Geneva: In yet another jolt to Pakistan’s antics of falsely claiming at international forums that Kashmir is part of their country, an activist for the terror-stricken Gilgit-Baltistan region said at the United Nations on Wednesday that the region is very much a part of India.Gilgit-Baltistan is a part of India. The members of the United Nations need to realise that Pakistan has become a huge stumbling block for the last 70 years,” Senge H Sering, an activist from Gilgit-Baltistan and the Director of the Institute of Gilgit Baltistan Studies in Washington DC, said at the 42nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday.
“Article 370 had become a tool in the hands of few in Jammu and Kashmir- a veto power over other ethnic and religious groups. Also, the Article worked in Pakistan’s favour to become a tool to enhance terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. People who were benefitting from it, became allies of the Pakistani military and were promoting Pakistan’s strategic interests in J&K,” Sering said.He said the people who were benefiting from Article 370 became allies of the Pakistani military and they were promoting Pakistan’s strategic interest in Kashmir.
Gilgit-Baltistan, formerly known as the Northern Areas, is the part of the India’s larger Kashmir region. The region is located near the Pakistan occupied Kashmir to the south, the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the west, the Xinjiang region of China to the east and northeast and Jammu and Kashmir to the southeast.Although Gilgit-Baltistan has its separate Assembly, the region is still under the rule of Pakistan as the real power rests with the Governor and not the chief minister. However, people of the area are against the Pakistan rule with most of them willing to join India again.