‘Karakoram best name for N.As’

Weekly Bang-e-Sahar Karachi Saturday 26 July—–August 1, 2008

By Our Correspondent
GILGIT: The Northern Areas should be renamed as Karakoram in accordance with a survey conducted by members of the legislative assembly. This was stated by Karakoram National Movement leader Dr Habib Younis while talking to a delegation of Karakoram Students Organizations from Karachi and Gwadar. He said historically and geographically Karakoram was the best suitable name for the region. This, he added, has also been agreed upon by scholars during a number of discussions on the topic.He said a sub-committee of the legislative assembly had also sugested Karakoram as the alternative to the Nortehrn Areas. However, under the pressure of a federal agency, the proposals and recommendations have been put into the cold storage, he claimed.Security agencies fear that with the change of name of the region, nationalist forces would gain further ground to acheive their objectives, he said.


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