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Islamabad: Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed has warned Islamabad against any attempt to convert Gilgit-Baltistan into a federal province.
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“Gilgit-Baltistan is part and parcel of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Any attempt to merge it into Pakistan will deal a fatal blow to our stand in the light of UN resolutions envisaging right to self-determination for the Kashmiris,” Dawn quoted Majeed as saying in at a press conference in Muzffarabad.

Earlier, some Kashmiri leaders have expressed concern over alleged moves to convert Gilgit-Baltistan into the fifth province of Pakistan.

On Tuesday, PoK President Sardar Mohammad Yaqoob Khan warned that such a step would be more damaging than the dismemberment of the country in 1971.

“I call upon the prime minister of Pakistan to avoid (taking) any decision that does not fall in his jurisdiction. He cannot take this decision unless we, the people of Jammu and Kashmir, take it,” Majeed said.

Recalling that Gilgit-Baltistan had been given in the administrative control of Pakistan on a temporary basis, he advised Islamabad not to think beyond that.

“On behalf of over 17.5 million Kashmiris, I warn you (Islamabad) to change your thoughts. Or else, there will be severe reaction,” he said.

Answering a question, he said it was the responsibility of the PoK parliamentary committee to seek the consent of the prime minister of Pakistan and the minister for Kashmir affairs in order to carry out constitutional amendments “smoothly and amicably”.

Majeed said the role and responsibilities of the government of Pakistan under the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan (Uncip) resolutions should not be negated. “With this in mind, there is no harm in talking to them,” he said. (IANS)

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Sushma Swaraj Speaks Out On India-Pak Relations, Asks Pakistan to Stop Promoting Terror

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New Delhi, August 4, 2017: Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Thursday asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a “good” friend to Pakistan until they dubbed the most wanted regional commander of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Burhan Wani as a “martyr”.

“Prime Minister Modi had been such a good friend to Pakistan that he didn’t even think about protocol. He stopped off in Pakistan on his way back, just because it was Nawaz Sharif’s birthday. Things didn’t even worsen after Pathankot attack. That happened only after Burhan Wani was killed, and Pakistan said he was ‘martyred,” Swaraj said in Parliament.

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Swara spoke on both the burning issues of India Pak relations and boycott of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. She contended that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) is an integral part of India. ” We boycotted CPEC because it was going through PoK. PoK is an integral part of India. It is a matter of India’s sovereignty, she said. 

However, Sharif said, Pakistan remains shoulder to shoulder with their Kashmiri brethren and will continue their political, diplomatic and moral support in their right to self-determination.

– prepared by Puja Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter @pujas1994


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People of Baloch origin have lived for Centuries in India, says Activist Mazdak Dilshad Baloch

Baloch covers 45 percent of the area of Pak but their culture is completely different from rest of Pakistan

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  • PM Modi had also raised the issue of POK and Balochistan in his speech on Independence Day
  • Human rights violations in the Balochistan province of Pakistan have drawn global concern
  • Mazdak and his wife are in India to create awareness about the Baloch Freedom Movement

Sept 11, 2016: For the centuries people of Baloch origin are living in the places like Delhi, western UP namely Meerut, Baghpat and Muzaffarnagar in India. They are said to be residing here since Babur invaded India in 1526. They came here with Babur as his army and since then they got settled here.

Baloch covers 45 percent of the area of Pakistan but their culture is completely different from rest of Pakistan. Therefore Balochistan could never become a part of Pakistan and was taken by force by Pakistan’s army. Most of the inhabitants of the province are- Pashtuns and Brahuis. Even the name ‘’Balochistan’’ itself means ‘’the land of Baloch’’, so Baloch people think of themselves different from Pakistan.

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Activist Mazdak Dilshad Baloch- a prominent voice has come up with his struggle to liberate the province from Pakistan and therefore he also wants to spread a message in India among the people who have their roots in Balochistan. Meerut, Baghpat, and Muzaffarnagar, Mazdak- he has travelled to all these places in India and has interacted with people of Baloch origin regarding atrocities with their community by Pakistani forces, mentioned TOI report.

