The pain of parting persists and the people of Gilgit-Baltistan continue to hope and long for the day when they will be
Afzal Ali Shigri
Seventy-two years have passed without any resolution of the status of Gilgit-Baltistan.
Surreptitiously, vested interests have proposed a 19th-century police structure.
In view of the changed geo-strategic situation, Pakistan must rethink its approach to this crucial issue.
Yet another committee was established, protracting the sufferings of Gilgit-Baltistan’s people.
Halfway solutions can only reproduce another lawless Fata, with ominous ramifications for Pakistan.
The minister’s views are in conflict with the Supreme Court’s ruling on Gilgit-Baltistan.
The people of Gilgit-Baltistan can now approach the Supreme Court for their fundamental rights directly.
It was hoped that the new government would seek to address the GB question.
If the government is genuinely interested in this project, it must take some concrete steps.
The Government of Gilgit-Baltistan Order, 2018, retracted even the limited empowerment granted in 2009.
Attempts are afoot to reverse the march of history.
It appears that the centre’s aim is to impose cosmetic changes on GB’s governance structure.
The Gilgit-Baltistan Council is a typical creation of a colonised mindset.
Multiple land connections are key to CPEC’s success.
The situation will take decades to reset even if such inductions are stopped.
The simplest solution lies in setting into motion a concrete plan to merge Gilgit-Baltistan with Pakistan.
The role of the judicial magistrates is critical for thorough investigations and as a check on police.
The people of Gilgit-Baltistan have been waiting for full citizenship rights for almost 70 years.
The Gilgit-Baltistan people’s rights to their land must be recognised for CPEC to succeed.