Annexing Gilgit-Baltistan will prove detrimental to cause: Resistance leadership

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Srinagar: Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement on Friday said that any proposal to declare Giglit-Baltistan as fifth state of Pakistan is unacceptable.

“Kashmir, Ladakh, Jammu, Azad Kashmir and Giglit-Baltistan is a single entity,” the trio said, “The political destiny about Jammu Kashmir is yet to be decided.”

Declaring Pakistan as a prime party to Kashmir issue, the leadership said that people in Jammu & Kashmir have always regarded and accepted the role of Pakistan as a party to the issue, however any step which may hamper the disputed status of Kashmir is unacceptable.

We hail the role of Pakistan regarding the issue in international forum’s, however any deviation in its stance about Kashmir & its geographical entity is improper & will prove detrimental for Kashmir cause.

Joint leadership expressed their serious concern about proposals of declaring of Giglit-Baltistan as fifth province of Pakistan and said that it will have damaging impact over the disputed status of state.

Leaders in the statement suggested and asked Pakistan to show wisdom and desist from such steps which may hamper the political and geographical position of Jammu & Kashmir.

The trio expressed hope that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Shareef will fulfil its commitment regarding the geographical entity of Jammu and Kashmir and will desist from this adventure of annexing Giglit Baltistan as fifth state of Pakistan.

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