BNF warns against attempts to merge GB with Pakistan…..
18-24 Jan 2016
BRUSSLES: The exiled Chairman of Balawaristan
National Front (BNF), Abdul Hamid Khan, has
condemned and opposed any kind of attempts to merge
Gilgit-Baltistan with Pakistan. The BNF Chairmen in a
statement said such an attempt stands in flagrant
violation of UNCIP as well as against the will of the
people after the passage of 67 years of deprivation
under the rule of Pakistan in the name of J&K dispute.
“There can be no law in the world that can authorize
any legislation regarding a disputed area without taking
the consent of its people.” He said both Pakistan and
China must honor UNCIP and UNSC resolutions of
13th August 1948. Mr. Khan said the BNF would like
to remind China of its obligation as UNSC member not
to violate any UN resolution. The BNF also wants to
remind China of its own confirmation letter to the UN
in 1963 in which it had endorsed the disputed nature of
Gilgit-Baltistan when General Ayub Khan, the then
military dictator of Pakistan, had ceded about 7,000
square km area of Shimashal Hunza, Gilgit to China as
the price for the construction of Karakorum Highway
(KKH). In that letter to UN, China had recognized the

disputed nature of Gilgit-Baltistan and said after the
establishment of a sovereign authority in GB, following
a resolution of Jammu & Kashmir issue, China will re-
negotiate with the sovereign authority to settle the
Shimashal land matter. The only way any constructive
action can be taken regarding the legal or constitutional
matter of GB is to ascertain the popular will of the two
million indigenous people. This can only be obtained in
a recognized way without resorting to any threat,
bribery or other unfair means. And the only way forward
towards obtaining the popular will of the people is
through conducting an impartial referendum under an
impartial world body having the power and authority to
implement its results, the BNF chief added. Currently,
he added, this can only be achieved under the UN body
after the withdrawal of Pakistani forces and its civilians
settled there after Nov 1, 1947. The BNF will accept
any results of such an impartial referendum only if it is
held under direct UN supervision.
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