People have come out on the streets against the Pakistan government’s attempt to change the situation here by making Gilgit Baltistan a separate province. The people of Gilgit-Baltistan organized protests against the government in Muzaffarabad (slave occupied Kashmir), Karachi and Huja. These people have also protested against action against human rights activists like Baba Jaan.

A leader of the Gilgit Baltistan Youth Alliance in Karachi said, “We are not going to give up until all the workers are released from the jails.” We are all ready to be arrested. We are looking forward to the next step of the Asaran-e-Hunja Releasing Committee. As soon as we agree to this, we will organize a massive protest from Daimar, Darrel to the Khunjerab border. We will also perform in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. If needed, we will go on strike.

Pakistan has announced to hold elections in Gilgit-Baltistan. Referring to the statements of the Pakistani leadership on this issue, India recently said that Pakistan has no right to interfere in India’s internal affairs. Our stance is clear and consistent. The entire Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh is an integral part of India and always will be. 

Despite India’s strong objections, Pakistan has announced to hold elections for the assembly of Gilgit Baltistan on 15 November. Earlier elections in the strategically important region were postponed. President Dr. Arif Alvi on Wednesday issued a notification in this regard.

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