KNM to send report to EU

Karakuram National Movement (KNM) has decided to send a comprehensive report on Gilgit-Baltistan’s constitutional rights, economic and social issues to the European Union’s human rights committee. The decision was taken at the central executive committee meeting of the movement held under the chairmanship of its chairman Advocate Mohammad Iqbal in Gilgit. The meeting discussed the Emma Nicholson report on the region and its future strategy to raise the issue at international forums. The meeting also discussed various aspects of the Northern Areas Governance Order. It was pointed out that there was no difference at all between the LFO (legal framework order) and the governance order under which the Northern Areas Legislative Council had been renamed as NA Legislative Assembly. It was stated that instead of transferring powers to the assembly, civil and military bureaucracy had been vested with more socio-economic and administrative powers. The meeting demanded that the powers of civil and military bureaucracy should be curtailed and military officers posted in civilian organizations of Gilgit-Baltistan should be withdrawn in accordance with the directives of Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Pavez Kayani.


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