Azad Kashmir & Gilgit Baltistan - Time For Pakistan To Take Unilateral Action

By Sikander Hayat
Azad Kashmir borders the Indian-controlled state of Jammu and Kashmir to the east Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province to the west, Gilgit Baltistan to the north, and Pakistan's Punjab Province to the south. With its capital at Muzaffarabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir covers an area of 13,297 square kilometres (5,134 sq mi) and has an estimated population of about four million.
In October 1947, Azad Kashmir was liberated from India. Azad Kashmir Day is celebrated in Azad Jammu and Kashmir on October 24, which is the day that the Azad Jammu and Kashmir government was created in 1947. Pakistan has celebrated Kashmir Solidarity Day on February 5 of each year since 1990 as a day of protest against India's de facto sovereignty over its State of Jammu and Kashmir.That day is a national holiday in Pakistan.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir is predominantly Muslim. The majority of the population is culturally, linguistically, and ethnically related to the people of northern Punjab. The principal languages spoken are Pahari, Gojri, Dogri, Potohari, Urdu, Kashmiri, Pashto, and Punjabi.
Urdu is the official language of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. However, due to the area's diverse cultural blend, many languages are spoken by different populations.
It is high time that Azad Kashmir should become the 5th province of Pakistan. Gilgit Baltistan should also be given the full provincial status and should become the 6th province of Pakistan. These two new province will get their share of seats in the federal assembly and senate. This act will empower the people of this region and make sure that there is no difference between these two regions and the rest of Pakistan. Pakistan cannot wait for India to leave the occupied Kashmir. Time has shown that India’s evil empire will keep the occupation no matter what the cost.
There is currently 700,000 strong occupation force stationed in Indian occupied Kashmir and matter will not change in the coming years. While all this is happening, the economic & political development of Azad Kashmir is hurting and needs to be brought into line with the rest of Pakistan. Pakistani government can still continue its claim on the occupied Kashmir while integrating politically the people of Azad Kashmir into Pakistan’s national discourse.
India has been taking many unilateral actions with regards to occupied Kashmir, it is high time that Pakistan did the same and by a two third majority in the federal parliament and provincial assemblies, declare Azad Kashmir & Gilgit Baltistan 5th & 6th provinces of Pakistan respectively. Give these two new federal components their full share in the national budget and include these two provinces in the Pakistani mainstream.

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  1. GILGIT: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stated that a hundred billion rupees have been allocated for the Youth Business Loans scheme while addressing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) party members in Gilgit, Express News reported on Friday.
    “The youth of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) between the ages of 21 and 45 can utilise this scheme,” the prime minister said. “The maximum amount of money that will given out as a loan is two million.”
    “Loans will be given to anyone who is committed to doing business. Literacy and experience does not matter with regards to the loans.”
    Nawaz gave more details about the scheme and stated that the loan can be returned in instalments over a period of eight years and no instalments would need to be paid in the first year.
    During his speech, Nawaz also said that “a special force will be established in G-B for the security of its people.”
    “The force will be provided with modern weapons and excellent training, and will be appointed on merit,” the premier said adding that “thousands of people should be appointed for this force to improve the law and order situation in the area.”
    With regards to the Nanga Parbat incident in which gunmen disguised as Gilgit Scouts had killed 10 foreign trekkers and their Pakistani guide, Nawaz revealed that “out of the 17 people involved in the tragedy 11 had been arrested including the mastermind behind the attack.”
    Economic development
    The premier claimed that eight billion rupees were given to G-B last year and more money will be given for the development of the region.
    He emphasised that “this money should not go into the wrong hands and be treated as valuables of the citizens.”
    “A motor way will be built from [the northwestern city of] Kashgar to Gwadar and will serve as an economic corridor,” Nawaz added. He also said that a railway and a cardiology hospital will also be built in the area.
    The 2,000-kilometre road and rail link connecting Kashgar to Gwadar port was among eight pacts inked by China and Pakistan.

  2. pakistani leadership should not medel in gilgit kashmir.they should look after their own people n country. the peple of kashmir only have one objective, to become independent from pakistan and india, and close the doors behind them for ever as we are central asian republic and have nothing to do with subcontinant.

  3. lets get one thing straight to all of you pakistanis / indians chitral,gilgit baltistan,ladakh ,jammu are all provences of Kashmir. you can fool your public or the world with your lies and propoganda but you will never be able to fool the kashmiris ,we will insha allah be free of you very soon. i hope that very soon the afghans and the buluchistanis realize that pakistan n india were created by the british to control the vast central asian resources in the region through their proxies namely india and pakistan. please note we do not hate you we only want the truth to reach the public and not lies.( jamal hussain-butt UK )

  4. the people of pakistani and indian origins of punjab, such as rajahs,choudrys,jats and others should get out of, kashmir,pashtoon and boluchistan countrys while they are able to now, becouse very soon we will have to use force .they belong to india and pakistan and thats where they should go back and stay. these people are delibratly planted in our countrys by pakistan and india and if they are wise enough they should go back to their respective countrys as soon as possible for there own safety.. ( jamal hussain-butt uk )


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