Demands To Make Azad Kashmir & Gilgit Baltistan Two New Provinces Of Pakistan

Former chief justice of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Supreme Court has sought provincial status for the two disputed territories of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B).
Justice (retd) Manzoor Hussain Gilani, chairman of the Association for the Rights of People of Jammu and Kashmir, told The Express Tribunethat both G-B and AJK are parts of the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir, under control of Pakistan.
He said the present de-facto provincial arrangements in G-B and AJK need to be formalised in the Constitution. The lack of this formalisation has hampered the commitment of the Pakistani government, and retarded democratic growth of the areas, while denying them their legitimised status under the country’s constitution, he stressed.

“Both territories need similar, simultaneous constitutional reforms to be empowered as ‘special territories of Pakistan akin to provinces’, with representation in all policy and decision-making institutions under the Constitution,” Gilani said.
The process will also legitimise the rights and duties of the governments of Pakistan, he added. Gilani welcomed the Pakistani government’s decision to form a committee, chaired by PM’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz, to empower the provinces.
The first meeting of the committee will be held on Thursday in Islamabad.
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  1. This is not a new demand as both federating units ( Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan) will benefit immensely from becoming fully fledged provinces with funds allocation from federal budget according to their populations. Pakistan should not wait for India to give right of self determination to Indian Kashmir but add a provision in constitution of Pakistan that until such time Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir are provinces of Pakistan with full rights.


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