November 2003 News

UN asked to intervene on constitutional status for NAs

1 November 2003
The Daily Times

GILGIT: Northern Areas (Nas) political parties have called on the United Nations to intervene regarding the status of Gilgit and Baltistan, which has been stuck in constitutional limbo since independence.Gilgit-Baltistan National Alliance (GBNA) members said the people of Gilgit and Baltistan should be made a fourth party in the Kashmir issue because that issue has been hampering the resolution of their region's constitutional status.They said the people of the NAs liberated their territory from the despotic Dogra Raj and then joined with Pakistan, but the people of NAs were still denied their fundamental rights. GBNA members passed a unanimous resolution demanding self-rule till the resolution of the Kashmir issue or the establishment of a local government similar to the Azad Kashmir government. The resolution also demanded royalties for the Diamer Dam, compensation for Giyal blast and quake victims in Diamer, revival of the defunct Gilgit Scouts, jobs for locals in the Northern Light Infantry, a separation of the NAs from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and a probe into the affairs of Karakuram International University.GBNA Chairman Inayatullah, Shumali Syed Jafar Shah, Qurban Ali, Maj (r) Hussain Shah, Balawaristan National Front Chairman Nawaz Khan Naji, Shafquat Inqlabi, Yusuf Nashad, Jamiat-e-Islami leader Mushtaq and Jamait-e-Ulema Islam leader Maulana Attaullah Shahab addressed the rally.Meanwhile, the NAs administration celebrated the 56th Independence Day of the Gilgit and Baltistan in China Bagh Gilgit and was addressed by Northern Areas Legislative Council Speaker Sahib Khan who paid tribute to martyrs including Col Hasan Khan and Babar Khan. -Staff Report


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