Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

RPC Chilas warns the government of “serious consequences” if demands are not met

Farooq Khan

Chilas, December 11: Setting January 2 as deadline for approval of demands, the ‘Rights Protection Committee (RPC)’ of Chilas has warned the GB government of serious consequences if their issues were not resolved.

The  RPC met today under the leadership of Chairman  Haji Amin. Representatives from more than 30 localities of Diamar District also attended the meeting and after thorough deliberation, a 5 points charter of demand was finalized which emphasized on lifting of ban on transportation of timber,  notification for establishment of a new division, consisting of district Diamar  and Astore, as well as construction of cadet and medical college in Chilas.

Participants of the meeting said that  dead line would not be extended and th

e KKH would be blocked and offices of WAPDA and Forest department would be closed if the government did not accept their demands.

 Establishment of a third division in GB is a long standing demand, because the region’s populace face difficulties in travelling to Gilgit. The GB region is currently divided into two “Divisions”, Gilgit and Baltistan. Gilgit Division comprises of five districts, namely Gilgit, Diamer, Astore, Ghizar and Hunza – Nagar, while Baltistan Division comprises of the districts of Ghangche and Skardu.
[For readers’ interest]
What is a “Division” in the context of governance-structure in Pakistan?

Divisions are the third tier of government in Pakistan, between the provinces and districts. They were abolished in 2000 by the government of former presidentPervez Musharraf to make way for local governance via district governments. As of August 2008, divisions in some provinces have been restored with Punjab taking the lead and restoring its eight divisions.[1]

The four provinces of Pakistan are subdivided into administrative “divisions”, which are further subdivided into districts and tehsils. The divisions do not include the Islamabad Capital Territory or the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, which are counted at the same level as provinces. [Source: Wikipedia]

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