Islamabad, October 19: Federal Communication Minister, Arbab Alamgeer, has once again said that according to constitution Gilgit – Baltistan is a disputed territory, just like Kashmir. He said that according to law GB is not entitled to get any royalty because it is not constitutional part of Pakistan. He made this statement while talking about the royalty issue of Diamir Dam.
The minister also said that GB would get the “user charges” for Diamir Dam. He has also reportedly said that Governor and Chief Minister of Gilgit – Baltistan are not constitutional positions.
Statements of the federal minister confirm the analysis of independent groups, mostly nationalistic parties, that the ‘empowerment and self-government order’ is nothing more than a cosmetic set-up, meant to further complicate the constitutional status of Gilgit – Baltistan region.
The nationalist circles are questioning the rationale of constructing the dam in a disputed territory. They consider construction of the Dam in Diamir as a brazen land grabbing attempt by the government of Pakistan. The nationalists also demand of the United Nation to take notice of the ‘neo-colonial colonization of Gilgit – Baltistan’.