BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: Gilgit – Baltistan (G-B) chief minister has hailed the speech of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the 70th UN General Assembly, terming it a reflection of 1.5 million peoples’ wishes in G-B.
Besides other issues, Nawaz Sharif raised the issue of Kashmir dispute which has kept the constitutional status of G-B lingering over the past 68 years.
“No doubt it was a daring speech by the prime minister,” chief minister Hafeezur Rahman said referring to Nawaz’s speech that experts believe put the ball in India’s court by offering a new four-point peace initiative.
In his address, prime minister asked for demilitarise Kashmir saying three generations of Kashmiris have only seen broken promises and brutal oppression. He also called for withdraw troops from Siachen.
“PMs Speech reflected the wishes of the people of G-B too,” he told reporters in Gilgit on Sunday.
For being part of the larger Kashmir issue, G-B has lacked representation in the parliament despite the region joining Pakistan unconditionally after defeating Dogra Raj in 1947.
As the matter of Kashmir went to the United Nations in 1948 for resolution, so did the matter of Gilgit.
As the constitutional limbo continues, political parties and lawyers have repeatedly called for giving representation in the parliament, which however couldn’t materialise.