Is India upset as Prime Minister intends to make Gilgit-Baltistan fifth province?
Prime Minister Imran Khan plans to make Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) the country’s fifth province. The Federal Minister for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs, Ali Amin Gandapur, outlined the government’s plans and said:
After consultation with all the stakeholders, the federal government has decided in principle to give constitutional rights to Gilgit-Baltistan. The region will be accorded the status of a full-fledged province with constitutional rights such as representation in both parliament houses.
Ali Amin Gandapur further said:
The subsidies and tax exemptions for the region would not be withdrawn after the grant of constitutional rights. Until the people there stand on their feet, they will continue to enjoy this facility.
The Federal Minister for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs stated:
Besides constitutional rights and a provincial setup, essential steps are being taken to develop the region. The deprivation faced by the people of GB for 73 years is going to end. The government has decided to deliver on the promise it made to the people there.
According to Gandapur, PM Imran will soon visit the region and make a formal announcement.
Talking to a media outlet, an official said:
The PTI is backing changes with an eye on upcoming elections in Gilgit Baltistan to make political gains and form the next government in the region. Preparations for the elections that are likely to occur in November are complete, and the distribution of tickets by the PTI will begin soon.
It should be noted that New Delhi has consistently opposed any changes made in the region by Pakistan because they claim that Gilgit-Baltistan is part of Jammu and Kashmir.
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