Mr. Yasir Abbas is Coordinator to the Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan. He advises the office of the Chief Minister in formulating legal and policy interventions for the province. Mr Abbas has diverse experience of working with government, international and regional organizations on law, policy and governance. In the past, he has remained associated with organizations such as the European Union, National Health Services England, Coventry University and Democracy Reporting International. Mr. Abbas is the recipient of the Emerging Leader of Pakistan Fellowship award by the South Asia Centre, Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. Yasir went to the University of Sussex for an LLM in Human Rights Law as a Chevening Scholar from Pakistan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB) and a B.S (Hons) in International Relations from the University of Peshawar and Bahria University in Pakistan respectively.
This article discusses the Gilgit Baltistan Order of 2018 and its many attendant issues – primary among these are those relating to the erosion of local participation in governance. It further discusses how it may be amended to remove these difficulties and enhance local involvement.