Srinagar: The Hurriyat (G) on Wednesday shot off a letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif saying the merger of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) into Pakistan would impact the disputed status of this region. In a statement, Geelani said the Pakistan-China economic corridor would boost the economic condition of that region, but merging GB is not necessary.
“The merger of Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan will prove a disaster for the disputed nature of Jammu & Kashmir and this act will impact the disputed status of this region. Ending the international constitutional status of the state will end the Kashmir issue and it will create doubts in the minds of common people of the state,” Geelani said in the letter.
The 86-year-old leader said the government of Pakistan should concentrate on citizen rights, development and prosperity of the people of GB and should address their issues. “People of Gilgit-Baltistan could have some genuine grievances and by addressing those complaints, Pakistan can restore their trust and their affiliation with the Pakistan,” he added.
He said “my health is not well since the last few days and doctors have advised me complete rest, but I am writing these few lines despite being in bed because the reports about Gilgit-Baltistan have made me uneasy”.
Geelani also appreciated Sharif for trying to iron out the differences between Saudi Arabia and Iran. He also expressed his satisfaction over the operation of the Pakistan government against the internal as well as external terrorists who are working to destabilise the country. “These efforts should be enhanced and the continuous struggle to keep the Islamic Republic of Pakistan free from sectarian hatred, injustice and corruption is the need of the hour,” Geelani said.