[Opinion] Gilgit Baltistan’s loyalty to Pakistan
People of Gilgit-Baltistan acknowledge the claim of Gen Raheel Sharif who knows better and understand well the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. Indeed, COAS understand more than anybody else, even a soldier of Pak army knows and understands better than anybody about the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, because the army soldiers and officers do not spend their tenure of service in Gilgit city but they serve the nation in borders with an open eye. Therefore,the army officers better understand hardships, poverty, sacrifices and allegiance of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan.
Worthy chief, you are fully acquainted with the loyalty of people of Gilgit-Baltistan and you are witness to the fact that, since their independence up till now, no person from Gilgit-Baltistan has been found involved in espionage for enemy country. No intelligence network of enemy could penetrate into the Gilgit-Baltistan. Yes dear chief, you have first information about adversities of people of Gilgit-Baltistan and their difficulties in travelling from one place to another due to mountainous terrain to face, as you have served the area,stand to face the highest altitude border area of Siachin and Kargil.
Your good-self has rightly addressed the youth of Gilgit-Baltistan that the Pak army is theirs and I would like to say that, of course, Pak army is of our youth’s and our youth is of Pak army’s. Hearts of people of Gilgit-Baltistan are beating for Pak army and you know better the sacrifices of lives by the youth of Gilgit-Baltistan in the liberation war 1947 against the Dogras, in the year 1965 and 71 against the India and encounters against the India in Siachin glacier particularly in Kargil war the role of soldiers from Gilgit-Baltistan is exemplary and the Pak army has endorsed and recognized the role by awarding Nishan-e-Haider to a son of Gilgit-Baltistan along with other military awards to officers.
Honorable chief your good-self is well aware that the loyalty of people is above board. They are by birth Pakistanis and this fact is barefaced from their demand since their independence that, the region must be constitutional part of Pakistan and their fundamental rights be safe guarded by the constitution of Pakistan. The governments in Islamabad do not seriously take this issue to disentangle since long therefore, we the people of Gilgit-Baltistan solicit your kind attention towards this chronic and core issue, though your institution is not directly concern with but you may use your offices to resolve this issue which is also having strategic importance and once it is resolved no enemy can exploit the grievances of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan.
Last but notthe least, the people of Gilgit-Baltistan and myself appreciate your categorical response to the false statement of Modi, the prime minister of India and other enemy forces. We make you assure that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan are behind you like an iron-wall and they warn the enemy to beware of any intrigue against Pakistan as our nation is united in national issues. The government as well as the opposition is at one page. The nemesis must understand that, our army and other security institutions are awaken under the bold and brave leadership of their chief. I at this stage would like to pay thanks to the chief minister Gilgit-Baltistan for convening the successful seminar on vital issue of “Pakistan china economic corridor”
— The writer is retired Justice Supreme Appelleant Court, Gilgit-Baltistan.