focus 'Gilgit Baltistan Empowerment Ordinance of 2009: the only people in support of these initiatives have been those who have directly benefitted from them. This leaves out most of the population, who not only have to make do with endemic institutional corruption and unavailability of a single medical, engineering, technical or other post-graduate college in the whole territory. They also have to endure taxation without representation; last year's newly-formed assembly does not possess the right to legislate on it’s natural resources, including water and minerals and for all intents and purposes, Pakistan’s executive in the shape of it's Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas (KANA) deals with all issues of governance.
I received a response on this article from a Kashmiri Pandit journalist, based in Delhi. Here are his remarks:
Dear Mr Sahaafi Sahib
I read ur piece on GB. It is really a matter of concen for the people like us. World is progressing but our regions are going to stone age.
As mediapersons it is our duty to raise the issues at any available platform.
I shall be obliged if u could mail me ur pictures along with the GB area so that we can highlight the issue more prominently.
R C GANJOO
New Delhi (INDIA)