Imran Khan grants provisional provincial standing to Gilgit-Baltistan amid huge protests

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Despite the continued protests in anticipation of the Pakistan govt over its resolution to vary the standing of Gilgit-Baltistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday declare the granting of provisional-provincial standing to Gilgit-Baltistan, Geo News reported.

“One of the reasons for me coming to Gilgit-Baltistan is to announce that we have decided to grant Gilgit-Baltistan the provisional provincial status,” Khan stated whereas talking throughout his go to to Gilgit-Baltistan. This comes following Saudi Arabia eradicating Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan from Pakistan’s map. Massive protests have been happening in anticipation of the Imran Khan-led govt over the problem of Gilgit Baltistan.

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This announcement is prone to spark huge outrage as it’ll have a lot wider implications which can set the tone for exacerbating tensions, that’s already being performed out within the east alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the India-China border.

On October 8, in Muzaffarabad metropolis of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), a large protest was organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front and Student Liberation Front in anticipation of the govt’s resolution to make Gilgit-Baltistan a province. Political activists stated that they may sacrifice themselves however is not going to let Pakistan alter the standing of the area. People from Gilgit-Baltistan, who’ve been dwelling in different Pakistani cities, have also taken to the streets in anticipation of Islamabad’s arbitrary resolution.

Gilgit- Baltistan, earlier referred to as Northern Areas has been ruled by the “Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self-Governance Order of 2009”, which established an electoral framework. Elections have been held within the area below the Order that gives for under restricted autonomy.

The people accuse Pakistan of systematically exploiting the area of its sources and sharing no dividends with them. Any resistance they are saying meets brutal govt reprisal with activists and leaders hounded, arrested and tortured.

[Attribution HT]

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