Jammu, Apr 29 - Asserting that Pakistan has no ownership over Gilgit-Baltistan, which it reportedly plans to lease out to China for 50 years, BJP today said the Central government has to take strong steps to save the region and its people from being killed.
"Pakistan has no title-ship of the land of Gilgat- Baltistan. As per the Constitution of Pakistan it is not a Pak area -- It is a J-K area", Jammu and Kashmir Prabhari (in charge) Prof Jagdish Mukhi told reporters here today.
Responding to a query on reports about the Pak plan to lease out Gilgat-Baltistan to China for 50 years, Mukhi said, "Pakistan does not have ownership over that region".
"We condemn such moves. We want the Centre to take strong steps in this regard. It is a Central subject. They need to intervene", he said.
Lashing out at the J-K Government for `double standards', Mukhi said, "J-K people raise a hue and cry when their land is leased out for any project to the Centre, but keep mum to the fate of Gilgat-Baltistan which is a part of Jammu and Kashmir".
BJP has brought a resolution in this regard, he said, adding that human rights violations are taking place in Gilgat-Baltistan and Central government is silent over it.
"There are massacres and killings of Shia Muslims in Gilgat-Baltistan. They are being arrested without warrants. Grave human rights violations are taking place", BJP spokesman and Dr Jitender Singh told reporters.
He said the UPA and state governments should show concern at the state of the human rights violations there and raise the issue with Pak to bring normalcy there.
"As Gen Kayani visits China, reports are that Pakistan is planning to lease out Gilgat-Baltistan to China for 50 years, which has been opposed by people of that area resulting in their killings", he asserted.
The Centre should implement the Parliament resolution of 1984 to take back PoK from Pakistan, he said, adding that BJP will continue to fight for this demand.
Demanding the United Nation and Centre pass resolutions to stop killings in that area immediately, he said that the ministry of External Affairs should also seek answers from Pakistan over Human rights violations in that region.
Mukhi said that the government should increase the time period of electoral revision for Municipal and Local body elections by 15 days as rolls are incomplete.
"We will put forth our demand in this direction before the Election Commission", he said.
To another question that Prof Chaman Lal Gupta, who was BJP legislative Party Leader before being expelled from the party for cross-voting, had expelled four BJP members, he said "He is a seasoned politician -- one who sells once cannot be a buyer -- he has been expelled by the party. He had no powers to do so".
"All those who had left the party after cross-voting will be brought back and those expelled would not be taken back", Mukhi asserted. PTI