Islamabd, May 10: A large number of youth from Hunza, living in the twin cities Islamababd-Rawalpindi, held a protest demonstration in front of Islamabad press club. They were demanding basic human rights for the people of Gilgit – Baltistan. The protest was led by Rehmat Aliand Aziz Jan of the Peoples Youth Organisationa and Naik Alam and Ajaz Karim of the Peoples Student Federation. The participants were holding banners with slogans about corruptions and mismanagements in Sost Dry Port during last years.
The protestors demanded that the new Government must give basic human and constitutional rights to Gilgit-Baltistan and declare the region as fifth province of Pakistan. They also demanded for an independent judiciary and additional seats for Hunza, Nagar Ghizer and Ghanche in Northern Areas Legislative Assembly (NALA). Terming the present cabinet of NALA as illegitimate they demanded holding of fresh elections for the Northern Areas Legislative Assembly.
They urged the national and international media to not mix and use the name of Northern Areas for the problem hit areas of NWFP and Tribal areas. They demanded that the region be renamed to avoid such ‘hurting’ confusions.
They demanded for an international level compensation for the affectees of Diamer-Basha Dam and KKH expanstion and stressed that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan shall be taken into confidence before initiating such mega projects.
The protesters ‘condemned the involvement of Chief Executive Northern Areas in mismanagement and corruption in Sost Dry Port and demanded for an independent investigation’. They also demanded for a fresh election of NALA. The participants further demanded to establish technical and professional institute in Gilgit-Baltistan.
They demanded governement facilitation in creation and expansion of opportunities in border trade, customs and related areas and called for development of a proper mechanism to deal with the menace of smuggling across the border. They also demanded from the governement to develop a comprehensive strategy to harness local handicraft and natural resources and provide proper facilities for tourism sector.