GILGIT: the federal government or any agency cannot impose taxes on the people of Gilgit-Baltistan because the area is not part of the country under its constitution. This is the law under the constitution of Pakistan and we are not making any such claim on our own.

This was stated by retired Justice Syed Jaffar Shah while talking to a delegation of the awami action committee here. He said that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan had no powers to vote in the presidential and parliamentary elections of Pakistan and neither they have any representation in parliament. But laws made by parliaments are being imposed I the territory of Gilgit-Baltistan. He said if Pakistan continued these injustices and tried to impose taxes on the people of Gilgit-Baltistan , it would mean inviting a situation like that we saw in former east Pakistan and in the Balochistan province of Pakistan where people stood up for their rights.

He was of the view that instead of giving more rights to the people, the successive governments in Pakistan have been treating them as a subject in a kingdom. He said the government was itself making Gilgit-Baltistan a disputed region. He said that injustices were also being meted out to the education youth of Gilgit-Baltistan in the federal bureaucracy.

Speaking on the occasion, the convener of the action committee, Maulana Raees said that backed by the educated and experienced people of Gilgit-Baltistan, the committee had launched a struggle for the rights of the people. He said that the demands of the committee were based on facts and the aspirations of the masses and the committee had decided to launch the struggle to achieve all its demands.

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