Gilgit-Baltistan: Pakistan to undertake the province?

Sep 18 2020 09:17 AM
Gilgit-Baltistan: Pakistan to undertake the province?

Pakistan is everyday planning something new and many changes are also being announced in the country of Pakistan. Recently, the Pak government decided to make Gilgit-Baltistan their country’s fifth province, after two years when powers of the Islamabad-controlled assembly for the province were assigned to a local assembly. The government’s projections were drafted by the federal minister for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs, Ali Amin Gandapur, during a press meet with a group of journalists in Islamabad on Wednesday. He said the region will be granted the rank of a full-fledged territory with constitutional rights such as delegation in both houses of Parliament.

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In this regard, PM Imran Khan is assumed to visit the area promptly and will make a formal statement about the difference, one of the officials was quoted as saying in reports in the Pakistani media. The official stated, “After consultation with all stakeholders, the federal government has decided in principle to give constitutional rights to Gilgit-Baltistan. Our government has decided to deliver on the promise it made to the people there.”

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Over the matter, there was no immediate reaction to the minister’s remarks from Indian officials, though New Delhi has constantly denied changes that were created in the disputed region by the Pakistan government. India declares Gilgit-Baltistan as part of the former state of Jammu and Kashmir. People close with developments said the Pakistani military establishment had been in touch with political parties regarding the changes. Khan’s ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party is backing the changes with an eye on upcoming elections in Gilgit-Baltistan so that it can gain political profits and form the next government in the region.

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