Islamabad, January 26 (PR): A group of activists from Gilgit-Baltistan met today at a restaurant in the federal capital to discuss the issued faced by Gilgit-Baltistan. Issues related to the identity of Gilgit-Baltistan, its future, the role of youth and using social media effectively for portraying the region in its entry were discussed at length.
There was a consensus among the participants of the meeting that concerted and joint efforts are needed for highlighting the region’s myriad issues.
The participants stressed on engagement of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan through cultural events, to fight against radicalization and extremism. They also demanded of the government to allocate more funds for cultural activities because they serve as binding forces for the region.
They also aimed to help branding Gilgit-Baltistan as a tourist shangrila and to raise voice over the unrest in the region.
The participants also emphasized on the need for ensuring representation of the indigenous leaders in various forums concerning Gilgit-Baltistan. They said that in the past the people from Giglit-Baltiatan have either been deprived of the right of representation in different international forums, or the representation has been very limited.
Among the participants were Ghulam Nabi Raikoti, Altaf Hussain (GBPI), Ali Ahmad Jan, Zaeem Zia, Raees Kamil Jan Baigal (GBVM), Yasir Abbas, Kanwal Shah, Jibilee Bano, Nasir Ramal, Riaz Zoki and Shahid Hussain (DT).
The participants also vowed to protect the interests of people of Gilgit-Baltistan at national and international forums.