Gilgit, 23 February: Members of the Jamiat-e-ulama Islam, Northern Areas, said at a press conference that imperialist forces have increased their efforts for conversion of Gilgit – Baltistan into an “Israel like” state. They attributed recent rumors and uncertainty, ‘deteriorating atmosphere of law and order’, to the ill designs of such forces.
Luqman Hakim, regional leader of the JUI, said that international evil forces are trying to expand the war in WANA and Swat to Diamir, Gilgit and Hunza, mentioned separately, as well. He further projected that the war could also be extended to the Xingjian province of China, also.
Analysts see these comments from the JUI’s regional leaders as continuation of JUI Chief, Fazal ur Rehman’s diatribe against USA and Israel. The JUI chief, in a gathering of party workers belonging to Gilgit – Baltistan, held last month, had prophesized existence of schemes and mechanism working for creation of an “Israel like” state in the region.