Thursday, December 13, 2007

HR Day observed as "Black Day" in Gilgit Baltistan

HR Day observed as “Black Day” in Gilgit Baltistan

The political parties and civil society organizations of Gilgit Baltistan observed the International Human Rights Day as “Black Day” under the auspices of Gilgit Baltistan United Movement at Skardu on December 10,2007. Lawyers, political leaders, human rights activists, students and people from different sections of society participated in the event. They called for ending the more than 60 years long and on going colonial rule of Islamabad from Gilgit Baltistan so called Northern Areas of Pakistan.

Addressing to the gathering Manzoor Hussain Parwana, Chairman Gilgit Baltistan United Movement speak out that the natives of Gilgit Baltistan have faced to the worst human rights abuses on the globe for last six decades. We have no state, no citizenship, no economic development, no constitution no human rights no independent media and no free judiciary. We are truly under de facto administration of Pakistan.
Parwana vowed to continue struggle for autonomous state of Gilgit Baltistan till the decision of Kashmir dispute.
Syed Hyder Shah Rizvi of Balawaristan National Front said that Gilgit Baltistan problem is not only political it is a humanitarian issue. The people of Gilgit Baltistan should focus on the genuine issues of the region instead of demanding for packages and constitutional rights under Pakistani control. Pakistan itself is without constitution then how it will give us constitutional rights.

At the end of the event the following resolutions passed by the public with raising their hands.
1.The historical identity of Gilgit Baltistan should be restore at the position of 1st November 1947.
2.The election should be hold for autonomous assembly in Gilgit Baltistan patterned as Azad Kashmir Assembly.
3. The influence and rule of bureaucracy, dictated from Islamabad should be end in the area.
4. The State Subject Rule should be restored to protect the properties of indigenous people of Gilgit Baltistan.
5. The Skardu –Kargil historical trade route should be open to interact the divided families
The prominent names, who spoke on the occasion, include GBUM Secretary General Ghulam Shehzad Agha, BNF leader Safdar ALI, President Baltistan Bar Council Khadim Hussain Advocate, Wazir Farman Ali Advocate, Muhammad Hussain Abidi, Ali Raza Saqi, and Shabbir Hussain Masood.

Manzoor Hussain Parwana
Chairman, Gilgit Baltistan United Movement (GBUM)
Skardu Baltistan
Date : December 10,2007

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