At the behest of China, it is being fiercely opposed within the country after Imran Khan’s decision to replace Gilgit-Baltistan as Pakistan’s fifth province. This week, Maulana Fazlur Rahman, the anti-Imran Khan leader, has come up with opposition leaders who have spoken of implementing it, citing Beijing’s agenda.
The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) president underlined that the granting of full status to the Gilgit-Baltistan region would be considered as India’s acceptance of Jammu and Kashmir as a union territory on 5 August last year.
Maulana Fazlur Rahman while speaking to reporters in Athmukum on Tuesday said, “The deal was done over the blood of Kashmiris … Kashmir is being traded in the name of diplomacy.” He said do not let Kashmir be partitioned. ”
Pakistan People’s Party President Latif Akbar of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir told reporters in Muzaffarabad that he did not accept the federal government’s decision to consider Gilgit-Baltistan as a province. Pakistan has traditionally claimed that the part of Kashmir that it occupies is semi-autonomous and does not formally conform to the situation in the country, stating that a referendum in the entire region Should be made.
However, the Imran Khan government has made it clear that they have no intention of taking a step backwards on Gilgit Baltistan and called the assembly elections in Gilgit-Baltistan on November 15 as the first step in this direction.
Experts in Pakistan-based India believe that the situation in Gilgit Baltistan has been changed by China Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Imran Khan under pressure from China as Beijing China wants to secure the Pakistan Economic Corridor.