Azad Jammu and Kashm

Azad Jammu and Kashmir? Treated as a separate administrative unit comprised of GilgitBaltistanHunza and Nagarit was designated as the Northern Areas and was denied any kind of legal or political status While Pakistan-administered-Kashmir (though controlled by the federal ministry of Kashmir affairs) had some semblance of political governancethis area merely had administrative status Under the direct control of Islamabadit was governed by civil administrators And because of the ambiguity about its legal statusthe people belonging to this area were not represented in the Pakistan National Assembly The right of democratic representationthereforewas not extended to them in any form Worsethey were also denied access to justice The Judicial Commissioner had supreme power and people had no right to appeal The Supreme Court of Pakistan had no jurisdiction; nor did the judiciary of Pakistan-administered-Kashmir have any role for the people in this part Due to thisthe area has suffered unrest for quite some time Local grievances forcefully articulated during the last few decadeshave not only been in the context of lack of a modern democratic system but also the suppression of the political identity of the area and the people By denying it its traditional nameGilgit-Baltistanits status was reduced merely to that of a geographical entity Furtherthere were allegations of substantial demographic and territorial interventions by the Pakistani state Apart from the transfer of around 5000 sq km of the area to Chinawhich is aggressively pursuing its interests in the areathe Pakistani government has been accused of pushing demographic change in this Shia-dominated area It is alleged that Pakistani rulers by allotting the land to outsidersespecially PunjabisPathans and other Sunnisencouraged them to settle in this area There is a general feeling that this demographic engineering has altered the areas traditional culture of harmonious co-existence There have been several incidences of sectarian violence in the last few years With the increasing discontentnationalist sentiments have been sharpened and many groups have been involved in the political movement in this area Demands have ranged from political autonomy to a separate nation of Gilgit-Baltistan It is a consequence of the growing political unrest within the region that the issue of Gilgit-Baltistan is being raised at par with Kashmir issue in international forums Though Pakistan refused to recognise the issue for a long timeit has lately been a part of the peace discourseespecially during Musharrafs time While offering a self-rule formulaMusharraf has referred to the Northern Areas along with Azad Kashmir as the two regions on the side of Pakistan where the formula needs to be applied Last weekthe federal cabinet of Pakistan approved the Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self Governance Order2009 By virtue of this orderthe official name of the area has been changed from Northern Area to Gilgit-Baltistanand it has been granted political autonomy The people of Gilgit Baltistan are supposed to have now the right of representationthe freedom of party politics as well as access to justice The area will have its own elected assemblychief minister and a centrally appointed governor To what extent the order will satisfy the aspirations of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan is difficult to predict at the moment Nationalist sentiments may not be placated by the package of autonomy What is clear howeveris that the order might further complicate the thorny Kashmir issue There are already voices expressing concern over the unilateral change in the status quo of the state of Jammu and Kashmir It is being seen as a step towards the merger of Gilgit-Baltistan with Pakistan It is not only India that has expressed its apprehensions in that directionthe political leaders of Azad Kashmir and the Kashmiri separatists have also reacted in a similar manner The leadership of Pakistan-administered Kashmircontesting the official position of Pakistanhas always asserted that Gilgit-Baltistan is a legal and constitutional part of Jammu and Kashmir a position established by the high court of Azad Kashmir in a famous verdict given by Chief Justice Majid Malik? that too on an instrument new to Carnatic music. “It’s been a cake-walk for Oltmans for two years. no tears, were haunted by two consecutive defeats 0-4 against Holland and then the humiliating 0-6 against Canada. said.

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