Abdul Hamid Khan, the Chairman of the Balawaristan National Front (BNF) and a senior leader from Gilgit-Baltistan, as quoted by ANI earlier today said, “If referendum happens people will vote for India, they never committed atrocities on us.” While praising India, the leader further said, “Pakistan imposed war on us, India never occupied our land, Pakistan’s coward army gave Siachen to India.” He further went on to talk about the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) he sent a message to Pakistan and said, “People are aware Gilgit-Baltistan is disputed, by arresting few, you (Pak) think CPEC will be built, 42 billion will be in your pockets, it’s a dream.”
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According to ANI reports, Pakistan’s Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has given the first bold reality check on the much praised China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) by saying that at best it would create 85,000 Jobs for the Pakistani youth and not one million jobs as claimed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The report also stated that the Chinese Prime Minister had recently claimed that despite a slowdown in the economy, his country has added 13.14 million new urban jobs in 2016, and aims to add another 11 million in 2017. This is a clear sign of China’s strategy of securing jobs for its citizens by ‘going out’ through various projects under the One Belt One Road initiative.
The BNF chairman Abdul Hamid Khan in October 2016 wrote a letter to PM Narendra Modi saying, “You are the first Prime Minister of India who mentioned PoGB (Pakistan occupied Gilgit Baltistan), besides Balochistan. Although Balochistan was made a province of Pakistan in 1948, PoGB is constitutional part of India as per the Maharaja of J&K Hari Singh’s instrument of accession of 26 Oct 1947. There are seats reserved for the representatives of PoGB in J&K according to the resolution passed by parliament in 1994, which remain vacant.”