border review | 15 July 2011

New battle for Kashmir?

Ali Ashraf Khan for Pakistan Observer on a well-intended meeting co-organised by “Friends of Gilgit-Baltistan” (a group of members of the European Parliament formed back in 2009) under the title “Xinjiang and Gilgit-Baltistan. The politics of exploitation”: > I was unable to understand, why the sponsors have linked the two different situations under the banner of The Politics of Exploitation […] The people in Xinjiang province enjoy equal rights as their other Chinese brothers and sisters, so it appears to me that sponsors of such like meetings are working on some hidden agenda not only to continue deprivation from implementing UN Resolutions on Kashmir by not holding plebiscite to please India but are also trying to promote their heinous agenda by bringing Xinjiang on such agenda to create gulf between the time tested friendship that exist between the two countries and its people to suit the American agenda to build India as a stumbling block against China, which the people in Pakistan would never like. So my humble advice to the sponsors of this meeting & friends of Gilgit-Baltistan is not allow their forum to be used for some ulterior objectives to bring bad name for Pakistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Regardless of wether the Uyghurs really consider themselves to be treated as equal Chinese citizens or not, this is a noteworthy perspective both on life across the border and on the politics of support groups around the globe.