Colonial Rule in Gilgit Baltistan
by Danish Khan
The rich mountainous region of Gilgit Baltistan has become a new habitat of the most horrific and brutal parasite. The detail scientific study of parasites revealed that parasites live on the expense of their host. The brand name of the parasite under discussion is Pakistani military establishment. Unfortunately the host is the region of Gilgit and Baltistan. The discussion about the threat and danger this parasite possess is not even an issue. The major host of this parasite known as Balochistan is a classical example of blood sucking of its host.
The Pakistani state and media treating the region of Gilgit Baltistan like it was never an issue. One should ask them in last 62 years where were the people of Gilgit Baltistan? Why you never bother to establish a democratic political setup in the region? Now all of the sudden they have started to run the election campaign in the region. What are the aspirations and ambitions behind it? How on earth the people of Gilgit Baltistan can trust the most hypocrite state run by the military and Feudal Landlords. The region of Gilgit Baltistan was and it is the part of the state of the Jammu and Kashmir, the Karachi accord of 1949 was a joke with the people of Gilgit Baltistan. The ruling classes of Kashmir and the Pakistan are the culprits of the people of Gilgit Baltistan. Constitutionally Pakistan has absolutely no authority over the region to decide the fate of the two million people of disputed Jammu and Kashmir. It is a violation of the UN resolution which has only mandated temporary administrative authority over this region till the dispute is resolved.
The breath taking mountainous region of Gilgit Baltistan is the most underdeveloped region of the sub continent. Alarmingly low literacy level, the absence of industry, deplorable roads and communication links, the lack of energy resources, and the lack of job opportunities have fuelled the resentment and rebellion amongst the people in the region. The left of the Pakistani Occupied Kashmir has created a new network with the progressive elements in the Gilgit Baltistan. A new red wave of revolution is starting to breeze in the mountains. Pakistani ruling classes are behaving like colonial powers in the region and imposing their own institutions against the popular will of the people of this unfortunate region. The progressive forces of the region have totally rejected this oppression by the Pakistan.
The resources of the region should be used for the welfare of the people of that region. It is understood that in the present colonial status of the Jammu and Kashmir, the resources have been exploited by the ruling classes of both Pakistan and India. Thus it is dialectical need of the time to have a national democratic revolution in the region, which will overthrow the oppressive arm forces of the both imperial countries. The emancipation of the people of Jammu and Kashmir can play an important role in the victory of the working class people of the Pakistan and India. It is a time of collaboration among the progressive left of the region. The left of Pakistan and Kashmir are showing solidarity by marching in the capital against the colonial rule over the people of Gilgit Baltistan. The message of red revolution has been started echoing in the mountainous region. The new dawn is in not far away when the slogan of revolution “Har zulm ka aik jawab, Inquilab Inquilab” will find its way through the mountains and it will reach in the every city and the slum of the country.