GILGIT: During his a visit to Gilgit-Baltistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif did not mice a word about three main and burning issues of the region. These are: the constitutional status of the region, the share of Gilgit-Baltistan in CPEC and the launching of work on the much delayed Gilgit-Skardu road project.
Talking to this correspondent, former deputy speaker and PPP local leader Jamil Ahmed said that the mysterious silence of the prime minister over the three key issues further compounded the matter and created doubts in the minds of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan.
He said that unless the federal government takes the people of Gilgit-Baltistan into confidence and satisfies them on the issue of CPEC, this vital international project would not be a success. He said that when his party tabled a resolution about the constitutional province, the PML-N opposed it. He said that federal government had formed a committee under the chair of Sartaj Aziz but it later turned out to be a bogus committee and died of its own death. He said that the PML-N chief had announced to make Gilgit-Baltistan a constitutional province and now when this party is power both in the centre and the province it should fulfil its promise.
The PPP leader was of the view that there would be no result of mere presenting a resolution and the only solution to the issue was to amend article 1 of the constitution and make Gilgit-Baltistan a province of Pakistan. He said the PPP would support such an arrangement.
He also said that as there was no representation of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan in parliament of Pakistan, Islamabad cannot impose any tax in the disputed area. He said that economic zones should be set up in Gilgit-Baltistan under the CPEC. He said that the CPEC route was passing through the whole territory of Gilgit-Baltistan but the federal government was not ready to give the due shares of the area people which would be resisted at all cost. He said the mega road project still remains in the doldrums and the prime minister did not speak any word about its launch.