Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Gilgit Baltistan: Allegations against Gilgit Baltistan youth rejected: GBUM

SKARDU: Gilgit-Baltistan United Movement chairman Manzoor Parwana has said condemned allegations that students from Gilgit-Baltistan were involved in the sectarian violence in the Rawalpindi tragedy on the Ashura day.
In a statement issued here, he said that under a conspiracy the people of the disputed territory, who were still deprived of their basic rights, were being trapped in the name of their involvement in the violence and they are being denied their right to free movement by blocking the Karakoram Highway on them.
He said that the government was doing this in order to hide its own criminal negligence in providing security to the people. Parwana said that Pakistan was becoming a no-go area for the people of Gilgit-Baltsitan where they were not safe. The political parties of Pakistan have always used the people of GB for their own vested interests and never worked to ensure their rights. It is a fact that majority of people attending religious and political parties are from Giglit-Baltistan but it is the responsibility of all participants to keep order in the processions. Singling out the people of one particular area is unjustified, he added. Mr Parwana said that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan were educated and peace loving and they have always struggled for their rights in a peaceful and democratic manner without resorting to violence. He added that the Karakoram Highway had been closed for over a week creating lots of hardships for the people of the region who were stranded in different parts of the region.


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Gilgit Baltistan: Ist November re-calls our mind for freedom

Gilgit Baltistan: The Provincial set up is a puppet show

SKARDU: Gilgit-Baltistan United Movement (GBUM) chairman Manzoor Hussain Parwana has said the governance system in the region was being run under a presidential order and calling the assembly a legislative assembly is totally misleading and out of context.
Briefing a delegation of the Human Right Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), he said that part from the directions given in the presidential order the assembly can neither legislate on any issue nor can make any law to get an important issue of national importance implemented. Mr Parwana gave a detailed briefing to the delegation about the geo-strategic importance and political situation of the area.
He said Giglit-Baltistan was situated among four nuclear countries but its two million people were still deprived of their basic rights even in the 21st century.
He said the people of the region despite fighting successfully their freedom over six decades back were still enslaved in the hands of outsider powers who decided their fate.
The GBUM chief told the delegation that though the area was under the administrative control of Pakistan, the people of the area were not part of any constitution of any country. Due to the lack of constitutional ambiguity, he added, human rights violations remained unchecked.
He said there was no independent judiciary that can provide justice to the victims of human rights violations. The judges were appointed by Pakistan on the basis of political and other considerations. The latest example of this was the appointment of a sitting minister of the area as the judge of the higher judiciary of the area, he added.
Mr Parwana said that during the last over six decades Islamabad ruled the area but could not make it part of Pakistan and can never merge it into Pakistan as the territory was still disputed under the agenda of the United Nations. He said that under the current circumstances it had become imperative that the region should be given the status of a separate state, so that the indigenous people can manage their affairs on their own and utilize their resources as they wished.