Nothing changes for the people of Gilgit – Baltistan, be it the military rulers or the so-called democratic rulers. One expected some concrete steps from the present rulers because of their past record but it seems that they have more important duties to perform. We are still drunken to the wine of ‘abolishment of FCR’ and the ‘states’. There are people who still justify their support for the PPP because BB established the first legislative council. President Musharraf , on these scales, is far better than the so-called leaders of the poor. At least he has given us the KIU!
The PM announced his first hundred days plan and there wasn’t a single point related to Gilgit – Baltistan. The Federal Minister visited the region, repeating the same old, rotten, useless, slogans of ‘rights’. Our so-called leaders are content with the increase in their salaries and not expecting anything more than that. Their whining for rights doesn’t comply with their self serving policies.
The law and order situation in Gilgit, yet again, has become very turbulent. During the past few weeks the walls of the Gilgit city have been painted with hateful, sectarian, slogans against different sects. There have been incidents where sectarian hate literature has been distributed. The clashes between students, belonging to sectarian outfits, at Karakuram International University is also disturbing. Apparently, as the regional press reports, the government hasn’t yet awaken to address the situation.
We hope that the government realizes its responsibilities related to maintainance of law and order in the region and ensures that political rights are given to the region, to avoid further deterioration of the situation, in the long run.