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Gilgit-Baltistan in limbo — 2 Comments

  1. Ziaul Haq had certain qualities like Talibanization and widening up ethnicity. Not only Gilgit-Baltistan became victim of it but the whole Pakistan is still suffering due to that cruel leader’s policies. Its negative consequences came in the shape of 1982 incident in our peaceful Chitral where many lives were lost and hatred started. Let’s talk about his rule due to which the former Governor of Punjab Mr. Salman Taseer, a business tycoon, was also killed by his own guard. Taseer was really a brave man and we admire his courageous effort for the minorities who are being targeted by dangerous Mullah-minded perpetrators. Let’s talk about Quetta bomb attacks on our Shia Muslim brothers who are being eliminated in a systematic way. These are the worse results of that cruel leader’s policies and there are many like this. This is what we the Muslims have been giving the message to the world of Islam. We don’t reform ourselves but blaming western world. Tahirul Qadri rightly said during his recent press conference that can’t we get positive things from them or are we have been born for evils?

  2. This is with reference to the article ‘Gilgit-Baltistan in limbo’ by Syed Ansar Hussain (Jan 8). While throwing light on the legacy of the region and its ambiguous constitutional status, the writer has also demanded formulation of policies for ‘industrialisation’ of Gilgit-Baltistan.
    This demand of the writer is either a misnomer or the flawed understanding of the word per se. It also contradicts some of the views presented by the writer in the latter part of the speech. Industrialisation is the period of a social and economic change that transforms a society from an agrarian into industrial one. It is a modernisation process, particularly adopted for the purpose of large-scale manufacturing. The region, Gilgit Baltistan, by design cannot afford to host large-scale industries.
    Moreover, industrialisation does not occur cheaply. It has a bearing on nature, as we know it. With glaciers melting faster than ever in the region due to global warming, industrialising the region is not in the best interest of the natives and the world at large.
    Having said that, the government should focus on what is the unique selling point of the region’s natural beauty. The government should gear efforts towards building infrastructure and initiate projects for the development of the local community in all aspects of life.
    Moreover, the demand for industrialisation is also not consistent, particularly with the writer’s belief that the region has potential in forestry, tourism, agriculture, livestock, the social sector, etc. Because when industrialisation occurs, technology replaces nature much for the bad of humans.
    Thus the word industrialisation is either used wrongly in the context or is reflective of the writer’s gross misunderstanding of the term itself.–published in Dawn