Weekly Bang-e-Sahar Karachi Saturday 26 July—–August 1, 2008
GILGIT: Northern Areas adviser for revenue and border trade Mirza Hussain while criticizing the military and civilian authorities for keeping the people of Gilgit-Baltistan deprived of their basic rights has said the corrupt rulers and officials of the Kashmir affairs division have been treating the masses of the region as a second class citizens for the last over 60 years.He said the representatives of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan have been raising voice for ensuring basic rights to the people but the rulers have so far taken no steps for their redressal. In a letter to federal minister for Northern Areas Qamar Zaman Kaira, he said all the civilian and military governments ignored the problems of Gilgit-Baltistan since the establishment of Pakistan. The attitude of the rules towards the area shows as if Gilgit-Baltistan is not inhabited by human beings, he added.Addressing the federal minister, he said you belong to a political party which claims to be the champion of the rights of the masses but even with the coming into power of the PPP there seems no headway in providing and ensuring basic rights and facilities to the people of the area.He said under article 7 of the Role of Business 2004, the advisers of the legislative assembly have been given the status of provincial minister but we have no say in the affairs of departments coming under our jurisdiction. He said for the last many years human rights violation in Gilgit-Baltistan have been rampant and the people of the region have been deprived of their rights. He said the area has been given under the purview of the KANA (Kashmir and Northern Areas Affairs) division and corruption in the division has overshadowed the irregularities in the region. He said President Musharraf’s package did nothing to change the situation in the region because officials in the KANA division did not allow to implement the package of the president. He asked the minister to at least implement the package announced by the president for the region.He said the discriminatory attitude of the rulers and the authorities concerned had caused great injustices with the people of the region which still remains deprived of basic facilities of life.