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[Editorial] Dissolution of Local Bodies: The electorate of Gilgit-Baltistan?

On the grounds of security concerns the federal government has used its prerogative to dissolve local governments across Pakistan, and this decision has been apparently extended to Gilgit-Baltistan. It is quite understandable that violence, social unrest and the threat of suicide bombing remains as potent a threat as it ever was. But the decision to do away with elected representatives three months before the end of their term is a very undemocratic process indeed. Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistani president talks of ‘my democracy’ wherever he goes around the world and he impresses upon world powers for his stainless democratic credentials and tries to be a great figure at par with his wife Benazir Bhutto, and his father-in-law Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Of course he is the most corrupt politician Pakistan ever has delivered so far. That point aside, but the decision to make local bodies redundant, and render them ineffective until further notice is not a democratic decision at all. This means,  Zardari’s believes in a specific form of democracy that suits only himself and seeks to consolidate his power, of course withthe blessing of his foreign masters.

We in Giligit-Baltistan don’t need to bog ourselves down in the messy Pakistani politics because it is certainly devoid of any virtues, values and principles. Pakistani democracy is the name of a system where thugs, corrupt, immoral, and certainly heartless people get themselves elected through harassing the electorate or they simply select themselves with the blessing of the Army. Local-body elections  should provide us in GB an opportunity to consolidate true democratic principles and nurture the idea of re-connecting our relationship with the State. When we talk of state we don’t necessarily talk of a certain nation-state but we should talk of Government’. In our masses, right at the grass-roots level we the great and dignified people of Chilas, Gilgit, Ghizer, Skardu, Yasin, Hunza and Nagar need to cultivate the idea that it is through strong political and social organization that we can hope to free ourselves from the ills of poverty, illiteracy and lack of access to good health. Local body elections, whenever they happen should serve as an ideal platform to instill the idea of our basic human rights and we should tell them that the establishment in Islamabad has usurped those rights. It would be through the activism of our great people that we will win many tough battles to come.

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  1. Mehmood
    July 12, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    It is very unfortunate to discuss people like President of Pakistan Gonda Dakoo Asif Ali Zardari with the holy places of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral as it is also unfortunate for each and every Pakistani brother to have him their president.

    Since the start of the Local Governement Bodies established by one of loyal Pakistani General than any politician, General Pervez Musharaf, the main pakistan political parties were opposing it. The reason is simple either it is PPP or PML both are infact run by political dictators so why they should tolerate any democratic instiution which in fact transfers powers to the people at grassroot level such as Local bodies?

    In terms of Gilgit-Baltistal it is more unfortunate to observe the local bodies of Pakistan to be considered at par with Northern Areas Legislative Assembly (NALA). It has in reality opend a Pandor Box, and have shown a real ugly face of Pakistani rulers of the area. The people of Gilgit-Baltistan were having a false sense that NALA is in fact a weak Assembly equal to that of Provicial Assemblies of Pakistan but it is not that, it is even more powerless than a municpal corporation of a Pakistani Town.

    If local bodies will be removed in Pakistan, people still have elected representativies in Assemblies but in case of Gilgit-Baltistan their will be none and area will be ruled by civil dictators. NALA is the only institution in Gilgit-Baltistan where people come in through election and this basic right of people is again snatched by the govt. of Pakistan Peoples Party -Zardari(PPP-Z).

    People of Gilgit-Baltistan protest heavily on this issue and will take harsh action against the decision if imposed.


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