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[Other Voices] A powerless legislature for Gilgit-Baltistan

by Abbas Ali Khan

The new reforms package, keeping in view the past history, is a progressive step for it recognises the fundamental human rights of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. But it seems that the media in Pakistan is not fully aware of the history of Gilgit-Baltistan because it often describes the region as part of Jammu and Kashmir. A reputed national daily in its headline even named Gilgit-Baltistan as Northern Areas of Kashmir rather than its previous name of Northern Areas of Pakistan.

Renaming the region, one hopes, would end the confusion and help promote its political position as a separate entity from Kashmir.

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  1. My dear!!!! You might be listing TV shows in present!! the new term is “Pakistan on Sale” We never prefere to be part of a coutry which is already on sale!!

  2. A correction to be made by PT. the Author of the article ‘A powerless legislature for Gilgit-Baltistan’ as published in Dawn is Abbas Ali, not Abbas Ali Khan. Further to respond to Shahid, I would say that neither we want to be Kashmiries. I think Abbas Ali a prolific writer of Gilgit-Baltistan has very well put the case forward, neither supporting the Pakistani rule over our beloved homeland Gilgit-Baltistan nor giving up to the calims of Kashmiries for Giglit-Baltistan being part of JK. If you try to well understood the article you could find many things in it, that ranges form the atrocities of governments in Islamabad including the recent reforms package and the role of Media for itss being ignorent about a very important and strategic location of the world. I personally salute Abbas Ali Sahip for his contributions to raise awarness and putting things in a logical manner into the ears and minds of many of us and them.

    Hyder Shah, Islamabad

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