Letter to Pakistani Prime Minister on Gilgit Baltistan by Mr Amanullah Khan
Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Dated: 18-11-2015
Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan,
1. Kashmir Issue and some Gilgiti and Balti peoples demands.
Day before yesterday’s daily K2, published from Gilgit, Rawalpindi and Karachi with a large circulation, has quoted minister for Information of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Mr. Ibrahim Sanaie (repeated yesterday by another Minister Dr. Iqbal) as saying that Mr. Nawaz Sharif, the PM of Pakistan, was keen to grant full political, constitutional, social and economic rights to the people of GB (perhaps meaning merger of GB with Pakistan as one of its provinces).
Mr. Prime Minister, if you follow this idea of merging GB with Pakistan before its final status is determined, it will amount to a big blunder on your part as it will bring Pakistan at par with India in many ways, will rightly annoy a big number of Kashmiris and will also adversely affect the world opinion about the Kashmir issue. It is for these sound reasons that the people and political parties of Azad Kashmir (AK) do not make such demands. Although both AK and GB belong to the same state of Jammu Kashmir. Moreover, there are many other ways of meeting the genuine demands of the people of GB. For example, i) GB and AK be merged in to each other as two equal units, ii) giving similar status to GB as of AK, and iii) giving rights to the people of GB in any legal form but without merging it with Pakistan as it may affect its world recognized disputed nature.
Mr. Prime Minister, as you perhaps know I myself am a resident of GB and have suffered a lot for demanding due rights for the people of the area. These sufferings include my one and a quarter year’s imprisonment in GB, twice being deported from Gilgit and have also written three booklets on the issue. This was my duty as an educated son of that unfortunate area. However, unlike many others who demand merger of GB with Pakistan for their limited and timely personal and party interests, I and my organization, in the larger interest of Kashmiri nation, oppose this merger before its final disposition is reached upon for my thoughts are not peripheral and self-centered.
2. The confused type of support to Kashmir freedom struggle.
Mr. Prime Minister, almost all the political parties of Pakistan say that they support our freedom struggle for which we thank them all from the deepest core of our hearts. I have observed you personally saying that you and your party support our Right of Self-determination (RSD) according to UN Resolutions and Kashmiri people’s aspirations. However, the last and effective UN Resolution does not scope for an independent Kashmir thus limiting the options and curbing the aspirations of the people. While as Kashmiries believe in three alternate solutions of Kashmir issue ie, an Independent Kashmir or Kashmir’s accession to Pakistan or Kashmir’s accession to India. However, It will be kind enough of you, your party and other political parties of Pakistan if you people could be magnanimous enough towards Kashmir issue by providing a clear and open stand of yours in favor of Kashmiri aspirations, by not rejecting any aspired option as a solution and by not limiting its options of solution to accession to Pakistan or accession to India only. For being a proud nation, Kashmiri people would want to retain its national identity for all times to come. As President of Pakistan Mr. Asif Ali Zardari too during his meeting with a delegation of Kashmiri leaders, of which I and my colleague Mr. Rafiq Dar were a part of, in President House Islamabad on March 28, 2013, said, and repeated trice, that he considers Kashmiries as a nation. This very statement of President of Pakistan meant a lot for us and other Kashmiri leaders.
3. My common letter to Your Excellency and to Mr. Modi, Your counterpart in India.
I had sent two common letters earlier dated 27-03-2015 and 10-09-2015 to both of you subjected as “A peaceful, practicable, equitable, honorable and everlasting solution of about Seventy years old unresolved Kashmir issue. The issue is as dangerous today as ever, having already caused three bloody wars in the past between India and Pakistan, now both nuclear powers, hence the continued tensions between them makes it more dangerous for even regional and world peace”.
Solution in a nutshell under the caption ‘The Gist of The Appeal’ page 10.
I have so far received responses from some ordinary personalities and none from the people that could be counted especially you the two addresses. Will you please pay some attention to my detailed document that includes a covering letter and common appeal?
The acknowledgement of this letter shall be highly appreciated.
I thank you.
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).
(Note: Sorry for using stamp for my signature as my right hand is almost paralyzed).
Copies for information and necessary action to:
(The acknowledgement of this letter shall be highly appreciated)
- Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, President AJK.
- Mian Raza Rabbani, Chairman Senate Pakistan.
- Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker Pakistan National Assembly.
- Syed Khursheed A. Shah, Leader of the opposition in National Assembly of Pakistan.
- Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to PM on Foreign Affairs.
- Choudhary Birjesh Tahir, Minister for Kashmir Affairs.
- Choudhary Abdul Majeed, Prime Minister AJK.
- Raja Farooq Haider, Leader of the opposition AJK Assembly.
- Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman, Chief Minister GB.
- Mr. Beig, Leader of the opposition GB Assembly.