Sunday, July 20, 2014

Gilgit Baltistan to be target of new draconian law (Pakistan Protective Act 2014)

SKARDU: Whatever the apprehensions and fears, the Protection of Pakistan Act 2014 will be extended to Gilgit-Baltistan on a priority basis because this draconian law has been legislated to suppress the rights of the marginalized people such as the citizens of Gilgit-Baltistan, Balochistan and Sindh.
These views were expressed by Gilgit-Baltistan United Movement (GBUM) chairman Manzoor Hussain Parwana in a press statement.
He said though Gilgit-Baltistan was a disputed territory on the agenda of the UN and does not come under the constitution of Pakistan, all draconian law such as the treason act and the anti-terrorism act of 1997 were implemented in the region to suppress the people and keep them subdued and deprived of all basic rights. He said hundreds of people in Gilgit-Baltistan have been facing trial in the terrorism court under terror and treason charges and man are still languishing in jails. He said Gilgit-Baltistan is a colony of Pakistan and the colonial powers can implement any draconian law in the land without any fear or regard to the human rights issues or constitutional implications.
The GBUM chief was of the view that Pakistan never needed to take permission from parliament before bringing any black law to Gilgit-Baltistan.
He said it was strange that despite having no representation in the Senate and National Assembly of Pakistan, any law passed by the Pakistani parliament was forced on the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. He said that human rights situation in the region was already poor and Pakistan never bothered to improve the situation.

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