Sharif’s exit leads PoK Gilgit-Baltistan leaders to say Kashmiris may rethink on alignment with Pakistan

Islamabad, Aug 04 : The Supreme Court of Pakistan’s landmark verdict to disqualify Nawaz Sharif from holding the office of Prime Minister on alleged charges of corruption, has led concerned heads of government in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan to warn that Kashmiris may have to rethink on whether or not to align with Pakistan in the future.

In the week gone by, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider and Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman both blamed the Supreme Court as well as Pakistan’s armed forces for the dismissal of Nawaz Sharif.

Prime Minister Farooq Haidar Khan said that after Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification, “We will have to rethink if we want to be with Pakistan or which country we want to be a part of”.

The editorial went on to say that both Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider and Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman have hurt the sentiments of Kashmiris as well as a vast majority of Pakistanis, and unwittingly embarrassed their own PML-N.

It said they needed to apologize for their “utterly unacceptable remarks.”

For the record, both Raja and Rehman maintained that Shairif’s dismissal has once again created “doctrine of necessity” and that the PML-N would not allow the democratic process in Pakistan to be derailed.

They maintained that Sharif had taken initiatives to bring Pakistan-administered Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan into the national mainstream and ensured substantial increases in their respective development budget.

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