The reason being, powers lie in Islamabad, & until we get our legitimate rights , we may not be able to bring positive change . So efforts should be made to get constitutional rights , to be at par with all other provinces of Pakistan.Former Federal Secretary for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs۔ Shahidullah Baig
By Syed Asad Ullah Ghazi Former secretary Shahidullah Baig while expressing his opinion in the Whatsapp Group ‘GB Strategic Reforms said that it is better to be late than never . We have another option , like AJK model .
They have an interim constitution, framed in 1974 . Under the constitution that govt enjoys autonomy & exercise all powers except defence , foreign affairs & financial matters.
They have all the institutions functioning . The chief secretary & ig are posted by federal government on deputation & rest of the officers are local . All the judges in the superior courts are from AJK .
That govt also generate revenues ,but not sufficient to meet its expenses & to carry out development projects, are dependent upon Federal govt . That model may not suit us ,because we don’t have enough revenues to conduct our business, which is extremely essential to run the government/ system. In my view , GB may prefer to get into the orbit of constitution of Pakistan ,to get its legitimate rights as the other Provences Pakistan enjoy at the moment .
We may than be conducting our business with dignity & honour . Right now People of GB are in no man’s’ land & that has hampered our progress badly ,in all spheres of life .
And we must ,therefore strive to get these rights at the earliest to move forward.