Reports from Pakistan had said plans were underway to change the administrative status of Gilgit to tighten Pakistan's grip, and that a committee had suggested to integrate the region into Pakistan's federal structure. In fact, keeping these areas as a disputed territory is problematic for Pakistan so they want to make it their fifth province.
March 14: United Kashmir People's National Party (UKPNP) chairman Shaukat Ali Kashmiri has said that Jammu and Kashmir International People's Alliance (JKIPA) is seriously concerned about the massive human rights violations committed against minorities in Pakistan.
"The position of the government on Jammu and Kashmir is consistent and well known".
India on Thursday made it clear that Islamabad's reported attempts to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as the fifth province of Pakistan is "illegal" and completely unacceptable. "It will also not be able to hide the tremendous and very concerning human rights violation and denial of freedom that has been going in those parts under Pakistan's control for the last 70 years", Baglay told the media in Delhi.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Nafees Zakaria, today, in its weekly press briefing has strongly condemned Indian occupation forces' continued brutalities in India occupied Kashmir, which claimed life of a minor Kashmiri girl Kaneeza while another minor boy was injured.
The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which connects China's western Xinjiang province with Pakistan, passes through Gilgit Baltistan.
Pakistan's minister for inter-provincial coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada on Wednesday while talking to Geo TV channel said that Pakistan under a committee headed by former national security advisor Sartaj Aziz proposed to give province status to Gilgit-Baltistan region.
"The indigenous people of PoGB and BNF particularly have no place to file an appeal/writ against these Pakistani allegations and slanders and atrocities because there is no legal/constitutional judicial system in this UN-declared disputed part of J&K", he added. Political activists and religious persons and students of Pakistan occupied Gilgit Baltistan (PoGB) who do not comply with ISI's dictation have been framed under anti-Terrorist act of Schedule 4. It has a regional assembly and an elected CM. Pakistan is unsure of the population of Gilgit-Baltistan as they have agitated against Pakistani establishment time and again.
Earlier, Baloch political and human rights activists demanded a special rapporteur in the United Nations to probe gross human rights violations in Pakistan's Balochistan province.