Mon. Jun 5th, 2023

Changing paradigms of ineptitude

Awais Ali Khan

By Awais Ali Khan

Six decades of voiceless presence, and non-participatory oblivion, from mainstream administrative and political framework needs to be reviewed now. When the country has went through a phase  of its first successful  democratic  transition, there needs to be  prioritization of  possibility measures to change  trends  about issues being put in to lime light so far. During the phase of government transition, when whole of the country was discussing about upcoming government and elections, masses of Gilgit-Baltistan were putting a question for themselves,  ‘what kind of citizens we are in a country where we can’t vote ?’ They see themselves at the state of six decades long oblivion, and still uncounted.

Awais Ali Khan
Awais Ali Khan

Bring representation-less in the parliament , policy making and high echelons of administrative sections, masses of Gilgit-Baltistan remain desperate, agitated and frustrated about their  undecided fate .These elections have been very different from the past ones. Now social media, electronic and print media are quite active than ever before, so people  got  more connected, and became more concerned about  pre-election processes . Across the country, a surge of sudden activism was observed, especially in youth. Most of them were ones’ who voted for first time and used their democratic right to decide their future political leadership.

Among this slot of activated youth there lied a ‘segment’ whose youth was just as motivated and energetic as all other youth. There lied no difference in them, in terms of competency, talent and political insight. But, unfortunately there came a ‘big difference’, when they were to exercise democratic right to vote. All others ‘voted’ and used their voice for themselves, and their country, in legitimate proportion. But the said ‘chunk’ was unable to be a part of any such process. It was just because they were born and raised in a region which is constitutionally orphan, historically non-revealed and contemporarily unrecognized, as a  peculiar identity.

Strategic importance of the region, which should have been capitalized, not only to empower indigenous people, but also to produce ripples of prosperity nationwide, has been a prime source of its stagnancy. Its strategic position has been a cause of its deprivation, remoteness and seclusion. It’s nexus to China, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kashmir, makes it pivotal point in Asian region of ‘nuclear flash point’. It is corridor to access land locked Central-Asian-States .It is also bottle neck for future trans-boundary trade with China, and Central Asian States.

Blessed with glaciers, lakes and lofty mountains the land has a great capacity for generating enough tourism activity that can feed whole country for decades. The wild life and ecosystem carries significant value, being somewhat explored and protected by international institutes like WWF and IUCN, but large portion of it is yet to me managed and controlled. Mineral reservoir potential is also ignored section that can change fates of people country-wide.

Gifted with naturally uncountable blessings, region requires optimized utilization of its underlying capacity, which is possible by mass empowerment and mainstreaming people of region. In the midst of prevailing economic crisis of country, strategic potential of region can be well utilized for establishing, long-term trade corridors with China and Central Asian States and reviving tourism industry, for its prolific contribution in economy. Perpetuity of said outcomes depends on ‘indigenous mass empowerment’ of region by bringing them at par with other counterparts, removing obliviousness and sense of deprivation.

Awais Ali Khan is an undergraduate student in Department of City and Regional Planning, at University of Engineering and technology, Lahore. He can be reached at:

2 thoughts on “Changing paradigms of ineptitude

  1. Well done Awais. Loved the words. It was just because they were born and raised in a region which is constitutionally orphan, historically non-revealed and contemporarily unrecognized, as a peculiar identity.

  2. Well elaboration Awais ! Thanks for sensitization and
    rationaliziation and highlighting the main issue. After analyzing the current
    situation of Governance in GB towards some political leadership and reflecting
    their actions as legalizing the corruption through bills seems and further
    enhances our disparity and despondency. If this is our standard of governing
    and service delivery through self governance package what we further can expect
    that how far we would honour the principles of good governance. we ( our
    political leadership) would be free handed to mould the law and universal core values
    according to our will and interest.

    We know that God will never send angels to stop them and
    forbade them to refrain from unlawful deeds that are violation of human rights,
    sabotaging merit and flourishing personal interest as well. All these evils
    would lead the whole Gb nation towards declination and backwardness.

    We had selected our leaders in order to provide us relief
    but no body knows that some of figure heads would hostage the GB assembly. The
    other leaders who are silent on such dealings can be assumed that they are also
    equally involved in breaking law and creating disintegration in the region.

    If a professional starts to put efforts to streamline the
    systems but some political figures we should not say leaders mounting the
    pressure and destroy the systems.

    We expect with all well wishers and social activist of Gb
    regardless of party affiliations like, Afzel shigri, Inayetullah shumali,Nawaz
    khan Naji, Hafiz hafizur rehman,Ghulam Muhammad, Wazir baig , Brig retd, Hassam ullah baig,
    Sikender from baltistan, Dr, najam , Col. Retd karim, Justice retired syed
    jaffer shah, Justice Raja jalal, Mir Ghazenfer ali khan and haji jan baz khan,
    Malik maskeen, Nazir sabir, Dr. Muzaffer rallay, Zafer Iqbal, peer kerum ali
    shah, sultan madad to play their role to discourage corruption in GB and get
    constitutional right from central Govt. I apologize with those prominent social
    activist and leaders of GB who have missed out from my memory.

    Many people would have differences on the name of these
    personalities but so far I have heard them about speaking in favour of GB
    rather than personal interest or region.

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