Karachi: An "Independent Gilgit Baltistan" is the altimate solution to current dissatisfaction of the people of Gilgit Baltistan, said speakers at a seminar organized by Gilgit Baltistan Students Alliance here on Sunday at Liaquat Memorial Hall in Karachi.
Seminar was chaired by Rashid Sami, president Baltistan Students Organization. Speaking to the seminar, Qari Abdul Jabbar Nasir, a prominent political analyst and senior journalist said granting a provincial status to Gilgit Baltistan is beyond the limits of constitutional jurisdiction of Pakistani Parliament because of the disputed status of the region. Pakistan is signatory of the United Nations' resolutions which clearely mention that Gilgit Baltistan is a disputed territory and the issue will be resolved in a plebiscite according to the will of the people. Instead of implementing UN resolutions, Pakistan continued not only contepting the UN resolutions but also defaming the people to Gilgit Baltistan. He said the reformes package is an eye-wash which is aimed at facilitating the PPP candidates in forth coming elections of Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly. Nasir said it was PPP founding leader Zulfiqar Ali Bhotto who first deprived the people of Gilgit Baltistan of their identity, naming the region as Northern Areas. He suggested that people should demand for a independent constitutional assembly instead of a legislative assembly. The current legistative assembly can only make legislation regarding traffic rules but not policy matters. Speaking to the seminar, cheif guest Rashid Sami said we salute the great leaders of Gilgit Baltistan who led the nation in getting rid of Dogra rule and established an independent state namely "Jamhooria Gilgit". Unfortunately, this great achievement could not be sustained due the poking behavior of the later generation which resulted in a long lasting slavery of the people. He condemned the arrest of the leaders of Gilgit Baltistan Democratic Alliance in Gilgit and demanded there release in the shortest possible time.
The seminar was followed by musical show.