Another step by Pakistan’s administration regarding the territorial dispute. Pakistan is ready for Gilgit-Baltistan election by the back up of China and its investments on CPEC project in the region of Gilgit Baltistan.
- Pakistan government has decided to elevate Gilgit-Baltistan’s status to that of a full-fledged province.
- In recent days, the Pakistan Army said that there is a need for a new constitutional amendment and opposition’s support for Gilgit-Baltistan.
- After consultation with all stakeholders, the federal government has decided in principle to give constitutional rights to Gilgit-Baltistan.
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The 7 Administrative Divisions of Pakistan;
Pakistan has 7 administrative divisions which involve 4 provinces and 3 autonomous regions, while on the other side India has 36 administrative divisions.
- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
2 Autonomous Territories;
- Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
1 Federal Territory;
- Islamabad Capital Territory.
Why Pakistan is ready for Gilgit-Baltistan election behind China’s Strategy on CPEC?
Gilgit-Baltistan is actually at the northern zone of Jammu and Kashmir, and it attached with both Pakistan and India. This is considered to be a disputed part of India with Pakistan. But Pakistan has been claiming this disputed part as its own territorial part since 1948.
Actually, China has already invested at least $ 67 billion in Gilgit-Baltistan for infrastructural development like roads, railways, bridges and some more economical investment over there.
In September, Pakistan media reported a dinner meeting between Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa and other senior military Chiefs with several parliamentarians from the Opposition.
The motive of China for CPEC investment;
China usually trades with Iran and other middle eastern countries for crude oil. China takes all this stuff from Iran and then bring it through Strait of Malacca from the South China Sea.
This migration of crude oil takes a lot of time and money. While on the other side, the United States of America, Japan and India’s Navy has covered the Strait of Malacca in order to restrict China’s trade from the South China Sea.
So, Pakistan and Gilgit-Baltistan is an option for China for crude oil supply from Iran and other middle eastern countries. This is the reason, Why China has been investing in both Pakistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Why China is forcing Pakistan to conquered Gilgit-Baltistan as soon as possible?
There is a very strategical approach of China behind the Gilgit-Baltistan and CPEC project, that Pakistan knows very well. But right now, Pakistan is also in trouble to take a decision for both Gilgit-Baltistan and the Kashmir issue.
Important >>> Actually, Pakistan has a pressure of China about the immediate integration of Gilgit-Baltistan with itself, otherwise if India will capture this region legally with the help of United Nations then the economic investments of China over there will be ruined.
What Pakistan is thinking right now?
Now, Pakistan is thinking that if Gilgit-Baltistan would have been integrated with Pakistan, then it will be cleared to the United Nations that Kashmir is not a disputed area ( it must be the part of India ).
If Pakistan will integrate Gilgit-Baltistan with its territory then the Sovereignty of Pakistan will be in risk. Imran Khan including whole Pakistan will be insulted throughout the world.
|Point to be noted;|
Elections in Gilgit-Baltistan are on hold.
CPEC Project’s benefits to both China and Pakistan;
As you can see in the above picture of the highway representation. This highway is called as Karakoram Highway, which connects Pakistan with China via road connectivity. Maximum economic, social and political activities of both China and Pakistan are done via this highway like trade, deployment of soldiers, investments etc.
Actually, this highway is very crucial for China and Pakistan as it starts from China’s Xinjiang region and ends at Gwadar port of Pakistan.
- Employment generation in Pakistan because as per CPEC project, China has constructed highways, railways and some more economic aspects like Hydroelectric Power projects, Solar Power projects etc.
- China is safe from the United States of America and India because they have deployed their naval warfare ships to restrict the Chinese trade from Strait of Malacca, and also China had to consume more time for this trade.
- China can send its security forces to Pakistan easily, whenever is needed within a less interval of time.
- This CPEC project is not only beneficial for Pakistan and China but also for Afghanistan because CPEC is very close to Afghanistan border and China is also investing in Afghanistan to influence Taliban so that they would get collabs with one another against India.
History of Gilgit-Baltistan;
1947 – Gilgit-Baltistan was treated as part of the kingdom of Kashmir region.
1947-48 Kashmir conflict – Gigit – Baltistan came under Pakistan control.
The 1970s – Pakistan’s ruling elite decided to carve it out of Kashmir, make it an administrative unit, directly controlled by Islamabad.
Status of Political rights in Gilgit-Baltistan;
- No political rights for people of Gilgit-Baltistan.
- Gilgit-Baltistan for long has been neglected and has remained in a constitutional and administrative limbo.
- Lack of clarity on its status.
- Since the 1970s – local politics has been sidelined in the region.
- Deprivation of political rights of locals.
According to our Analysis, it is cleared that Pakistan has some benefits under the CPEC project but the main thing is that if Pakistan wins Gilgit-Baltistan then it will automatically lose Kashmir under the rules and regulations of the United Nations. And if Pakistan will not accept China’s indication regarding the integration of Gilgit-Baltistan to itself then under Chinese debt, China will take some strict actions against Pakistan.