Jun 08, 2015

Gilgit Baltistan: Elections Are in Violation of 28 April 1949 UNCIP Resolutions

Ahead of the Gilgit Baltistan legislative assembly elections, to be held on 8 June 2015, a written statement addressing the UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki Moon, was issued by Mr Abdul Hamid Khan, Chairman of the Balawaristan National Front (BNF) on 4 June 2015. Emphasizing on the continuous violation of UNCIP Resolutions of 28 April 1949, Mr Hamid Khan sternly condemned the elections, questioning its legitimacy under current circumstances. Representing 2 million Indigenous people of Gilgit Baltistan, Mr Hamid Khan urged the regime of Pakistan to stop the torture of peaceful political leaders and grant them the right of speech. 

Read below the text by BNF

Date: 4th June 2015

His Excellency

Mr. Ban Ki Moon

Secretary General

United Nations, New York



Gilgit Baltistan (GB) which comprises of 72000 Sq kms of disputed territory sandwiched between China, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan, is currently under the occupation of Pakistan in the violation of UNCIP resolutions of 28th April 1949 after the adoption of UNCIP resolutions of 13th August 1948, 5th January 1949 and 28th April 1949.  Pakistan has also kept its occupation the area as a pretext of fraudulent agreement between Pakistan and 2 of its stooges from occupied Jammu & Kashmir without the knowledge and consent of people of Gilgit Baltistan on 28th April 1949 on the same date, when UNCIP had asked Pakistan to withdraw its forces from this disputed part. In 1963 Pakistan illegally conceded 7000 Sq KMs area of Shimshal, part of Hunza (Occupied Gilgit Baltistan) to China for the construction of Karakorum Highway (KKH) which is being used extensively by both China and Pakistan for economic as well as military purposes. Pakistan is using KKH for importing nuclear and missile parts from China without the knowledge and consent of the local population of the area who are the ancient inhabitants of the land.  In addition a large number of hideouts, bunker, tunnels and small Air strips have been constructed along this highway to deploy/stock nuclear arsenals. This can pose serious threat to the life of human being, as well as animal and plants.  It is not out of place to mention that in the same year i.e.1963, China had assured UN that it accepts the disputed nature of Gilgit Baltistan pending in the UN and its acceptance and occupation of part of this land from Pakistan is temporary and conditional and final agreement will be done with the legitimate sovereign authority after the settlement of Jammu & Kashmir dispute.  It is also to be mentioned here that instead of withdrawal of its forces and civilian from Gilgit Baltistan as well as from occupied J&K with in a period of 3 months, which was mandatory under the obligation of UNCIP resolution of 28th April 1949.  Pakistan has rather increased the quantum of its forces manifolds and also settled foreigners including Pathan fundamentalists from its own territory and other foreign nationals of China and Afghanistan to change the demography of this disputed land.

Pakistan has long been violating fundamental rights of the people of GB including political rights, right of vote to choose their representatives for the parliament, right of free expression, right to  have a share in the revenue from the natural resources (including gold, Uranium and mines like copper and malibedinium, which is used in space technology by China) and right to access to Justice to the 2 million local population in violation of UNCIP resolutions and Universal declaration of Human Rights. While Pakistan has no right to establish its own political and religious parties in this disputed part, contrary to this it encourages, promotes and supports its own political and religious parties and discourages indigenous nationalist political parties with full state power.

Four day before the Pakistani illegal elections in the violations of UNCIP resolutions, its forces stationed at Gilgit arrested nationalist political leaders to pave the way for selection of its own stooges in the name of elections. Those who were arrested are:

Safdar Ali leader Balawaristan National Front (BNF), Col (R) Nadir Hassan, Gilgit Baltistan Thinkers Forum, Iftikhar Hussain, Akbar Hussain, Mudasar, Wasim, Faqeer Hussain and many others in front of UN Military Observer’s Office at Jutial Gilgit, on 4th June 2015. Just before the so-called fraudulent elections/selections scheduled on 8th June, where these nationalist political leaders wanted to present the resolution about the Pakistan China Economic Corridor (a sale deed of Gilgit-Baltistan) conspiracy and fraud elections to the UN observers, many nationalist leaders were tortured on the order of a Pakistani national a Punjabi Police officer. They have been framed under Sedition and anti-terrorist laws. Pakistani occupation regime has setup JIT (Joint Investigation Team, consists upon ISI, MI, Police and many others, who are experts in torture) to threat the whole population, so nobody can challenge the orders of Pakistani occupation regime. Magistrate has given remand for 7 days to torture these detainees under the pressure of Pakistani occupation forces stationed at Gilgit.

