BNF warns against attempts to merge GB with Pakistan

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BNF warns against attempts to merge GB with Pakistan…
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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