G-B to be mentioned in the Constitution and Represented in the Parliament
Pakistan is to raise the constitutional status of its Gilgit-Baltistan with a mention of the province in the constitution of the country and representation in the parliament.
An official said a committee was working on a plan to address Chinese concerns over its investment of $46-billion though India objected to its building of the CPEC through Azad Jammu & Kashmir region. India considers Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir as their own and alleges the country to have occupied the same, their vested interests get hampered with construction of such a project.
"One of the proposals is to raise the status of the region but it will be still short of regular province. The region would be mentioned in the Constitution and will be represented in Parliament," he said. If implemented, the mountainous region would find a mention in Pakistan's Constitution for the first time.
The strategic region in the north provides the only vital link with China. It is also on the key route of the ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), linking western China and other Baltic States to southern Pakistan's Gwadar Port with a network of roads, highways, railways and investment parks.
Friday, 08 January 2016 15:31
posted by Ejaz Mir
Even if GB is given the status of 5th province of Pakistan, it will not effect the status of Jammu and Kashmir, which has to be resolved through adult franchise, under UNO Resolution.
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