by Aslam Khan Ghalib
There are very strong a reason why Pakistan and rest of the world is tilted towards Gilgit Baltistan (so-called Northern Areas).The first reason demanding attention is the geopolitical worth, which is not determined by physical size but location. This is significant since the cold war era from a strategic perspective and still remains equally important in an age dominated by the needs of free trade. Much of the oil and gas which would be heading Pakistan would come through Northern areas. The diamer Dam that is expected to meet much of the energy and water requirements is situated here.
Nonetheless the beauty of the region which has fascinated many from the whole globe is source of income for many and adds to the economy of the country is still not recognized and appreciated earnestly.
The image of the region which is something of an obsession with the government of Pakistan is not entirely divorced from reality. What was sown in the early days is being repeated today leading to instability in the region.
Despite the realities about the region there are still certain elements which have never wanted the region to blossom. This is the reason that still the poor mountain men are deprived of the constitutional rights and many more.
The recent opinion of US regarding Osama’s presence in the vicinity of K_2 is yet another game being planned to let down the image of the region before the entire world. It shows a marked diplomacy and strong interest of US to minimize the rate of the current developmental works being carried out in coordination with China and central Asian countries. It also is an obstacle towards the flow of tourism in the region.
My request from the well reputed and intellectuals of the region would be to strive for the reinstatement of the rights that have been snatched from the oppressed and to show the real face of the region to the whole world.