Gilgit Baltistan: From Creeping Federalisation to Annexation by Pakistan?

Pakistan National Security Committee headed by the Prime Minister Imran Khan met on 22 May. Along with other issues purportedly related to regional security, a separate session was held pertaining to reforms in Gilgit-Baltistan. Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur and GB Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman were special invitees to the National Security Committee as they are not formal members of the same. Issues pertaining to Gilgit Baltistan were related to implementation of judgement of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on 17 January 2019 when the Court sought the government to provide for rights of the citizens of the area expeditiously. The Supreme Court held that the origin of the Kashmir Issue lay in the "accession of Kashmir to India by the Hindu ruler of a Muslim majority state, which was contrary to the expectations of the population and to the basis professed to be preferred by the British for accession by the Princely States."................................

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