Srinagar - Veteran Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani yesterday opposed Pakistan’s moves to merge Gilgit-Baltistan with the country, saying it has no constitutional or moral “justification” to do so and that any such step will be “betrayal” with Kashmiris.

“There are no constitutional as well as moral justification in making any decision over any part of this territory without the consent of its people and it is also clear violation of the UN resolutions on Kashmir,” the Kashmiri leader said in a statement in Srinagar.

“No such action will be acceptable to the Kashmiri people...It will be a betrayal with them,” Geelani said.

Geelani said Hurriyat was not against the economic development and prosperity of the South-Asian region but creating trade routes at the cost of rights, interests, wishes and sacrifices of Kashmiri nation is “injustice and unkind”.