Gilgit-Baltistan is not Kashmir’s colony

Gilgit-Baltistan is not Kashmir’s colony

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Khalid Ali Nawaz

The militant and political nationalists of Indian-Occupied Kashmir, and their allies in Azad Kashmir, need to stop treating Gilgit-Baltistan as their colony. They are not our colonial masters. Their opposition to the constitutional and political empowerment of Gilgit-Baltistan is uncalled for, meaningless and unnecessary.

They cannot treat the 2 million people of Gilgit-Balitstan as their slaves. Gilgit-Baltistan is not their property. The era of Dogra occupation ended on 1st November 1947, when Ghansara Singh was arrested, and the Dogra forces were made to flee during the yearlong war.

The dark night of occupation and colonization ended on that day, and we have no intention of turning the clock back.

We, the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, are the ones who will decide our future, not people who have no relationship whatsoever with us, neither in terms of language, nor in terms of culture and nor in history, except for the time when some parts of GB were under the Dogra occupation.

The people of Gilgit-Batlistan have every right to live a dignified life, according to their own wishes and aspirations. The GB Legislative Assembly, an elected forum of the people of GB, has rightly called for integration of Gilgit-Baltistan in to Pakistan. This should be carried out as soon as possible, to protect the identity, and ensure the human and political rights, of the people of GB.

Those from Kashmir who are opposing our rights are not our friends. They, most probably, are our wannabe future masters.

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