The voice of dissent seems to be growing louder and louder with every passing day in Pakistan. People from civil society and intellectual spheres are questioning Pakistani Government from a long time and now even voices from the army have started challenging the establishment.
Retired Colonel Wajahat Hasan at the UNHRC on Wednesday slammed at Pakistan for repeatedly calling Jammu and Kashmir a “disputed area”.
“Pakistan says that the whole J&K is a disputed territory so there should be rights of self-determination. I must say that how Pakistan can claim that it is a disputed territory?” Hasan asked at the 42nd meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
“They have kept Gilgit-Baltistan under the cockpit of Kashmir for so long era that people don’t now about Gilgit-Baltistan’s importance and its link with the J&K state overall,” he added.
Colonel Hasan’s statement was backed by Gilgit Baltistan activist Senge H Sering who firmly stated that Gilgit Baltistan is very much a part of India. “Gilgit-Baltistan is a part of India. The members of the United Nations need to realise that Pakistan has become a huge stumbling block for the last 70 years,” he said.
“Article 370 had become a tool in the hands of few in J&K which gave them veto power over other ethnic and religious groups. People who were benefitting from it became allies of Pakistani military & were promoting Pak’s strategic interests in J&K,” he added.