It has been decided by the government to elevate Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) to the status of a full-fledged province. It would be given complete constitutional rights that include representation in the Senate and the National Assembly. This was revealed by the Minister Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs Ali Amin Gandapur.
Prime Minister Imran Khan would soon visit Gilgit-Baltistan and make this announcement formally, said Gandapur. He said that on all the constitutional bodies which include the National Assembly and the Senate, Gilgit-Baltistan would be given adequate representation
The minister said, “After consultation with all stakeholders, the federal government has decided in principle to give constitutional rights to Gilgit-Baltistan.”
To a delegation of journalists from G-B, the minister said, “Our government has decided to deliver on the promise it made to the people there.”
But Gandapur stressed that after the constitutional rights are granted, the subsidy and tax exemption on wheat given to the region would not be revoked.
He said, “Until the people there stand on their feet, they will continue to enjoy this facility.”
The minister said that the Gilgit-Baltistan people were deprived for 73 years. This would now come to an end.
The work on the Moqpondass Special Economic Zone would start under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as per the minister. The government will take the necessary steps to improve the health, tourism, transport, and education facilities.
He said, “To provide better healthcare facilities to the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, the government will provide MRI and CT scan machines to all District Headquarters Hospitals, while the basic health units (BHUs) to be provided ultrasound machines.”
Adding, “Furniture will be provided to all schools. Rest houses will be set up at about 70 places to promote tourism. Loans will be provided to the locals to build huts and guesthouses at tourist destinations.”