The most frequent retort to Pakistan’s protests about the treatment of Kashmiris in Indian-Occupied Kashmir is that it operates in much the same way in Gilgit Baltistan. While that claim is erroneous in many ways, legally and politically, Pakistan has not yet decided what to do about Gilgit Baltistan. It signalled its intention to declare the region a fifth province in 2020 however little has been done in making this a reality. This symposium seeks to better understand Pakistan’s relationship with Gilgit Baltistan, it aims to amplify the voices of those from the area, and analyse the issues in how Pakistan has governed the region. We hope that this will allow for greater understanding of the challenges of the people of GB from both an international and domestic lens. This will not only thwart Indian claims about the region but also at the same time ensure that Pakistan’s decisions remain in keeping with its longstanding and principled position on the Kashmir dispute. We hope you enjoy reading these articles!

Resolving the Greater Kashmir Issue by Employing Indigenous Means

This article discusses the need for regional countries to employ indigenous means to resolve the Kashmir issue, otherwise they risk exacerbating the effects of conflict and climate change which may culminate in future water wars.

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The Case of Gilgit Baltistan

This article discusses the need to distinguish the governance of Gilgit Baltistan from the Kashmir dispute and argues that the region should be mainstreamed as a province of Pakistan.

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The Constitutional Crisis in Gilgit-Baltistan

This article discusses Gilgit-Baltistan’s current constitutional crisis and how its vague nature has denied the people of Gilgit-Baltistan their right to self-determination

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Governance of Gilgit-Baltistan: Issues & Solutions

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.

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