This is Pakistani occupation part disputed in UN, where political leaders are treated as terrorists and real terrorists are free to kill political and religious opponents who do not follow the orders of the forces and their intelligence agencies. Military proxy Taliban has been declared brothers (statement of Sartaj Aziz, incharge of foreign affairs). This is Pakistan’s worst colony where infamous terrorist laws are being imposed to deprive 2 million people of disputed Gilgit-Baltistan from their basic and political rights, given to them by UNCIP resolutions and Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The people of Gilgit-Baltistan and particularly the nationalist political leaders are always charged under Pakistani sedition sections, despite the fact that General Raheel and Foreign Affairs Ministry of Pakistan have recently issued statements that Gilgit-Baltistan (like rest of Jammu & Kashmir) is an unfinished agenda of 1947, which means its disputed under UNCIP and accepted its disputed nature by the constitution and Supreme Court of Pakistan. In such situation how Pakistani laws can be applied on those who are not Pakistani citizens by international law and Pakistan's own constitution. BNF appeals UN and civilised communities to condemn the arrest and torture of nationalist leaders just 4 days before the Pakistan staged illegal elections/selections. Pakistanis had arrested BNF and other nationalist leaders just before a week in 2009 elections also. Is this not a farcical election under the Military, who want to select their own puppets in the name of elections? All Pakistani Political parties like Imran Khan’s Tehriq-e-Insaf, Sajid Naqvi’s Tehrik-e-Islami, Majlise Wahadat Muslimeen and other Pakistani parties like PPP, PML (N), JUI, MQM and JI are acting like 2ndwife of Pakistan Army and they never dare to challenge army’s foreign and security policy like a dumb obedient wife. Military has been deployed on the request of the above said parties, to get them selected by show of force in the so-called elections.

Balawaristan National Front (BNF) rejects this type of elections, where Army has been deployed in all the areas of Gilgit-Baltistan to cast votes to their favorite No 1 and No 2 puppets. It’s worth mentioning that Pakistani intelligence agency will also select some stooges from nationalist parties, who have already managed a secret deal with them not to challenge the occupation of Pakistan. We condemn this type of fraud and pre-rigged election drama. We also want to let our people know that deployment of Pakistan Army is an exercise to force them not to challenge its design, when they conspire to hand over this area to China to implement its so-called economic Corridor fraud agreement in the violation of UN resolutions.

If this Pakistan-China Economic Corridor conspiracy is not checked in time, South Asia and rest of civilized world will face serious consequences. In this project of 46 billion dollars it is proposed to construct 6 Mega Dams (including Diamar Bhasha Dam, Bonji, Henzel Gilgit, Skardu and others parts in Baltistan) and as a result of this a large area of the Gilgit Baltistan region will be submerged due to construction of huge unusual water reservoirs on the world’s highest barren mountains. Besides Dams, China and Pakistan also plans to construct Railways under these high mountains, make the movement of their forces easy and   quickly to supress the people of this region and beyond. They also plan to deploy large number of security forces and members of their secret agencies to provide security to men and material to keep their control over the area and the local population by coercion and intimidation. It can be easily imagined the kind of geographical and human destruction will be caused due to the construction of these projects.  Besides the Pakistani security forces and its notorious intelligence agency ISI are infamous to terrorise indigenous people directly and also by using trained terrorist organizations. It is to be mentioned here that after  the construction of the KKH the mass killing of local people was done on the basis of their religious and political belief in the towns and even in their houses under the command of Pakistan Army in 1988 to create sectarian division among the indigenous people, so that nobody dares to raise any voice against Pakistani occupation and use of its land for terrorist activities within as well as across the borders. 

