While Pakistan was seeking self-determination in Jammu and Kashmir, "it was not even prepared to allow democracy on its side of the border," Baronness Emma Nicholson MEP said at a two-day international conference on 'Constitutional, Political and Socio-economic conditions of Gilgit Baltistan' at the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday.
Baronness Emma Nicholson was on a fact finding visit to both sides of Kashmir. She had tabled a report on the "suppression of human rights" in the Northern Areas of PoK which was adopted by the European Parliament in 2007.
The pakis however went of a diplomatic charge and watered down the report.
Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri seem to have got this part right. He has suffered the Paki double standards in the Pakistani Occupied kashmir. Shaukat Ali Kashmiri wanted the European Parliament to set up a fact-finding mission on the ground realities in the Gilgit and Baltistan region and other parts of the PoK.
The part Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri seem to have got it wrong is independence from India. If an independent kashmir comes up, it will have 3 threats. 1) Pakis 2) Chinese Communists who nibble into everything 3) Infighting from within. They can have UN setup in Kashmir, but, isn't it already there and is it working?