It is a challenging time for the scholars, academia and even intelligentsia to expose the real face of such forces, who desire to push Pakistan to the dark ages. Besides, the electronic and print media of Pakistan should also expose to the nation, the ill designs of such elements and their global supporters, who provide them the platform, finances and facilities to launch propaganda against the national integrity of Pakistan.
Anti-Pakistan forces including India and its foreign collaborators have
made a sinister move and launched propaganda campaign to poison the
minds of people of Gilgit-Baltistan by distorting history.
Gilgit-Baltistan (BG) is integral part of Pakistan, and the people are
as patriotic and brave as people of other regions of Pakistan. They had
fought against Indian forces and were able to get the area freed from
Indian Army in 1948.
Of course, differences between various sects exist in Pakistan, and
terrorists have killed people belonging to different sects. But India is
trying to stir anti-Pakistan sentiments in the GB. In this context,
Imtiaz Hussain, president of GB National Congress and Senge H. Sering
President of Washington-based Institute of GB Studies are trying to
create ill-will amongst the people of the GB and people of other
provinces. They also advocate resumption of traffic and trade across LoC
(from GB to Ladakh), while opposing building of dams, expressways,
railways and gas pipelines by Government of Pakistan.
But they ignore the fact that apart from Kashmir being a disputed
territory, India is busy building dams on all rivers flowing into
Pakistan from occupied Kashmir in violation of Indus Water Treaty to
regain control of water of western rivers. This is being done under well
thought-out strategy to render Pakistan’s link-canal system redundant,
destroy agriculture of Pakistan, which is its mainstay, and turn
Pakistan into a desert.
India has planned to construct 62 dams/hydro-electric units on Rivers
Chenab and Jhelum; thus enabling it to render these rivers dry by 2014.
Using its clout in Afghanistan, India succeeded in convincing Karzai
regime to build a dam on River Kabul and set up Kama Hydroelectric
Project using 0.5MAF of Pakistan water. It offered technical assistance
for the proposed project, which would have serious repercussions on the
water flow in River Indus. Since the US has decided to withdraw its
forces from Afghanistan, and has belatedly realized that without the
cooperation from Pakistan, it is not possible to ensure and sustain
peace in Afghanistan.
India now feels that it has no role after American and NATO forces
withdraw from Afghanistan; hence India has increased its efforts to
destabilize Pakistan through its collaborators. Sering is spreading
disinformation, and is trying to create confusion about status of GB in
the eyes of the GB people and the world at large.
There is a perception that he has been assigned the task of creating
sense of separatism and stirring feelings of dissent among the GB
people. He is currently based in New Delhi and is a visiting faculty for
Indian Institute of Defense and Strategic Analysis (IDSA). Sering with
help of Indian diplomatic cadre has managed to participate in UNHCR
sessions, only to highlight (alleged) HR violations in GB. The Institute
for GB Studies professes cultural, economic and environmental rights of
people of GB, but actually conducts venomous propaganda against
Pakistan, and is involved in creating hatred between different sects and
the people belonging to different ethnicities.
But people of GB would not buy into Indian propaganda and distorted
logic of anti-Pakistan, and are resolved to frustrate the pernicious
designs of anti-Pakistan forces because they are as patriotic as people
from other parts of Pakistan.
In November 2012, Institute for Gilgit-Baltistan Studies in its
testimony before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the US
Congress, called for demilitarization of Gilgit-Baltistan, what it said,
with a view to promoting genuine autonomy and democracy, for
re-instatement of state subject rule and people to people contact
between Ladakh and Gilgit-Baltistan. “The US must persuade both India
and Pakistan to open channels of economic and cultural activity between
Ladakh and Gilgit-Baltistan and enable the UN to increase its role in
Gilgit-Baltistan to protect the rights of natives,” said Senge Sering
during a hearing by Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on Indigenous
People of Asia.
In November 2012, the UK based think tank The Henry Jackson Society, in
collaboration with the Washington based Institute for Gilgit Baltistan
Studies, held an event titled “Gilgit-Baltistan: South-Central Asia’s
Socio-Economic Integration and Regional Politics” at the House of Lords.
One wonders as to why Britain allows its think tanks to involve in
anti-Pakistan activities. Lord Sir Clive Soley of Hammersmith had
reportedly facilitated the discussion and the panel consisted of Mumtaz
Khan, Executive Director of International Center for Peace and
Democracy, and Senge H. Sering, President of the Institute for Gilgit
Baltistan Studies. The speakers observed that revival of travel across
the Line of Control between Gilgit-Baltistan and Ladakh would help
reunite more than ten thousand divided family members after more than
At the same time, they reckoned that it will help revive the Himalayan
culture to counter rapidly growing extremism and transform the economy
of the poverty-stricken disputed region by interlinking the GB with
Central Asia and Ladakh, Nepal and Tibet.
Addressing on the occasion Senge H. Sering concluded: “China’s role in
South Asia will increase with the withdrawal of NATO forces from
Afghanistan, putting excessive pressure on the land, society and
resources of Gilgit-Baltistan, and that Pakistan and China should
respect the concerns of the locals in this regards”. In fact, India and
its strategic partners are covertly working on the policy to contain
China, and they use each every ruse and subterfuge to paint China in
poor light. India had also raised objection to Neelam-Jhelum
hydroelectric project being constructed by China on the grounds that it
was a disputed territory.
China did not pay two hoots or deemed it necessary to comment on Indian
pleas. Since Pakistan took the decision to construct Bhasha Dam, India
persuaded the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank not to fund the
project, as according to it the Northern Areas are a disputed territory.
Reportedly, both banks have sought no objection from India. Nobody asks
India as to why it was constructing dams in Indian Occupied Kashmir,
which is indeed a disputed territory as acknowledged in UNSC
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