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The story of Mazdak is similar to thousands of Baloch people who have sought asylum in different parts of the world after being hounded by the Pakistan army. Mazdak’s father was abducted, and his mother was harassed by the Pakistani forces. Not just that, their property was damaged too. The family had to seek asylum in Canada where they reside now. So to accomplish their dream of freedom from Pakistan army, Mazdak and his wife are in India to create awareness about the Baloch Freedom Movement.

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‘I am thankful to them for showing overwhelming sensitivity to our common cause. I am sure, in times to come, we will visit many more villages in the whole region and give the movement a proper name and shape,’ said Mazdak to TOI.

People of India have shown a great enthusiasm to support the Baloch Cause and they are with Mazdak in this Baloch freedom movement.

– prepared by Aakash Mandyal of NewsGram

2 responses to “People of Baloch origin have lived for Centuries in India, says Activist Mazdak Dilshad Baloch”

  1. A step necessary to be taken for the world to know irrespective of borders we share the same rights n value we deserve peace…

  2. This Middle east has become a hellhole ruin for the innocent lives.Hitler did the same thing which pakistan is doing right now to Baluchistan(and for quite sometime now).Killing the innocent lives, destroying families, their culture which defines them(the very fabric of being human).It’s atrocious and evil.I hope that this time we’ll not turn our eyes-blind to our neighbors and help them get back their dignity and justice for the horrors they have suffered and are still suffering.
    I can’t quite comprehend what drives a government(obviously composed of people and in the case of paksitan,hateful fascist barabarians) to kill the innocents?
    And they are getting away with this?!
    And we as governments of the world are letting them?
    F@#$%^& UNREAL

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Will Pakistan’s Gilgit-Balistan be a part of Overseas Indian Day in 2017 ? Read to know more

Centre plans on calling the diaspora from Gilgit-Balistan, the northern-most disputed territory of Pakistan for Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas in 2017

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  • Indian diaspora abroad is booming more than ever before and their involvement in the countries development is evident
  • The 14th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas or the Overseas Indian Day will be held in Bengaluru on 9th January 2017
  • Gilgit-Balistan is the northern-most disputed territory of Pakistan and the Centre  is currently discussing the proposal to call in diaspora from this area to the biennial event

August 29, 2016: A lot has been said on the good and bad coming out of Modi’s strategies to reach the Indian’s living abroad. However, no one can deny that various efforts have proved to be fruitful and we can see them in the form of Visa on arrival and 24*7 Helpline for NRI’s. Similarly, to propagate a feeling of unity, Indian government has been holding a festival to mark the contribution of Indians living abroad, called the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas or the Overseas Indian Day. It’s celebrated since 2003 and the very first year saw 9,000 Indian’s coming from all around the world to Gujarat to show their support.

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Proposal to invite the diaspora from Gilgit-Baltistan

Gilgit-Balistan is the northern-most disputed territory of Pakistan and hence it’s only common to see some controversy when the Indian government discusses the proposal to call in diaspora from this area to the biennial event, Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas. The region was a part of Jammu and Kashmir, but has been under the direct control of Islamabad since November 4th, 1947 after Kashmir’s invasion by Pakistani Army . Gilgit-Baltistan is 6 times the size of Pok and is treated as a separate entity.

Motives behind the proposed action

This news comes in after PMO, addressed Gilgit-Baltistan and PoK on two separate occasions this month- during the Independence day speech and at the all-party meeting. The proposal is in accordance with the government’s diplomatic indication of presenting Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan as part of Jammu and Kashmir.

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PM Modi addressing the nation on Independence Day, Wikimedia Commons
PM Modi addressing the nation on Independence Day, Wikimedia Commons

Move to join in the diaspora from Gilgit-Baltistan who were previously engaged by Manmohan Singh’s government, can go either ways. The decision may lead to weakening ties with Pakistan or it could be viewed as an approach to hardline the position taken by Modi in New Delhi.

Positive Outlook

After 2006, the government’s engagement with the diaspora has been minimal. Hence, extending an invitation will address their presence and concerns about India’s ignorance. Additionally, this can be viewed as India standing up against the human rights violation in Pok, Gilgit-Baltistan and the infamous Balochistan.

– by Karishma Vanjani of NewsGram. Twitter: @BladesnBoots

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