Desist from Making Gilgit-Baltistan a Province: Malik Tells Pakistan



Muhammad Yasin Malik
Muhammad Yasin Malik

In an open letter addressed to Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairperson Muhammad Yasin Malik Tuesday asked Pakistan to “desist” from making Gilgit-Baltistan a province of the country.

Malik said Pakistan will help India “to consolidate its writ on Kashmir” if it goes ahead with the proposal.

“Apprehensions have been raised in various quarters that your government may reach a consensus to merge Gilgit Baltistan with Pakistan. This will have implications on the dispute over Jammu and Kashmir. If Pakistan imposes its sovereign writ over Gilgit Baltistan, India will then have a political and moral right to integrate Kashmir with it. With one stroke, Pakistan will be helping India to consolidate its writ on Kashmir,” Malik said in the letter.


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