Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Gilgit Baltistan :Pakistani Minister’s visit a total failure

SKARDU: June 9, 2009

Chairman Gilgit-Baltistan United Movement (GBUM) Manzoor Hussain Parwana has said the recent visit of federal minister of Pakistan Qamar Zaman Kaira to the region was a total failure and produced zero result. In a statement, he said before the visit of the minister, an impression was created that his coming to the area would result in revolutionary changes in the socio-economic condition of the region. However, his visit remained confined to formal opening of a campus, separate commissionerate and laying of some gutter lines.

He said the announcement to set up a separate commissionery for the region was a deceitful step as in the past too such an announcement had been made by a former prime minister. He said first of all it should be clarified that if people consider the chief secretary's setup to be the system of commissionerate, it should be understood that a chief secretary is an administrative officer of a province and to install such a post here first of all Baltistan should have to be made a separate province. As that is not possible in the present circumstances, it is better not to waste time even on discussing such a matter, he maintained.

Mr Parwana said making a demand for a campus was not a wise decision and those behind such a demand were not sincere with the region. He said if at all a campus was to be established here why not the campus of Quaid-i-Azam University, AIOU or Oxford University instead of Karakoram University.

The GBUM chief said lack of political leadership and politics self of interests and hypocrisy had kept the local people deprived of their rights and in darkness for the last many decades. However, he added that with the presence of nationalist parties, the people of the region cannot further be kept in such a situation for long. He said it was time people of the region fully supported the nationalist forces to achieve their rights.

Issued By
Gilgit Baltistan United Movement
Skardu Baltistan

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