Islamabad, January 2: Visiting Islamabad and speaking about constitutional rights will not work. If the people of Gilgit-Baltistan want representation in the National Assembly and Senate, they will have to launch an integrated campaign. People of the region are suffering due to absence of constitutional rights.
These views were expressed by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, while addressing a group of legislators from Gilgit-Baltistan who are visiting the capital to attend a workshop. Senator Syed also said that the Gilgit-Baltisan region has not been able to develop due to absence of reliable road infrastructure and incidents of sectarian violence and terrorism.
The Senator, who is Chairman of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Defense and also heads a China-centric think-tank, said that Gilgit-Baltistan has immense geo-strategic and defense importance for Pakistan. He also highlighted the region’s trade and economic significance, as well as tourism potential.
The workshop was also addressed by Muhammad Rashid Mafzool Zaka, Deputy Director of IT and Research at Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Affairs (PIPS).
A session during the workshop was conducted by Muhammad Aslam Waseem, Additional Director (Legislation), PIPS.