In a move that may raise concerns to India, reports suggest that Pakistan is planning to declare the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan region -also known as Northern Area- as its fifth province.
Pakistan’s minister for inter-provincial coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada told that a committee headed by advisor of foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz had proposed of giving the status of a province to Gilgit-Baltistan. Pirzada said that “The committee recommended that Gilgit-Baltistan should be made a province of Pakistan”.
The four provinces that are presently under Pak are Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab, and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
India had opposed regularly for Pakistan’s move to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as its fifth frontier. But now it is said that Pakistan is getting ready to sell the land to China. Now this is huge concern. India had regularly mentioned that the Gilgit-Baltistan is illegally occupied by Pak.
It is known fact that for the construction of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the land was procured forcefully. Those who opposed were either killed or imprisoned them without even a trial.
Wajahat Hasan, Chairman of the Gilgit-Baltistan Thinkers Forum (GBTF) said that “Thousands had their land snatched and occupied by the military authorities and their agencies. Under this black draconian rule, nobody can raise their voices against the CPEC”.
Chairman of the Balawaristan National Front (BNF) said that both the countries have to build many cantonments in Gilgit-Baltistan and they will station their huge divisions of army.
Pakistan planned to declare Gilgit-Baltistan region as its fifth province soon after China showed its concern about the unsettled land. But immediately the Baloch leaders warned Pakistan that Pakistan have to face serious implications if this happens. The leaders said that the people of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir will heavily oppose it.
Now the Baloch leaders are looking at PM Modi to save them from Pakistan’s intention of handing over the land to China. After snatching the land from India 70 years ago, now Pak is ready to sell it to China. Will it really going to happen or will PM Modi show his diplomatic tricks to stop Pakistan from fulfilling its intensions?