Islamabad, April 3: Gilgit – Baltistan is a part of the state of Kashmir. We have stakes in the Diamir dam and we would not leave our rights. We are not against the rights of people of Gilgit – Baltisan but we have reservations against the governance structure introduced in the region.
These controversial views were expressed by prime minister of AJK while talking to Attaullah Shahab and Syed Afzal of the Gilgit – Baltistan Council yesterday.
Farooq also said that people of Gilgit – Baltistan have sacrificed a lot for the independence of Kashmir.
He also said that the decision to rename Northern Areas as Gilgit – Baltistan is a result of the long and harsh struggle by people of Gilgit – Baltistan.