Interim Provincial Status and Gilgit-Baltistan
2nd August 2021
The proposed legislature regarding granting strategically situated Gilgit-Baltistan interim provincial status has been finalized by the ministry of law and justice. According to the law that has been projected the election commission of the region will be amalgamated with ECP and the Supreme Appellate Court (SAC) of GB will be ended. The draft of the 26th Constitutional amendment has been completed and submitted to PM Imran Khan.
Farogh Naseem, the federal minister of law and justice was selected to draft a law on this case at beginning of July by the head. He was approached to finish it straight away. The draft of this bill has been arranged after a clear evaluation of the Constitution of Pakistan, United Nations resolution, and especially the ones that are associated with Kashmir’s plebiscite. The proposed constitutional amendment has been drafted after a discussion with different administrators of AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Article 1 of the constitution is related to the provinces and territories of the country. Amending article 1 will help in giving provincial status to GB and its representation in parliament as well. The amendment of the article is made in a way that it won’t affect the situation in Kashmir and if the Election commission is merged with ECP then the chief election commissioner of GB would be held to address the domain as an individual from the ECP.
The step of provisional provincial status to GB was discussed in a meeting last year and was agreed upon by all the parties. This affirmation was assured to the chief of army staff by all PPP and PMLN. One leader from another party said that due to CPEC, GB has attained significance in terms of strategic location. The leader likewise added that the region is significant and many people have their eye on it. The demand for provincial status by the people of GB is not new. There have been unanimous resolutions passed in Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly regarding it. People demand representation in the national assembly as well.
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