Indian Stand on Gilgit-Baltistan Elections a Sheer Hypocrisy, says Lawmaker Rashid



Er Rashid

While reflecting on the Indian Foreign office spokesperson stand of criticizing the elections to be held on Gilgit-Baltistan on June 8, 2015, MLA Langate and AIP President Engineer Rashid Tuesday termed the remarks immature.

“India is a challenging the entire electoral process in Gilgit Baltistan, then by same paradigm how can it claim elections to be genuine in its administered part of Jammu & Kashmir,” he said. “India needed to appreciate and respect the democratic process of Gilgit-Baltistan rather than casting undue aspersions.”

It is sheer hypocrisy on part of Indian Government to lament lack of electoral process in Gilgit Baltistan until recent times and then condemn it when it takes pragmatic shape, he said.

“India should recognize that entire state of Jammu & Kashmir is a disputed area which demands meaningful solution via tripartite talks or giving people their right to self Determination,” he said. “What logic is in India’s claim that Azad Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan is its part?”

India should not shy away from talks as it has been doing constantly and put forward its viewpoint or stakes on disputes like Kashmir on dialogue table rather than always resorting to harsh policy, language and tone which has created lot of havoc and made the people of Kashmir suffer immensely.”

Er Rashid claimed that when it comes to talking on Kashmir or setting issues with Pakistan, undue fascist cry is raised while as complete silence is adopted when China resorts to incursions in Ladakh, a part of disputed Jammu & Kashmir.

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