Pakistan’s constitutional position on AJK and GB is that the status of these areas will not be disturbed and all the facilities of provinces will be provided in these areas.
Tahir Khalil (The News)
ISLAMABAD: In another blatant blunder after the Interior Ministry declared Kashmir as part of India in its statement in the Supreme Court, a parliamentary body on Tuesday declared the Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan as provinces of Pakistan.
The Senates Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination Tuesday issued the agenda for its meeting, in which AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan were declared provinces of Pakistan.
Besides that, the official communique of the committee meeting also says that affairs of six provinces were discussed in the committee. It is interesting to note that the meeting chaired by Senator Farrukh Aqil was also attended by Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, PPP Senator Mukhtiar Ahmed and JUI-F’s Senator Ghulam Ali, but none of them objected as to when these six provinces were created.
Pakistan has never declared AJK as its province nor Gilgit-Baltistan was declared as Pakistan’s province.
The official position of Pakistan on AJK and GB is that the status of these areas will not be disturbed and all the facilities of provinces will be provided in these areas. That is why the AJK government is functioning under a separate constitution.
Political observers are of the view that the parliamentary body has committed a blatant error and deviated from Pakistan’s constitutional position on AJK and GB. They said correction of this mistake is a must.
Earlier this week after Pakistan Interior Ministry called ‘occupied Kashmir’ as ‘Indian state’ in Supreme Court, Interior Ministry had to issue a statement refuting it as an error and confirming there was no change in it’s stance on Jammu Kashmir’s disputed nature.