Sunday, March 24, 2013

Gilgit Baltistan: Pakistani parties root-cause of trouble

Gilgit Baltistan: Pakistani parties root-cause of trouble

SKARDU 24 March 2013
 Interference by federal political and religious parties in the affairs of Gilgit-Baltistan is further pushing the region into chaos and instability. Any political activity in the disputed region by political parties of Pakistan is illegal and is without any justification.
After announcement of the election schedules in the four provinces of Pakistan, the people of Gigit-Baltistan should reflect for a moment on the fact and try to understand why the region is excluded from the political process if it is like a province of Pakistan. Not holding the general elections in Gilgit-Baltistan along the four provinces of Pakistan testifies that this region has its own distinct identity and cannot be treated like the four provinces of Pakistan.
These views were expressed by Manzoor Hussain Parwana, the chairman of Giglit-Baltistan United Movement, in a statement here.

He said that the national identity question of Gilgit-Baltistan had become the burning issue in the word. Without determining the national status of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, the basic rights of the people of the region cannot be guaranteed, he added.
Those Pakistani or Pakistani-backed political parties who are promising to make Gilgit-Baltistan a model province are the liars and they have no mention of the region in their election manifestos. Mr Parwana said these political parties even cannot include Gilgit-Baltistan in their manifestos because the region is not part of Pakistan. Therefore, political activity by any political party of Pakistan should be banned in the region.

The GBUM leader also said that the Supreme Court and the election commission of Pakistan should take notice of the fact that under which law the political parties of Pakistan were taking part in political activities in the disputed region.
He also pointed out that Pakistani political parties were trying to divide the people of Gilgit-Baltistan in order to achieve their own vested interest. As a result, this region has become a battle ground for political, religious and sectarian rivalries, depriving the two million people of their right to live in a peaceful atmosphere, He said currently, Pakistani political parties like the PPP, PML-Q, JUI-F and the MQM are ruling the region. If tomorrow the PML-N and the PTI take over, there would be no difference as far as the life of the common people in the region was concerned.
The GBUM chief said that the solution of the region's issues lied in banning all political parties of Pakistan and allowing the indigenous political entities to play a role in running the affairs of the region.

Issued by
Gilgit Baltistan United Movement

Monday, March 11, 2013

GBUM chairman says Our challenge has silenced Mehdi Shah

SKARDU: The chairman of Gilgit-Baltistan United Movement (GBUM), Manzoor Hussain Parwana, has said Chief Minister Mehdi Shah could not dare to have a debate with him on the current political system in the region because he (Mehdi Shah) does not know even the ABC of the system. In his latest interview, he was asked about the challenge of the chief minister to have a debate on the system. Mr Parwana said he had promptly accepted the challenge of Mehdi Shah and threw the ball back into his court. But the chief minister went silent because he has no guts to come out and have a debate with me because he does not even know the basics of the system under which he was installed as the chief minister of the region in 2009. The GBUM chief said that had Mehdi Shah knew about the system he would not have claimed that he enjoyed more powers than the chief minister of the Punjab. He said they were also ready to have a debate on any TV channel with the political leaders of Pakistan about the 2009 Gilgit-Baltistan self-governance and autonomy order and would get success. He said the challenge of the chief minister was a political stunt and after we accepted his challenged he stopped issuing such statements. Manzoor Parwana was also asked that the commission regarding provincial status had refused to give all the rights to Gilgit-Baltistan and what factors were behind this. In reply, he said the decision of Pakistan's parliamentary commission on new provinces was 100 per cent right. He said Gilgit-Baltistan was not a constitutional part of Pakistan so no authority in the country can take any decision regarding its geographical status until the issue was resolved under the United Nations resolutions. Another question asked from the GBUM chief was that can Gilgit-Baltistan be made a province of Pakistan in future or would it get an AJK-like political set-up. In reply, he said Pakistan can never ever make the region its province. He counter-questioned the interviewer by saying can America, which has occupied Afghanistan, make Kabul one of its states, adding the question regarding Pakistan making Gilgit-Baltistan as its province was like that. However, he added that if the people of the region launched a systematic struggle they can get a set-up like that of Azad Kashmir because this is their rights. To another question that currently the chief secretary and the force commander of northern areas had become more active than the chief minister, Manzoor Parwana said since the outset the military establishment and the civilian establishment had been calling the shots in the region. On the other hand, the legislative assembly and the judiciary were subservient to these two organizations and the chief minister always worked as a puppet. He said when the elected government failed to deliver and people seem to be eager to get rid of the, non-democratic forces come to fill the gap. Similar situation has been developing in Pakistan due to the corruption and failure of the PPP government.