South Asia Watch, London lobbied for an EARLY DAY MOTION in the British Parliament.
However, we failed to persuade the relevant people to take out word “India”, which illustrates that the entire Jammu and Kashmir state is part of India. The Early Day Motion reads:
Annexation of Gilgit Baltistan by Pakistan as Fifth Frontier
That this House
Condemns the arbitrary announcement by Pakistan declaring Gilgit-Baltistan as its Fifth Frontier implying its attempt to annex the already disputed area; Notes that Gilgit-Baltistan is a legal and constitutional part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India, which is illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947 where people are denied their fundamental rights including the right of freedom of expression; Further notes the attempts to change the demography of the region in violation of State Subject Ordinance and another attempt to forcibly and illegally build the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which further aggravates and interferes with the disputed territory.
Dr Shabir Choudhry
Chairman, South Asia Watch, London