Sunday, April 15, 2012

‘India silent on Gilgit-Baltistan lease issue’

Jammu: Demanding a complete overhaul of the Centre's policy with regard to Pakistan and China, a Kashmiri Pandit body on Friday accused the political leadership of being silent on the reported Gilgit-Baltistan lease issue.

Panun Kashmir also called for statements by the government and political parties on the reported lease of Gilgit-Baltistan region to China by Pakistan.

"It is highly disturbing that the reported lease of the region to China by Pakistan has not evoked any concern and attention of political leadership and the Central government.

They are silent over the issue," Panun Kashmir Chairman Ajay Chrungoo told reporters here.

"The government and political leaders should give a statement on the issue and clear their stand on it," he said, demanded a complete overhaul of the policy of the Centre with regard to Pakistan and China.

The organisation also urged the Centre to announce its intention to reclaim Gilgit-Baltistan as the territory belongs to India and also withdraw the peace process with Pakistan.

Chrungoo said the lease issue was a severe blow administered by Pakistan to the country because the Centre is seeking peace and improvement of relations with Pakistan, including settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

"The lack of concern demonstrated by the Centre to this development seems to emanate from its traditional policy of leaving the crucial feature of the frontiers in the north unclaimed and undefended," he said.

The increased collaboration of Pakistan and China in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and northern areas of the state only revealed that Indian pursuit of peace with Pakistan was one- sided, he said.


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