Gilgit-Baltistan masses want merger with Pakistan says Asma Khan
Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, Kashmiri writer Asma Khan while strongly rejecting the Indian government’s claim about people in Gilgit-Baltistan has said that the people of the region wanted a merger with Pakistan, not secession from it.
Asma Khan, who is a native of Gilgit-Baltistan and married to a political family in Handwara, in her post on Facebook wrote that she had visited the region twice in the past four months and was in regular touch with relatives living in the region. She wrote that there were no such feelings of estrangement from Pakistan as were being projected by the Indian media.
“I have never come across the kind of disenchantment and unrest depicted on the news channels in Delhi… but the last time I checked, they were agitated, sure, but not on wanting to secede but rather for being completely assimilated into Pakistan,” Asma Khan wrote.
Another post that Asma Khan wrote on Facebook negated the BJP-led government’s claim that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan were resisting the 3,000-km-long China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).—KMS