“My young friends,
I look forward to you as the real makers of Pakistan, do not be exploited and do not be misled. Create amongst yourselves complete unity and solidarity. Set an example of what youth can do. Your main occupation should be in fairness to yourself, to your parents, in fairness to the State, to devote your attention to your studies. If you fritter away your energies now, you will always regret”.
A complete and clear message of our beloved Quaid. Don’t be exploited, misused and misled. Create unity, solidarity and particularly fairness to state. These words are very important for me, dear Quaid.
As a citizen of Gilgit Baltistan, let me share my reservations in front of you dear Quaid. In your presence, and in your absence, both, l am considered as disputed citizen, or as a second-class citizen.
After 71 years l am still disputed and wish to call myself a proud Pakistani.
My forefathers handed over most important part of the then subcontinent, Gilgit-Baltistan, like a birthday cake, in a platter. There was no Muslim league here. Our ancestors fought their own war, lost lives, shed blood and sweat, and then asked the state that you helped found to accept us as Pakistanis.
In your Pakistan, l am totally confused because after seven decades I still yearn for my citizenship rights.
In your Pakistan, I don’t have the right to be Prime Minister and President of Country, or to even call myself a Pakistani. l can shed my blood for the country but unfortunately l can cast vote for PM, or President.
When it comes to CPEC and Diamer-Bhasha Dam, my land is considered to be Pakistani, but when it comes to me, and my basic rights, everything appears to be disputed. Kashmir issue seems to get affected by empowering me, not by usurping my land, though!!
In the 21st century, when most of the world has gone digital, I am still deprived of facilities like internet.
Would giving internet to Gilgit-Baltistana also affect Kashmir cause, I wonder?
Engr Matloob Nagri