Gilgit - Baltistan

GB Chief Minister, Syed Mehdi Shah, boycotts Kashmir Solidary Day event in Islamabad

Our Correspondent

Islamabad, February 5: Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, Syed Mehdi Shah, condemned the Kashmiri leaders and organizers of the Kashmir Solidarity Day main event in Islamabad for “neglecting the leaders of Gilgit-Baltistan”.

He said that while the Kashmiri leaders use rhetoric to controversially portray GB as a part of Kashmir, in reality they have no respect whatsoever for the people of Gilgit-Baltistan and their leaders.

The organizers had made the Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan, Syed Pir Karam Ali Shan, to sit in the audience while low-level Kashmiri ministers and leaders took the center stage, along with Pervez Ashraf, JUI’s Fazlur Rehman and Manzoor Wattoo, at the key solidarity event held in the federal capital.

Public circles have hailed Mehdi Shah’s decision to boycott the event.

It is pertinent to note that the Kashmiris controversially claim Gilgit-Baltistan to be a part of the state of Kashmir but during the last six decades they have opposed political and constitutional rights for Gilgit-Baltistan.

Many in Gilgit-Baltistan believe that the Kashmiris are still treating the people of GB as residents of their colony. Many people also consider this “derogatory” behavior to be a continuation of what the Kashmiri leaders started in 1949 by signing the notorious Karachi Pact, an agreement that deprived the people of GB of their basic rights.

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  1. our Chief minister and Governor and all other must be know that we are not Kashmirs at any coast. the does not accept us at any coast. we have another identity which given by our forefathers to us please maintain that and keep it up….

  2. We must stand our level in high because this reason is more precious for Pakistan’s economy.

  3. What do you mean low level Kashmiri minister??? It reflects your low level mentality. The person (Mehdi Shah) who did not know (as uneducated person) where did he come from? Then he will not be able to know what the real status of Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir is. Clumsy statement should be avoided from those people who do not study. Mehdi Shah is participating at the so called solidarity event as powerless minister from Gilgit Baltistan. He could not compare himself with the Kashmiri educated ministers. And he has no right to gage the veracity of status of Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir. He might be a stalwart from PPP side but not representing the people of Gilgit Baltistan. We are really very unfortunate to select this kind of people who do not have the capability to represent the vulnerable and marginalized people of Gilgit Baltistan. These kinds of so called ministers do not have any concern with knowledge of politics. They have the matter of their own ego that illiterate people pay them respect as Peer, Mir, Seyad, Zardar and Kacho.

    1. Mughani sahib, your anger is useless. Even if illiterate, Mehdi Shah is the legitimate representative of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, being leader of the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly. Your personal likes and dislikes mean nothing.

      He has been elected by the represenatives of the people of GB and he alone can represent us legally on any forum.

      Please try to understand the dynamics of democracy, instead of lecturing the people about “knowledge of politics”.

      Your self-contradictory statements are a proof of your mental condition!

  4. Good initiative from our Chief Minister but it would have good if he refrained himself to attend the event rather to go there and boycott.

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