Sunday 29 November 2020
- Advertisement -

Imran grants provisional provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan amid protests

Imran said one of the reasons for me coming to Gilgit-Baltistan is to announce that we have decided to grant Gilgit-Baltistan the provisional provincial status

- Advertisement -
Politics World Imran grants provisional provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan amid protests

Despite the ongoing protests against the Pakistan government over its decision to change the status of Gilgit-Baltistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan on 1 November announced the granting of provisional-provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistani media reported.

“One of the reasons for me coming to Gilgit-Baltistan is to announce that we have decided to grant Gilgit-Baltistan the provisional provincial status,” Khan said while speaking during his visit to Gilgit-Baltistan. This comes following Saudi Arabia removing Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan from Pakistan’s map. Massive protests have been taking place against the Imran Khan-led government over the issue of Gilgit Baltistan.

This announcement is likely to spark massive outrage as it will have much wider implications which will set the tone for exacerbating tensions, that is already being played out in the east along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the India-China border.

On 8 October, in Muzaffarabad city of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), a massive protest was organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front and Student Liberation Front against the government’s decision to make Gilgit-Baltistan a province. Political activists said that they will sacrifice themselves but will not let Pakistan alter the status of the region. People from Gilgit-Baltistan, who have been living in other Pakistani towns, have taken to the streets against Islamabad’s arbitrary decision.

Gilgit- Baltistan, earlier known as Northern Areas has been governed by the “Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self-Governance Order of 2009”, which established an electoral framework. Elections have been held in the region under the Order that provides for only limited autonomy.

The people accuse Pakistan of systematically exploiting the region of its resources and sharing no dividends with them. Any resistance they say meets brutal government reprisal with activists and leaders hounded, arrested and tortured.

Earlier in September, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had stated that they have seen reports regarding elections to the so-called “Gilgit-Baltistan” Assembly to be held on 15 November and took a strong objection to it. “The Government of India conveyed strong protest to Pakistan Government and reiterated that Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, including the so-called Gilgit and Baltistan, are an integral part of India,” the MEA had said.

Massive anti-Paksitan protests hit PoK

The Muzaffarabad city in PoK had earlier on 8 October witnessed a massive protest was organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front and Student Liberation Front against the Pakistan government’s decision to make Gilgit-Baltistan a province.

Political activists said that they will sacrifice themselves but will not let Pakistan alter the status of the region. People from Gilgit-Baltistan, who have been living in other Pakistani towns, have taken to the streets against Islamabad’s arbitrary decision.

- Advertisement -

Views

Hindu Censored By Social Media Too

Since late 2017, as the social media companies got surefooted of their stranglehold over conversations in India, views of Hinduism and Sanatana Dharma have...
- Advertisement -

Interfaith Marriage Fraught With Risks Even Sans Love Jihad

Inter-faith marriages are being utilised as tools to facilitate irreversible changes to India's religious demography by the vested interests who dream of 'Abrahamising' India and finally complete their unfinished agenda

World Order Is Changing: 2+2 Takeaway

The world is reordering itself to resist Chinese moves with the US, France, Britain and allied countries moving towards military partnerships

Related news

- Advertisement -

1 COMMENT

%d bloggers like this: