Protest in Gilgit-Baltistan over decision to make region Pakistan's fifth province
The Gilgit-Baltistan region is Pakistan's northernmost?territory which borders the disputed Pakistan-Administered ?Kashmir. India claims that the area is a part of its territory.(Representative image) Photograph: (ANI)
Protests erupted across Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-administered Kashmir on March 18th against Pakistan's move to make Gilgit-Baltistan its fifth province. Lawyers in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and Gilgit are on strike over the move and are demanding amendment to Pakistan's AJK Interim Constitution Act 1974,
Lawyers in PoK and Gilgit protest against Pakistan's move to make Gilgit-Baltistan as 5th province (18.03.2017) pic.twitter.com/o42Mn4WSAL— ANI (@ANI_news) March 21, 2017
A committee headed by Sartaj Aziz, adviser to prime minister on foreign affairs, recommended provincial status for the Gilgit-Baltistan region, Pakistan’s GeoNews reported.
According to news agency ANI, the protesters are saying that the move is an attempt by the Pakistan government to make the region’s land available to the Chinese government for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, like it gave the area of Aksai Chin to China in 1963.
Protest in PoK against Pak's move to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as 5th province;"Bacha-bacha katt marega,par ye suba nahi banega"slogan raised pic.twitter.com/rSf4O6q4WD— ANI (@ANI_news) March 21, 2017
The Gilgit-Baltistan region is Pakistan's northernmost territory which borders the disputed Pakistan-Administered Kashmir. India claims that the area is a part of its territory.
(WION with inputs from ANI)