupation of this state and no such action will be acceptable to the Kashmiri people. He said that the entire Jammu & Kashmir falling both sides of the cease fire line is a disputed territory and there are no constitutional as well as moral justifications in making any decision over any part of this territory without the consent of its people and it is also clear violation of the UN resolutions on Kashmir. In a statement to KNS, the pro-freedom leader of Kashmir said that we are not against the economic development and prosperity of the South Asian Region but creating trade routes on the cost of rights, interests, wishes and sacrifices of Kashmiri nation is injustice and unkind and it is also against the traditional and national Kashmir policy of Pakistan. While commenting over the proposal of developing the trade and travel relationship between Pakistan, Iran, China and Central Asian Countries, the Hurriyat (G) Chairman said that until the above mentioned countries will mutually solve their political issues on talks table, there will be less chances of development in their trade and travel relations. Syed Ali Geelani said that the formation of a Union in the European countries and development of trade with the help of this Union became possible only when these countries resolved their political issues mutually and according to the wishes of the people. While giving examples of the peaceful solutions of many disputes between the today’s developed countries like SAAR between France and Germany, Aland Island between Sweden and Finland, South Tyrd between Australia and Italy, Southern Ireland between Britten and Ireland, Triest between Yugoslavia and Italy, Syed Ali Geelani said that the European countries showed political maturity and farsightedness and first solved their political issues mutually and then proceeded for the economic and trade relations. Kashmiri leader said that the track which the South Asian Countries are following to achieve economic development is entirely a different route which the European countries had taken and here the nations want peace, better Trade and travel ties by ignoring the burning issues between them. If any such trade happened to start here, it will not last for long and neither can it improve in these situations. While terming the Gilgit-Baltistan an integral part of Jammu & Kashmir, the Hurriyat (G) Chairman said that until a referendum is held in entire state under the supervision of UNO, no separate decision will be taken about this part. It will be a betrayal with the Kashmiri people and their sacrifices. Syed Ali Geelani said that a strong and stable Pakistan is the necessacity for the resolution of Kashmir dispute but the solution of this long pending dispute in and accordance to the wishes and aspirations of its people is also a vital requirement for Pakistan and the peaceful resolution to this issue will guarantee peace, development and prosperity to this country. Syed Ali Geelani appealed all the government institutions of Pakistan that they should give a serious thought over the negative consequences of their attempts of giving preference to trade over the Kashmir issue and don’t raise any such step in haste which will serve the purpose of India.
2015 Kashmir Despatch