Pakistan may declare Gilgit-Baltistan as fifth province: Minister Pirzada

Kashmir ex-rebels say India cheated them on deal to renounce fighting

An opportunity for Pak-India ties

India labelled Pakistan as producer of terrorism at the United Nations saying apart from becoming world's terrorism factory, Pakistan has also alienated its own people through continued mistreatment of minorities.

India and Pakistan have fought three major wars since the latter declared its independence in 1947. However, India claims the Gilgit-Baltistan area as an integral part of its territory.

He also added that such attempts will not hide the illegality of Pakistan's forcible occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir. "Any unilateral step by Pakistan to alter the status of that part will have no basis in law and will be completely unacceptable", Gopal Baglay told media persons.

Paksitan's minister for inter-provincial coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada told Geo TV that the decision was on recommendation of a committee headed by Advisor of Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.

The contents of the committee report remain a secret.

He said Pakistan wants peaceful neighbourhood to achieve the goal of regional prosperity but unfortunately India is using Pakistan card in domestic politics. But it would also be foolish to ignore how Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is in trouble on several fronts, including the Panama Papers leak investigations case pending in court, the outcome of which could singe his political career.

"BNF and other political and religious workers in Pakistan occupied Gilgit Baltistan are facing death sentence in fake cases without right of appeal in any High Court and Supreme Court", he said.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday, however, said that CPEC had nothing to do with its stand on Kashmir.

In 2015, the region saw its second Assembly polls.

The move may raise concerns in India as the disputed region borders Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Indus Water Commissioners of Pakistan and India are set to hold a two-day dialogue in Punjab's capital on March 20 and 21 after a lull of two years on Indus Water Treaty.

He said that thousands of terrorists and more than a dozen terrorist organizations are active within different madrasas, religious and political parties, who enjoy full impunity under institutions of the Pakistan Government.

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