British Parliament Snubs Pakistan For Claiming Gilgit- Baltistan
LONDON: Pakistan was rebuked by British Parliament when the latter passed a motion condemning the former for claiming parts of Indian territory. Pakistan recently announced that Gilgit- Baltistan as its fifth frontier. The motion affirmed that the region was part of Jammu & Kashmir illegally occupied by Pakistan in the invasion of 1947.
The motion,sponsored by Bob Blackman of Conservative Party, was tabled in Parliament on March 23. The motion criticised Pakistan for claiming a disputed territory.
“Gilgit-Baltistan is a legal and constitutional part of the state of Jammu & Kashmir, India, which is illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947, and where people are denied their fundamental rights including the right of freedom of expression,” the motion said.
The Parliament also expressed concern about the “forced and illegal construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (COEC).” The corridor is a 51.5 billion dollar project. The Chinese government said it will work with Pakistan to take forward the corridor project for the benefit of the people of both the countries. It’s plan is to connect Kashgar in Xinjiang province in Western China with the Gwadar Port in Balochistan Province in Pakistan.