Senate Human Rights Committee submitts a resulation for amendments in the GB Empowerment and Self-Governance Order 2009
Islamabad, May 03:A nine-member delegation of the Senate Human Rights Committee, which recently visited Gilgit and Hunza, submitted seven resolutions to the house on issues ranging from proposed amendments to a law to improvement in development of mining in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).
Senator Babar said the resolutions sought amendments to the GB Empowerment and Self-Governance Order 2009, launching of a community awareness programme for exploring mineral resources, lifting of a ban on the issuance of mining licences, increase in the number of flights to the area and introduction of labour laws, opening of Skardu-Kargil and Skardu-Laddakh roads, police reforms and promotion of tourism by allowing limited period visa to tourists on arrival in Gilgit.
The delegation headed by Awami National Party’s Afrasiab Khattak included Senators Mushahid Hussain Syed of the PML-Q, Hiadayatullah (Fata), Mr Babar, Sehar Kamran, Nasreen Jalil, Suraya Amiruddin, Khalida Mohsin and Farhat Abbas.
The Senate committee believes that the GB Legislative Assembly should be empowered and judicial system must be strengthened in the region to protect fundamental rights of people.
“The current system of appointments in the higher judiciary in GB needs to be reviewed to make the institution truly independent and strong,” Mr Babar said.
He said members of the committee were convinced that in the changing regional scenario, Pakistan’s security, economy and foreign policy issues were intricately linked to GB and Islamabad should revisit its policies about GB. _Dawn_