Youth asked to stand up for rights

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RAWALPINDI: Speakers at a seminar here asked the youth of Gilgit-Baltistan to get united and raise a voice for the people of the region whose basic rights have been usurped by outsider rulers for over six decades.

The seminar ìNational issue and our responsibilitiesî was arranged by Balawaristan National Student Organization at a local hotel ad was attended by political, nationalist ad student leaders besides people from a cross section of society. Those who spoke on the occasion included BNF leader Shahid Hussain, Kargil International magazineís editor Ghulam Shahzad Agha, Sher Nadir Shahi of the BNSO, Democratic Student Federationís Asif Mayar, BNF leader Muhammad Ali, JKLF general secretary Tahir Mir and Mansoor Mughal.

The speakers shed light on the constitutional imbroglio in Gilgit-Baltistan and the role people of the region have been playing since 1947. Criticizing the injustices meted out to the people by the occupiers, the speakers asked the youth of Gilgit-Baltistan to play an active role to steer the nation out of the mess they have been in for over six decades.

The speakers also condemned the lopsided policy of Pakistani rulers regarding the share of Gilgit-Baltistan I the CPEC project and governmentís policy of occupying private land for the CPEC route under the Dogra era law of Khalsa Sarkar. They said that the rulers of Pakistan were ignoring the voice of the two million people of Gilgit-Baltistan and without giving them their due shares were busy in implementing the international project using the land of Gilgit-Baltistan.

They said that due to lack of a united voice outsiders have been exploiting the rights of the local people and looting the natural resources of the area. They said that it was time the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, especially the youth, realized the gravity of the situation and start working as a nation to ensure their rights. If they failed to do so, the speakers added, their coming generation would also have to suffer at the hands of the outsiders who want to perpetuate their rule in the area.

The speakers also paid tributes to the national heroes such as Abdul Hamid Khan, Baba Jan and the late Hyder Shah Rizvi for rendering valuable services to highlight the issue of Gilgit-Baltistan at the international level and raise awareness among the people.

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