Gilgit, May 1: Labour groups and other civil society organizations celebrated May Day in the Gilgit city. Rallies and processions were held to acknowledge the sacrifices of the laborers who had sacrificed their lives to win their rights from manipulative capitalists and industrialists.
A rally was held under the banner of the NATCO Labour Union. The rally was addressed among others by Advocate Ehsan Ali, Convenor of the Awami Action Committee and a leader of the International Socialist movement, and Abdul Rehman Bukhari, a well-known journalist.
The speakers lamented the absence of labour laws in the Gilgit-Baltistan region. They said that laws have been implemented to oppress dissent and usurp rights of the citizens under one guise or the other but the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly, during the last five years, has failed to legislate for protection of the rights of the labours.