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The business of lip service

Most of the activities surrounding government’s relationship with the people of Northern Pakistan have been around questions of identity, and the threat of the resurgence in sub-natioanlism. Pakkistnai authorites have never sincerely addressed questions of governance, social justice, equity and development. All policies so far have been policies of adjustment and appropriation as opposed to devising ambitious pre-emptive, strategies aimed at addressing real issues. The people of GB need to understand these harsh realities in order to chalk out a future course of action and consolidate a political movement that is based on our common issues. These real issues are about providing good health facilities to all the people, giving quality education to our childern, training competent teachers, creating job opportunites and expanding trade relations with our great neighbour China so that we can benefit from Sino-Pak trade. Once we are able to identify the our real problems and present them t in thier proper context then half the battle is won and the remaining challenge will be dealt swiftly. But unfortunately the people of GB are not really prepared to take this challenge.

Consider the recent talk of constitutional packages for the people of GB which has been kept alight for the last half a century, sadly without a concrete result so far. As they do for their own people the business of lip-service in Pakistan is in abundance.   PM Gilani’s recent announcement of a so called new deal seems to be insincere, half-hearted and worthless. In what sense this package will be different form earlier series of reforms that were introduced in the region. These cosmetic changes are never going to help anybody.

Based on what has been happening in GB region of the world we  need to review all our associations with Pakistan and try to foster an issue-based resilient and vibratn civil society. The Giligit-Baltistan Post is an attempt in that direction. We welcome all the people of GB to come on board and support us.

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  1. Hidayat Karim
    June 7, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    I agree with comments since the time of affiliation of Gilgit Baltistan with Pakistan, the people of Gilgit-Baltistan are waiting and every time they just get drops of water to be suvived where they needs an ocean to satisfy their thirst.

    The recent initiatives in no way seems to be an another folly for the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. Whatever will happen in this proposed and expected upcoming constitutional package would be what the rulers in Pakistan will think appropriate. It will be void of the contribution and representation of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, because uptill now no body has consulted the people of Gilgit-Baltistan regarding what they want for themselves. Again it would be an imposition against which people of Gilgit-Baltistan are raising their voices and highly unsatisfied with the Govt. of Pakistan.

    Hidayat Karim

    • gbpost
      June 7, 2009 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks Hidayat Karim sahip for your comments.
      It falls on the shoulders of people like yourself who will step forward, initiate a process of dialogue on real issues, and wait for a crtitical mass to gather momentum and finally snatch our rights from the jaws of unjust people sitting in Islamabad.
      GB Post has been concieved with the intention of bringing to light issues of political marginalisation in our area. We are in the planning process now and looking for volunteers who could help us with news-reporting, and other writing activites. If we succeed in pursuading 10-15 committed volunteers for our cause then we will launch this blog as a platform where ideas about our destiny in GB could be frankly, freely, openly, and coragelously disucssed.
      In the meanwhile i would request you to keep checking this blog for any updates, and if your are interested in cooperating with us i would strongly encourage you to write us an email on: gilgit.baltistan.post@gmail.com
      Thanks You
      GB Post Team

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