While most Pakistanis rejoiced on the streets having chosen leaders of their choice a considerable number of people in Gilgit-Baltistan also wishfully joined in. The PPPP organized a rally in Gilgit City to celebrate success of its party candidates in rest of Pakistan. Similar rallies were also organized in other remote parts of the region. Supporters of PML (N) also came on the roads and danced to the tunes of slogans and music. The excietment was not less than that observed in Karachi, Quetta, Lahor or Peshawar.
This excietment, despite of the depoliticization policies adopted by successive governments, is amazing. Some are quick to conclude that such rallies are sponsored by elite leaders of the political parties and, thus, lack public legitimacy. This thinking presumes a divide in the interests and attitudes of the workers, or general public, and the leaders.
Others, however, maintain that these events reflect on a deeper yearning on part of the people of this deprived region to be part of the country’s political mainstream.
There are some, nevertheless, who term such jubiliation as “the dance of slaves” or “dancing in chians”.
I will invite readers of Pamir News to share their ideas in this regard.