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As the status of Kashmir is once again being debated due to changing geopolitics and economic interests, the British are back at the game. Recently, the British Parliament has passed a resolution criticizing Pakistan’s plan to annex Gilgit and Baltistan as part of its fifth province. This move, many Pakistani experts feel, could legitimize its territorial claim and supremacy of Pakistan constitution to govern the region legally. This will in turn keep Indian argument of GB as a disputed territory at bay. It appears that Pakistan has done it after some advice from the Chinese. If this was the case in the beginning that Pakistan wanted to annex GB as part of its fifth province, the job would have been done long ago.
Since Pakistan is looking for a fifth province which in the 60s and 70s it tried to annex Afghanistan as one such fifth province, every time the calculation has gone wrong.
Thus, what is the necessity to make GB as fifth province with so much in hurry. The Pakistani government which had earlier constituted a panel by Sartaj Aziz has now claimed that its recommendation on GB is the only way forward.
Although it has been a long pending demand of some GB provincial officials that to be part of Pakistan for local governance issues, that is largely on ad
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