Gilgit-Baltistan, under Pakistan occupation facing worst rights violation

Gilgit-Baltistan, an integral part of India, accessed into India along with Jammu and Kashmir, is under `illegal occupations’ Pakistan and people there facing worst human rights violation since last even decades, said speakers at a seminar on An exposure of the Unending Saga of Human Rights Violations in Gilgit-Baltistan” , organized by Social  Cause, a think-tank, at Osmania University PG College of Law, Hyderabad, on the occasion 0f 70thanniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

Speakers expressed concern that this area has been under a virtual Martial Law, with the rights of people suppressed and their needs neglected. Under the archaic Frontier Crimes. Human Rights Society president Ch. Narendra presided.

Speaking as chief guest, former High Court Judge Justice P Ramakrishnam Raju said that this region is having rich natural resources, but people are thrown into poverty and not allowed basic amenities and rights. He deplored that despite United Nation’s resolution, Pakistan is not vacating from there and turned it into their colony.

Prof B G Reddy of Osmania University said that Pakistan has been resorting to worst form of human rights violations and their policy of repressing Shias leading to grave human misery even in Pak Occupied Kashmir region. He also finds fault with some Human Rights Reports of United Nations with bias version with regard to prevailing situation in the region.

Dr T Aparna, Principal, OU PG College of Law, said that Gilgit-Baltistan is considered as `crown on Indian map’ and it is an integral part of India, even before entered India.

Senior journalist Raka Sudhakara Rao said that even as per Pakistan Constitution Gilgit-Baltistan and even Pak Occupied Jammu and Kashmir are not part of their country, which clearly demonstrated as under illegal occupation of Pakistan.

Stating that this region is strategically very important one, that is connects with five countries, he alleged that now Chinese are slowly dominating the region with active collusion with Pakistna.  He said that even Pakistan Supreme Court has no jurisdiction of this area and no one is representing from this area in Pakistan Parliament.

Rahul Razdan, General Secretary, Panun Kashmir, said that many Kashmirs are now facing identity crisis due to severe human rights violations by Pakistan. He said that this is the most backward region in South Asia, where people are forced to live in medial-age live in the 21st century .

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