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Pak’s sell out of Northern Areas

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By K.N. Pandita

In its issue of August 16, the New York Times published a short and succinct article by Selig Harrison on new developments in Gilgit-Baltistan region. He is a well-known American commentator on political affairs in South Asia and director of the Asia Programme at the Center for International Policy besides a former South Asia bureau chief of The Washington Post. He commands great respect with the American think-tanks handling South Asian affairs. This writer had an opportunity of an hour long exchange of ideas with him at Carnegie Institute in Washington way back in 1994 following which excerpts of that interview were published in the columns of this paper.

Pakistani print media closed the eyes to the piece titled ‘China’s Discreet Hold on Pakistan’s Northern Borderlands’, and only a small section of Indian print media mentioned it albeit perfunctorily. However, belatedly and in low key, Pakistan official circles repudiated the revelations, and denied the presence of PLA activist in Gilgit-Baltistan region. Continue Reading…