Balawaristan National Front’s letter to Indian Prime Minister (November 27th 2001)

Balawaristan National Front’s letter to Indian Prime Minister (November 27th 2001)

Ref: BN/4-14/1

His Excellency
Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee
Prime Minister of India
New Delhi

Sub: Reminder

Dear Sir,

I have the honour to draw your kind attention towards my earlier petition (Sub: “Include Gilgit Baltistan in J&K (Jammu and Kashmir) dialogue” dated December 18, 2000), on the subject cited above, and inform you further about the prevailing anti-people activities of Pakistan in Balawaristan (Pakistan Occupied Gilgit-Baltistan (POGB)). You may kindly recall, I represent the Balawaristan National Front (BNF) on behalf of two million people dwelling in 28,000 sq miles (44,800 sq km) of Gilgit-Baltistan. While Pakistan calls it the Northern Areas, we call it Balawaristan, which is the disputed part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Balawaristan National Front (BNF) has been struggling against the illegal occupation of Pakistan since 1992. The people of Balawaristan are deprived of all their basic human rights, political and economic rights, and are subject to incessant oppression by Pakistan. We suffer untold miseries at the hands of the Pakistan Army and its intelligence agencies, which are deployed in strength to subdue the nationalists of our area. Because the people of Balawaristan have been demonstrating their anger about, and rejection of, the Pakistani occupation, they continue to be targeted and eliminated silently. Your honour can imagine that more than 100 political leaders and workers, including me, are facing state treason charges (Pakistani section 124 A), while there is no single person who faces such charges in your part of J&K instead of their anti-India campaign on the direct instigation of Pakistan.

In the light of the abovementioned atrocities and evil designs of Pakistan, we the people of Balawaristan, do not want to become a votary of Pakistan in any way if plebiscite/referendum is held. We also request your honour to invite the nationalists of Balawaristan and POK (Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir) to participate in the J&K dialogue to strengthen the Indian stand.

We request your honour to invite the candidates of Balawaristan and POK to fill the 25 vacant seats in the J&K Assembly, which have been laying vacant for the last many years. Therefore, the elected representatives of Balawaristan and POK would represent their areas, and reveal the oppression of Pakistan before the civilised world on the one hand; on the other, India will automatically gain the favour of the people of these areas.

I also appeal to your government to deliver the orders to the concerned authority to ensure the representation of Balawaristan (POGB) and PoK in the J&K Assembly by following the Indian and J&K constitutions.

Abdul Hamid Khan
Balawaristan National Front (BNF)

Head Office:-
Majini Mahala, Gilgit, Balawaristan
(Pakistan Occupied Gilgit Baltistan)

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2 Responses to Balawaristan National Front’s letter to Indian Prime Minister (November 27th 2001)

  1. Afaq Shah says:

    I appreciate Kashmirihindu for publishing this historical letter written by Mr. Abdul Hamid Khan to the Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayi about the atrocities of Pakistan in Balawaristan and future possible future road map of the accupied region. This letter represents the wishes of the people of Gilgit Baltistana as the religeous idealogical base of Pakistan has spare no space for other people to live in this country. Pakistan has already given more than enough time to win the hearts and minds of the two million people of Gilgit Baltistan but it failed to do so. Now we have no choice axcept the independence of the 28000 square mile area and two million people of the region. For this great purpose Mr. Abdul Hamid Khan has intiated his genorous struggle 15 years ago and by the time now he must be proud to have the whole nation stand by him for this great aim.

    Afaq Shah

  2. kashmirihindu says:

    Dear Afaq,

    We are with you as you belongs to J&K as you are our brothers.

    If you wants send any details or post i will definitely put in my blogs.

    You can mail me

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