Parliamentary representation for N.As sought

24 May 2009
The Dawn
Our Correspondent

GILGIT: While demanding parliamentary representation for Gilgit-Baltistan, the Pakistan Muslim League-N has said that if the people were given Constitutional rights, they could provide a leadership for the country. 'Keeping them away from Constitutional rights is a loss for Pakistan,' said PML-N leader Javed Hashmi during the General Council meeting of the party in Gilgit. He said that public representatives of the area were able to sit in the National Assembly. He reiterated the need for setting up a commission to probe into the Kargil conflict and said that giving a constitutional cover to the region was in the larger interest of the country. Mr Hashmi, who is also an MNA, said that he was elected eight times as member of the Parliament. He appreciated the Pakistan People's Party for taking interest in the wellbeing of the people of the area. 'We would always appreciate good things,' he said. The PML-N leader said that the region was full of natural resources. 'There is a need of revolution, and there is need of sacrifice for the country to bright the future of the youth,' he said. The MNA said that the peaceful region was being pushed towards sectarianism as the Karakoram Highway started from the region. This was a conspiracy to keep China away from Gawadar, he said. He criticised the Musharraf regime and killing of Akbar Bugti. The PML-N leader said that they were not in power rather they were partner with the PPP in saving the country. Earlier, Senator Mushahidullah told the participants that there were some alleged pro-American Taliban in the restive parts of the NWFP. He claimed that the former dictator staged the Taliban drama to get more dollars. PML-N local leader Hafizur Rehman highlighted the issues of the area on the occasion. 'The leadership of the PML-N must take care of the people of the Northern Areas,' he said.