The Legislative Assembly of Gilgit-Baltistan on Tuesday unanimously adopted a joint resolution asking the Pakistan government to grant it provincial status and provide it with representation in Parliament and other constitutional bodies.
The resolution was moved in the Legislative Assembly by Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid Khan who represented the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
He was joined in tabling the resolution by Opposition leader Amjad Hussain from Pakistan Peoples’ Party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz representative Ghulam Muhammad and others.
The resolution stated that a bill to amend the Constitution of Pakistan to declare Gilgit-Baltistan a province of Pakistan should be passed by Parliament without causing any damage to the country’s stance on the Kashmir issue. It said that Pakistan’s principled position in light of UN resolutions on the Kashmir issue must be upheld in the amendment.
“The demand for constitutional rights is a unanimous demand of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, not that of an individual/party. The unity we’ve shown on this issue needs to be repeated again at a federal level,” Chief Minister Khan said.
In December, Prime Minister Imran Khan constituted a 12-member committee to make recommendations about changing the status of Gilgit-Baltistan.
India has previously slammed Pakistan’s attempt to accord provincial status to the “so-called Gilgit-Baltistan”, saying it is intended to camouflage the ‘illegal’ occupation of the region by Islamabad.
In a message on Twitter, Pakistan’s Federal Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry said this was a historic day for the people of Gilgit-Baltistan.
“The demand for constitutional rights is a unanimous demand of the people of GB, not of an individual/ party only. The unity we’ve shown on this issue needs to be repeated again at the federal level,” the Gilgit-Baltistan chief minister wrote on Twitter.