There is no legal/ constitutional judicial mechanism to protect people from human rights violations. Many so called accused are facing death sentences in Gilgit Baltistan Jails without giving them access to legal / constitutional High Court and Supreme Court.  Local population working in administration, Police, Education and Security Forces are not promoted for the top jobs and are always put under the final control of Pakistani citizens.  Indigenous people in government service have been insulted, degraded and never trusted. After the so-called Empowerment Package of 2009, Pakistani nationals are deputed even for the low grade posts in Police and Administration to hold its iron grip.

The holding of elections in GB on 8th June 2015 is a new drama of Pakistan to befool the international community and specially the EU, which had passed resolution in 2007 under Baroness Emma Nicholson. As per the legal obligations under the UNCIP resolutions of 28th April 1949, Pakistan was to withdraw its forces and citizens from the occupied territory of Gilgit Baltistan and J&K to pave way for plebiscite. The Pakistan government is also under the obligation to allow political activities and freedom of expression but government of Pakistan violate this and impose its own political and religious parties to threaten the local population with the help of its terrorist organizations.  The absence of free and independent Judiciary, independent media and human rights organizations helps Pakistani regime to violate all the civilised norms and Universal declaration of Human Rights.  Anyone who dares to protest against the atrocities of Pakistani administration and its intelligence agencies is tortured and finally eliminated. In this connection it is to be mentioned here that innocent protestors were killed in Chilas, when they protested peacefully against the construction of Diamar Bhasha Dam on their land, the UN disputed territory without their consultation. Similarly innocent protestors were killed in Hunza.  In addition after these brutal killings a large number of innocents who were protesting against these killings were arrested and declared as terrorists and were brutally tortured by intelligence agencies and many of them were awarded life imprisonment by the illegal and unconstitutional terrorist courts in Gilgit.

The appointment of so-called administration (Chief Minister and Ministers) and Chief Election Commissioner and appointment of a Pakistani national as governor to rig the elections for the so-called GBLA (Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly, which has never allowed to legislate), clears the intention of government of Pakistan and its powerful Army to stage a drama of elections.  In a recent example a local known corrupt leader has joined PML(N) on the promised that he would be considered for the post of speaker if he joins the party.  Recently a caretaker minister exposed the involvement of ISI and Pakistani Military stationed at Gilgit in the political affairs of Gilgit Baltistan claiming that he has been appointed as minister by ISI and FCNA.  The main political party of GB, the BNF has announced boycotting of the elections, scheduled for 8th June 2015, because the whole election process which includes appointment of powerless Chief Election Commissioner and Chief Minister, the governor by Pakistan from PMLN constituency of Punjab has cleared the drama of this election much before.

Pakistan has no right to change demography of Gilgit-Baltistan by settling its own citizens in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan has no right to change its geography by constructing 6 mega dams including Diamar Basha Dam and Pakistan has no right to make any agreement with any country on behalf of Gilgit-Baltistan, unless 2 million people of this land are given the right by impartial referendum under UN mandate to do so.

In view of the above we the 2 million local population of Gilgit Baltistan (Pakistan and China occupied) and Chitral (borders with Al-Qaida Taliban control area of Badakhshan, Kunar and Nuristan provinces of Afghanistan) here by appeal the UN, USA and EU to put pressure on China and Pakistan to vacate the occupation of Gilgit Baltistan by following their obligation of UN resolutions and ask Pakistan to end its illegal occupation of  Chitral and allow the local people to rule their Motherland.

BNF appeals to the people of Gilgit-Baltistan and the civilized society of the world and UN to stop Pakistan from fraudulent elections and to refrain the Sale deed, which gives the whole Gilgit-Baltistan to China under the pretext of Economic Corridor agreement, because Pakistan has no authority to make any agreement about the future of disputed land without the mandate of the people and without UN.

In the last Balawaristan National Front (BNF) appeals UN and UN affiliated Human Rights Organizations on behalf of 2 million indigenous people of Gilgit Baltistan, to ask Pakistanis regime to stop the torture of peaceful political leaders and give them the right of speech and to write or to handover letters to UN or any legal organizations and withdraw terrorists acts and sedition charges against the detainees of 4th June in Gilgit.

Abdul Hamid Khan
Balawaristan National Front (BNF)