Essay

Gilgit games

Print edition : May 12, 2017

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. In 1973, he felt himself free to offer Azad Kashmir three choices--the status quo, provincial status or a full-fledged province of Pakistan. He asked it "not to aspire for an independent status". Photo: The Hindu Archives

Sheikh Abdullah. His government issued a White Paper in 1982 that established convincingly that Gilgit was an integral part of the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Gen. Zia ul-haq. His assertion that Gilgit was a part of Pakistan was refuted not only by Sheikh Abdullah but also by Azad Kashmir leader Sardar Mohammed Ibrahim. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Kashmiris have objected unanimously to Pakistan’s move to make Gilgit-Baltistan one of its provinces. Rather late in the day they have discovered that Pakistan’s interests are different from those of Kashmir.
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