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Baltistan

Gilgit Baltistan: Pakistan’s Growing Travails and India’s Inexplicable Silence

March 28, 2012

A course correction coupled with a proactive policy of nurturing the growing pro-India constituency in Gilgit Baltistan is the need of the hour.

Gilgit Baltistan: Neither ‘in’ Pakistan Nor ‘of’ it?

March 06, 2012

Pakistan has failed to address the aspirations of the people under subjugation in PoK leading to frequent political outbursts as being witnessed now, outbursts that are only likely to grow given Pakistan’s indifference towards the region as well as its internal security dynamics and external preoccupations.

India and the Pakistan-China Nexus in Gilgit-Baltistan

March 16, 2011

China’s intensified engagement in the region, encompassing reconstruction and development, suggests a subtle move to alter the security situation.

Constitutional Impasse in Gilgit-Baltistan (Jammu and Kashmir): The Fallout

May 2010

The legal status of Gilgit-Baltistan, which is part of Jammu and Kashmir that is under Pakistani occupation, has remained undefined in successive Pakistani constitutions. Pakistan governs the region with ad hoc presidential ordinances, resulting in transitory political arrangements. It was Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto who first introduced the so-called Northern Areas Governance Order of 1994, after shelving the draconian and inhumane Frontier Crimes Regulation, with which Pakistan ruled the region like a colony.

Getting Ready for a Hot Summer

April 05, 2010

The defence minister is indeed correct that ‘sacrifices’ would have to be made but this time India should offer that privilege to the Pakistani Army.

Pakistan’s Double Standard on Kashmir makes Indo-Pak CBMs Counterproductive

January 28, 2010

The Indo-Pak peace conference concluded with a pledge to uphold democracy, but failed to demonstrate it by limiting its invitation only to representatives from the Kashmir valley and ignoring other stakeholders.

Bhasha Dam: A Tomb Stone of Gilgit-Baltistan’s Aspirations

January 31, 2009

This year Pakistan is facing an acute water shortage and the shortage during the current Rabi crop is estimated to be around 35 to 40 per cent, which will adversely affect the wheat output, critical for the country’s food security. Pakistan also faces an acute power shortage, which has exacerbated by the reduced outflow from Tarbela Dam. To tide over the problems, Pakistan is building Bhasha Dam on River Indus, which is the largest dam being built in Pakistan since Tarbela was completed in 1976. Continuous silting has reduced the storage capacity of Tarbela and Mangla dams considerably.