LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called upon the President to defer the enforcement of the controversial Government of G-B Order 2018 pending necessary consultations with the people of Gilgit-Baltistan.
In its letter to President, Dr Arif Alvi, HRCP writes:
“In view of the time-limit fixed by the Supreme Court for your assent to the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) calls upon you to give due weight to the sentiments of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan and defer the enforcement of this controversial order pending necessary consultations with the people concerned.
“HRCP had earlier noted that the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018 was a step backwards as compared to the previous order issued in 2009, i.e. the Gilgit-Baltistan (Empowerment and Self-Governance) Order, 2009. The democratically minded people of Gilgit-Baltistan have long been fighting for the recognition of their fundamental rights and for their equal treatment as citizens of Pakistan. It will be politically unwise to compel them to continue agitating for their rights.”