Halfway solutions can only reproduce another lawless Fata, with ominous ramifications for Pakistan.
Afzal Ali Shigri
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.
Gilgit-Baltistan is strategically located at the entry point of the CPEC route.
The fundamental flaw of ATA is its definition of terrorism, which has led to its rampant misuse.
The failure to grant constitutional status to Gilgit-Baltistan may complicate CPEC’s legality.
Modern technology can be easily harnessed to open up a well-travelled historical route again.
It is time to enter into a new governance arrangement; empowering Gilgit-Baltistan residents.