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BJP Slams Govt for Ignoring Gilgit-Baltistan Issue
Jammu: APR 09, 2012: The BJP has criticised the UPA and Jammu and Kashmir governments for their “indifferent response” to killings of Shia Muslims and human rights violations in Gilgit-Baltistan area of Pakistan administered Kashmir.
It said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh failed to raise the issue with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari during his visit yesterday.
“We are disappointed by the failure of the Indian side to raise the issue during President Zardari’s visit to New Delhi amid speculation that Pakistan may lease out portions of Gilgit-Baltistan to China. The PM-Zardari meet ignored the issue,” state chief spokesperson and national executive member Jitendra Singh said.
Singh claimed that entire Gilgit-Baltistan is under virtual seige of Pakistan army for the last several days while street clashes and anti-Shiariots continue unabated despite curfew imposed by Pakistan authorities.
He alleged that Pakistan authorities were carrying out oppression and killing of innocent Shia Muslims in the region.
Singh also questioned the credibility of human rights activists and agencies who are “vociferous about alleged human rights violations in Kashmir valley but not in Gilgit-Baltistan”.