November 1 marks the independence anniversary of the present day Gilgit-Baltistan. On this day in 1947, a handful number of Gilgit Scouts rebelled against the Dogras and successfully achieved independence for the region from Dogra Raj. 71 years have passed but Gilgit-Baltistan is yet to become a constitutional part of Pakistan.
The people of Gilgit-Baltistan have been loyal to Pakistan for decades despite Pakistan’s failure to give basic rights, sent and lost their best men in wars like 1965, 1971 and 1999, Zarb-e-Azb, and many more front where their bravery was put under test. Yet Pakistan ignored the very basic right of the people of G-B: The right to vote!
The dilemma is that this is still a surprise to many people in Pakistan who are not aware that the 2 million population of Pakistan is not allowed to elect their leader.
This leads to getting a head of the state whom we, the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, did not elect in the first place.
The young people of Gilgit-Baltistan are raising one question with the same voice: How many more decades would it take for Gilgit-Baltistan to get its much deserved identity?
Sadly there isn’t much hope in the near future. But the struggle must continue.