People of Gilgit Baltistan Struggling for their Rights
Gilgit Baltistan, May 05, 2015: The call of the people of Gilgit Baltistan has been going unheard for decades now. The continued denial of political rights by Pakistan in the region is fuelling dissatisfaction by the day. The people of Gilgit Baltistan have realized that Islamabad is taking them for a ride for years. From basic amenities to the citizenship rights, everything has been taken back by the puppet regime from the locals of the region.
Even the rich natural resources are being plundered by Pakistan, without paying any royalty to the locals. Gilgit Baltistan was a part of the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan, which has illegally occupied it for over six decades, has been ruling it through proxies. While successive Pakistani government have always kept up the sham of championing “self determination” for the people of Gilgit, it has continuously suppressed their rights denying them basic, constitutional and human rights. It has become increasingly clear that the promises made by politicians here are as elusive as ever. Pakistani security apparatus has been fostering sectarianism in order to retain its stranglehold on Gilgit. The region has also become a theatre of training camps for terror groups funded by Pakistan’s main spy agency, the ISI.
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