Over reports suggesting Pakistan’s decision to declare Gilgit Balochistan as its fifth state, separatist leaders of Jammu and Kashmir has reacted strongly stating that the move by the neighbouring country is unacceptable. Mentioning that the long-standing issue of the Kashmir valley is in the international forum, in a joint statement Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik stated that the world community has agreed to decide the political destiny of the valley through resolutions acknowledged by the United Nations.
“Unless and until the people of Jammu and Kashmir are provided an opportunity to decide the future course of the state through referendum, no division, alteration and changes are acceptable,” they said.
Rejecting any idea of merger of any part or division of Jammu and Kashmir to India or Pakistan, they said “both India and Pakistan have no authority to alter the geographical status of the state.”
The three separatist leaders have also asked Pakistan to show “wisdom” and “desist” from taking any such steps which may hamper the political and geographical position of Jammu and Kashmir. Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik also expressed hope that Pakistan Prime minister Nawaz Sharif will fulfil his commitment regarding the geographical entity of Jammu and Kashmir, and will desist from annexing Giglit-Baltistan as the fifth state of Pakistan.
Days back, India reacted back sharply to Pakistan’s possible move and said that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir will remain its integral part . Speaking to the media, MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay said,”Cant comment on news reports,but entire state of J&K is&will remain integral Indian part”. He also rejected remarks by Pakistan on Swami Assemand, saying “Reject Pakistans efforts to meddle in Indian affairs.Our judiciary needs no self serving sermons.”
(With inputs from agencies)