By: Tahira Mir
Gilgit Baltistan, the Northern most part of Pakistan is one of the heavenly places on the planet earth. It shares its borders with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa , Azad Kashmir , Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan , China , and the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
You certainly know what happened on November 1, 1947. But you might not know what made this day to be a milestone in history of Gilgit Baltistan. How meaningful independence is , should be asked by a state which is still tied by the chains of slavery.
It was before the independence of Pakistan when Maharaja Hari Singh, the Hindu Dogra was ruling in Jammu Kashmir. He widened his power by ruling on Gilgit Baltistan as well. Gansara Singh governed this region representing Dogras with British support. The people of Gilgit Baltistan revolted and a rebellious movement of Gilgit Scout was lead by the Major Brown. They fought bravely against the Dogra Raj and put an end to the government of Gansara Singh and succeeded to conquer on November 1, 1947..
At first a princely state was established that was lead by Raja Shah Rais Khan as President and Mirza Hassan Khan as chief officer. But it was soon dissolved within fortnight on demand of local people. On November 16, 1947 Gilgit Baltistan was amalgamated with Pakistan.
Today Gilgit Baltistan has status of Province and is a sovereign region. Under the Empowerment and Self-Governance Order 2009 it has Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly , Gilgit-Baltistan Council , Executive and Judiciary.
The journey from slavery to freedom might seem a short story but actually it have taken lives and a long time. Independence is a blissful blessing that our forefathers have gave. Lets promise to take care of its name and identity .
Happy Independence Day 🙂
The contributor is a student of the Punjab University.