Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Gilgit Baltistan: Students asked to get ready for leadership

Karachi: 3rd March 2009

The students of Gilgit-Baltistan have enormous responsibilities on their shoulders and should therefore prepare themselves for the future as they have to take the reins of affairs of an independent state. These views were expressed by Manzur Hussain Parwana, chairman Gilgit-Baltistan United Moment while in a meeting with the elected cabinet of the central cabinet of Baltistan Students Federation (BSF) at Karachi.
He stressed on the students of Gilgit-Baltistan to take keen interest in their studies while also taking part in politics, adding politically mature students can be more fruitful for society. "The students of Gilgit-Baltistan should not think that they have to become a clerk or teacher after completion of their studies; instead they should look towards their future as president, prime minister, ambassador or army chief of an independent state," he declared
He said we believe in non-violence and will continue to fight for an independent state on the very foundations of non-violence. He said neither GBUM nor any other nationalist movement operating under the banner of GBDA had given guns to either students or its activists. "Unlike the political parties of Pakistan, we are of the opinion that it was the pen and the character of a person that win the hearts of people and we will stick to this philosophy as long as we run our movement," he added.
He urged the students to play their due role in eliminating hatred and sectarianism from the region and added that if the current scenario continued to dominate the atmosphere, a Swat-like situation can grip the region. He criticized the Northern Areas Legislative Assembly (NALA) and said despite the unanimous passing of a resolution regarding the new name of the region it had failed to implement it. It's a slap on the face of NALA; he observed and demanded of the house members to immediately resign as they have failed to fulfill their obligation. He also demanded that local languages should be included in the syllabus of educational institutions of the region besides a separate national curriculum should be created to preserve and promote the unique culture of the region.

Issued by
Manzoor Hussain Parwana
Chairman, Gilgit Baltistan United Movement

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