SKARDU: Chairman of the Gilgit-Baltistan United Movement (GBUM) Manzoor Hussain Parwana has said that under a conspiracy the people of Gilgit-Baltistan have been kept in a state of confusion and uncertainty for long. Talking to this correspondent here, the GBUM chief said that federalist political parties were actually responsible for the lack of leadership in the region because this suited them well to carry out their agenda of working for the outsiders and protect their vested interests. He said that the outsider powers never wanted to see local leadership emerging in Gilgit-Baltistan because in that case they would not be allowed to exploit the indigenous people and their resources.
The colonial powers have always been working to pumper cronies and use them through remote control to further their own interests in the region. Mr Parwana said that the indigenous leadership and the nationalist forces had never been allowed to raise their hands and work independently. Whenever the indigenous leadership launched a struggle and tried to get the people united, they were framed in fake cases, put into jails and tortured. In many cases state force was used to drive out the indigenous leadership out of the region and forced to stay away from the political process. The end result is that today there is a crisis of sorts and confusion all around in whole Gilgit-Baltistan and the outsiders have got the upper hand in forwarding their agenda. The GBUM chief pointed out that for good governance maintenance of durable peace was mandatory and peace can only be attained if the local leadership comes to the forth and lead the masses. He said that the result of running the affairs of the region through remote control from Rai Wind and Zero Point is in front of everyone now. Until and unless the indigenous leadership comes up and take the role of leading the people, the area cannot see progress and peace, he added