BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: In what might be a pleasant surprise for many in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), Core commander 10 core Lieutenant General Malik Zafar Iqbal on Friday said there is no difference of opinion over giving constitutional rights to G-B.
The core commander’s comments, which are rare from an army top official, are expected to remove apprehensions of local politicians and intelligentsia who in one of the other way suspected military establishment’s role behind the ambitious constitutional status that deprived G-B’s representation in the parliament since independence.
“There is no disagreement on this that G-B must get its constitutional status. This must be clear,” said the Core commander while addressing a selected gathering at Gilgit, where he earlier visited Khunjerab pass, the starting point of CPEC.
He said G-B constitutional issue was a political decision and a committee was working on it and “we have also given our opinion on this.”
“But what is yet to be determined is the method to proceed. What is being discussed is if implementation should start at provincial level or otherwise.”
Referring to G-B empowerment and governance order 2009 – which made G-B equivalent to a province - core commander said the development took place in a couple of years what it hadn’t been over the past 60 years.
He said G-B empowerment and governance order 2009 was a milestone for G-B which would pave way for further development.
Malik Zafar Iqbal praise the youth of G-B and said they are more visionary and energetic than rest of the country.
The undecided constitutional status of G-B has been one of the top issues around which the politics in this region revolves. Pakistan Peoples Party bost on its achievement as the empowerment order 2009 was introduced in PPP government.
Published in Outpost on November 19, 2016