Humanitarian Crisis At Gilgit-Baltistan

By Amjad Ayub Mirza The Humanitarian Coalition of Canada’s top aid agencies defines a Humanitarian crisis to be a “singular or multiple events” that threaten the health, safety, or well-being of an entire community.That is precisely what people in Pakistan’s occupied Gilgit-Baltistan face: a Humanitarian emergency.

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Failures of businesses caused by lack electricity can lead to massive unemployment and economic collapse.There are also a variety of factors that could cause a decline in the health and safety of our people.

It is not possible to have the same level of political representation as in Jammu and Kashmir’s Indian Union Territory.There, District Development Councils were elected and resources made available for development at union council levels.

The invisible hand of Pakistan’s military establishment controls a Gilgit so-called legislative Assembly.The last elections to the above-mentioned ‘institution’ were held in November 2020.

Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf won the elections, and has formed a government which rarely meets in session.Khalid Khurshid is the Chief Minister and spends most his time at the Gilgit House in Islamabad, attending parties.

The health of Gilgit-Baltistanans was affected by epidemics.

Unfortunately, there is no way to track the trends in malaria, dysentery and pneumonia, or Covid-19.The rural population has turned to local treatments for ailments due to insufficient transport and broken roads.

The people of Pakistan-occupied Gilgit-Baltistan are not suffering without resistance.No.No.My people organize protest marches and participate in sit-ins every day in all cities.

Their voice is not being heard, or they are ignored altogether.Those who can make a difference (e.g.The chief minister and his cabinet members have chosen to stay indifferent, spending most of their time Islamabad.My people have been literally abandoned by them.

Gilgit-Baltistan does not have a poor population.

The mountain houses the best of precious stones from around the globe.The region is home to large amounts of gold, gemstones, Gypsum and Chalcopyrite, as well as Uranium deposits.There is a lot of marble.We have more than 250 glaciers, which give rise to the River Indus.We aren’t poor, but we are subjugated.What is the point of expecting an unarmed population fighting against what has been called the sixth-largest army in the world?

This once prosperous region is now in deep destitute, despair.My people are suffering under the occupation of Maj William Alexander Brown (an ex-political agent for Gilgit Agency, who later worked on contract in the turbulent period of 1947), which staged a coup against Maharaja Hari Singh, then the State of Jammu Kashmir.

The instrument of accession signed by Maharaja Hari Singh (the last British Governor General) on October 26, 1947 states that Gilgit-Baltistan belongs to the Indian Republic.

For seventy years, Indians have been forced to live in Pakistani occupation.We have more in common with our Laddakh breathen that (Top 10 countries with highest number of active duty military personal)

Our solidarity has been with the Punjabi occupation army.

Only by joining the Republic of India can we hope for better times and end the Humanitarian crisis.

Dr Amjad Ayub Mirza, an author and human rights activist hailing from Mirpur in PoJK.He is currently exiled in the UK.

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