The people of Gilgit Baltistan were crying to be annexed with Pakistan or with Kashmir. but Nawaz Khan Naji introduce a new ideology that the people from Ladakh to Chitral have a separate identity,ideology,entity that we have our own languages,culture,race,geography and common economy but we have never had a separate status. this areas must first become a separate unit then we will decide whether we want to go with Pakistan,with Kashmir or seek independence.
We need a common name Gilgit bBaltistan is disputed not a common name. this area is the junction of Hamalayas, Hindukash and Karakrum ranges in between the roof of the Tibet and Pamir.In the past the area was known as "BALA" which means high the people were called "BALAWAR" or "HiGHLANDER" that is why we called the area from Ladakh to Chitral "BALAWARISTAN" or "HIGHLAND".
The area was once part of Jammu and Kashmir after partition and the war with India it was occupied by Pakistan,but it is never described as Azad Kashmir but as the northern areas by Islamabad which rules it by proxy in 1850. There were three powers in region Dogras,Sikhs and British.they attack first in Ladakh,then Baltistan then Gilgit and then Chitral and occupied the area from 1850 to1947.
The region was under KashmirI rules but the people of region fought to expel to Dograss from Gilgit Baltistan., they had a golden chance during partition,when a maharaja acceded to India at the time our people fought against the Kashmirs and establishment a free government the REPUBLIC OF GILGIT" the first president was RAJA SHAH RAISE KHAN,after 15 days of rule they ask for Pakistan`s help not for annexation because kashmir had already been annexed by India. Pakistan official come to Gilgit,Pakistan occupied the area,expel the prescient because local government was weak and Gilgit become once again political agency of Pakistan,like it was agency of British India in the past.
We are not in the constitution of Pakistan, we cannot cast a vote or stand for parliament post in Pakistan,we cannot appeal to the supreme cout of Pakistan, we are foreigners. Actually it is completely and accaupation Article of 8 of the agreement signed between Islamabad and the government of Kashmir,between Mushtaq Ahmed Gurmani,minister without portfolio,government o f pakistan Sardar Muhammad Ibrahim president of Azad Kashmir and Choudhary Gulam Abbas head of Muslim conference.The people of Gilgit Baltistan don not know then we did not cast a vote for ghulam abbas or ibrahim, there was no Muslim conference so how can the head of muslim conference sign a agreement with pakistan about Balawaristan (Gilgit Baltistan). Our president was Raja Shah Raise Khan and a president was Sardar Ibrahim How cam Ibrahim sign a agreement on Balawaristan.
Just Think About It.............
About Author: Ajaz Ali is from Thingdass, ghizer,Balawaristan and is Student/ Press Secretary BNSO Sindh zone. .He/She can be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org