Gilgit-Baltistan people under Pakistani suppression, India must speak up

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | January 20, 2024 IST

The largest river of the region- Gilgit joins Indus river that irrigates and keeps farms alive in mainland Pakistan . . this irritates the population of the mountains that Pakistan is taking everything for free and leaving them in lurch

Arun Joshi

India has a responsibility towards its people living  on the territories under the illegal occupation of Pakistan . It needs to break its silence on the miserable conditions of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan that are part of the Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir, as they are being pushed to starvation by Islamabad . Their rights and resources have been made hostage by Pakistani government , and the latest example is the agitation of the GB people for getting ration to survive .

Yet again people in Gilgit-Baltistan , under the illegal occupation of Pakistan since 1947, is up in arms against the federal government  for the past over three weeks, demanding roll back of increased what price in the region . The subsidized what  which was sold at the rate of Rs 20 per  kilogram now sells at Rs. 32. The people are angry and have taken to streets against this move of  Pakistan government that governs the region, despite a legislative assembly   being in place . The real powers lie with the Pakistan government appointed bureaucracy.

The current phase of the agitation is  manifestation of  decades-long suppression of the people  who continue to live a life of  third class citizens

This is not the only issue agitating the population of  Gilgit-Baltistan .Pakistan  has enacted Finance Act , 2023 , which seeks to generate revenue for the region through taxes and other measures .There is a dichotomy , which has been pointed out by the local population . Since the GB doesn’t have a representation in the National Assembly , as it is not completely aligned with Pakistan’s political system , it is opposing this move . how could a government that refuses to have their representatives in the parliament  can enact laws or impose its  decisions on the people .

Pakistan  is exploiting the people and resources of Gilgit-Baltistan , but in return instead of undertaking any welfare measures  is imposing one decision after another that inflicts poverty and repression. Now the population has become restive .  The myth that their  co-religionists in Pakistan would help them travel the road of progress has  exploded .

According to analysts in Pakistan , like  Sajjad Ahmad , faculty member at the department of social sciences  and Liberal Arts , at  Institute of Business   Administration , Karachi , has warned Pakistan government that this is serious situation and the issue must be addressed without any delay. This prognosis is based on the accumulation of frustration of the population owing  to repressive measures of the Pakistani government .

As such, there are countless issues that GB people are facing and protesting against . The region is having world’s most stunning glaciers that feed rivers of mainland Pakistan , and its waters are now being harnessed for generating power . The largest river of the region- Gilgit joins Indus river that irrigates and keeps farms alive in mainland Pakistan . . this irritates the population of the mountains that Pakistan is taking everything for free and leaving them in lurch

Pakistan has acquired   a total of 32, 139 acres of land for its largest hydro-power project , of which 31, 977 is in Gilgit Baltistan and only 162 acres in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa . That is more than 86 per cent of the land of the project, and the tragedy is that despite the land and water , GB is getting nothing in return. The power outages have crippled life there . They are wondering as to which class of people they have been reduced to. They believe that their rights and resources have  been snatched from them.

Their feelings of frustration ascend  as they hear that  the government in India  under the leadership of  Prime Minister  Narendra Modi is  providing free of cost ration to 80 crore people in the country, apart from free gas cylinders , housing to the poor . Thy  curse themselves  for being under the illegal occupation of Pakistan.

The government of India cannot shut its eyes to the plight of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan as they are our people  on our land, illegally occupied by Pakistan . this is the time for Delhi to highlight the issue at all forums, national and international . Th occasional reactions over China-Pakistan Economic Corridor  passing through the territory or  on the visit of the  foreign envoys to the land of glaciers.

 Arun Joshi is author of “Eyewitness Kashmir; Teetering on Nuclear War and senior journalist based in Jammu and Kashmir, writes on South Asian affairs)

Disclaimer: This is the personal opinion of the author. The views expressed in this write-up have nothing to do with www.prameyanews.com

 


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