Monday, February 23, 2009
Gilgit Baltistan:The demographical changing is a threat to national identity.
Karachi, 22nd February, 2009
Gilgit Baltistan United Movement expressed her concerns over the growing change in the demography of Gilgit Baltistan and considered it a threat to the identity of the indigenous population.
Addressing at the occasion of oath taking ceremony of Skardu Educational Cooperation Organization (SECO) in Karachi on 22nd February 2009, Manzoor Hussain Parwana viewed that the local population of Gilgit Baltistan was being turned into minority with the passage of time which is an irony. A day will come when the locals will have no say in political process. People belonging to different provinces of Pakistan are appointed on key posts in the region that after their positions started to occupy and purchase land.
Parwana said “State Subject Rule(SSR) was still in function is Azad & Jammu Kashmir which is like Gilgit Baltistan are attached with Kashmir dispute but unfortunately SSR was abolished in Gilgit Baltistan to bring demographical change in the entire region. The out siders are occupying our land and we are forced to leave the region.”
The implementation of State Subject Rule in Gilgit Baltistan has been one of the demands of nationalists so for no progress has been made in this regards. The main markets and valuable piece of lands in Gilgit Baltistan are now owned by the businessmen, army men and politician of Pakistan although more than 0.05 million people have been left the region due to poverty and joblessness. He added
Parwana slammed the government that Northern Areas Legislative Assembly had approved a resolution to restore the historical name of the region “Gilgit Baltistan” in November 2008 but the government of Pakistan is neglecting to implement the resolution. It is a conspiracy to diminish the historical and political identity of the region.
Mr. Parwana demanded of the government to reinforce State Subject Rule and implement the renaming resolution of NALA, the historical name of “Gilgit Baltistan” without further delay and excuse.
Manzoor Hussain Parwana
Gilgit Baltistan United Movement