Gilgit Baltistan is pressing for autonomy as part of a larger push towards democracy. The Gilgit Baltistan region of Pakistan, long under dispute with India, operates without a constitutional framework. This lack of rule of law has meant that all judicial matters have been guided by political motives. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent establishment of military tribunal courts in the region is a continuation of the policy to rule Gilgit Baltistan as a modern […]
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The people of Gilgit-Baltistan, like many others living along the Line of Control, worry of war spreading north of Kashmir. After a brief lull, Indo-Pak forces have resumed shelling along the Line of Control (LOC) which divides the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. The people of Gilgit-Baltistan, like many others living along the LOC, worry of war spreading north of Kashmir. Already, tens of thousands of Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary are stationed in Gilgit-Baltistan. Despite […]
Conflicts between Chinese firms and locals of Gilgit-Baltistan are not new. With large outcry in Pakistan against recent Palestinian killings, one wonders at the nation’s pronounced silence on the continued Uighur genocide in China’s restive Xinjiang Province. This absence of protest by Pakistan on Muslim oppression in China is not without reason. China is Pakistan’s major defense and trade ally. China has major investments in much of the country including the UN-declared disputed region of […]
Important Twitter accounts to follow for the latest developments in Pakistan. Pakistan is the third largest Muslim country in the world after Indonesia and India, respectively. With more than 180 million people, Pakistan is the sixth most populous nation on earth, and has a small but active Twitter community. What do Pakistanis like to discuss on social media sites like Twitter? Like their Indian neighbors, Pakistani Twitter users are eager to have a platform to […]
The opinion makers in Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad-Kashmir (AJK) find themselves at odds in defining the relationship of Gilgit-Baltistan with the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. They also differ in views on how the lingering Kashmir dispute should be resolved. The majority of the people in Gilgit-Baltistan maintain that their forefathers liberated the region from the despotic rulers of Kashmir in 1947 and subsequently declared allegiance with the newly created state of Pakistan. Therefore […]
The Institute for Gilgit Baltistan Studies is a think tank based in Washington DC, which conducts research and organizes seminars to raise awareness about the UN declared disputed region of Gilgit-Baltistan. The region is constitutionally claimed by India and remains in physical control of Pakistan since 1947. Our workshops focus on issues including demilitarization, political and judicial autonomy, genuine democracy, interfaith harmony, religious and cultural freedom, and the elimination of extremism and terrorism. The Institute […]
More than half of the population of Gilgit-Baltistan lives below the poverty line and relies on subsidies on provisions to ensure food security. Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) – a Himalayan region in dispute between India and Pakistan – is a paradox representing an impoverished and disenfranchised people living in an area of high geostrategic importance in South Asia. The region holds immense economic value for Pakistan which heavily relies on its rivers for irrigation. Furthermore, the mountain […]