J K News Today
A sudden burst of Pakistan’s interest in Gilgit- Baltistan is not because of the people living there or giving them any special dispensation but to colonize them further and suppress them as Islamabad-Beijing don’t want any challenge to the usurpation of resources of the area, and the methodology is simple: unleash military power over them so that they cannot breathe under the jackboots.
Not much of the news is coming out of the area because all the news is filtered by Pakistan’s military. The rights’ activists are killed, tortured and the educational institutions of theirs are burned down – all this news is choked .Nothing comes out of the area. Pakistani media is a partner in this conspiracy in this news blackout and the foreign press has no access to the region , and even if they get to travel to the area , they are shadowed so heavily by ISI that they cannot see what they want to see, and they cannot interact with the people . The people are told not to speak anything adverse against Pakistan , and as a minor concession, they can talk about the beauty and the tourism potential of the area only .
Nothing else can they see or hear from the people Chinese troops and workers. Chinese have set up their projects in Gilgit-Baltistan and the troops guard these establishments , and the work is given to the workers brought from mainland China. Neither Pakistan nor China trusts the locals.
. Such is the plight of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan aspiring to air their views on the denial of their human rights and they are silenced if they raise the voice against Pakistan’s unabashed capturing of their resources and settling mainland Pakistanis there . Pakistan has also given the land of Gilgit-Baltistan to Chinese . By all account, the situation is that Gilgit-Baltistan is under siege from all sides.
The world outside is closed to them, and the outside world cannot visit them. Within they cannot survive under the impact of atrocities unleashed on them by Pakistan and China . They are squeezed . There is nothing called human rights because they are not treated as humans at all
Here is an example and a recent one.
On July 15, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan kickstarted the construction work of Diamer Bhasha dam in Gilgit. He was accompanied by Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan army Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwaa . If it is a civilian project , where was the need to take along the army chief unless there are some military goals involved in the whole thing . This was essentially to convey a message that the Pakistan military was deeply involved in the project and the locals should not dare to raise any voice against the project.
Now in the words of Pakistan P M’s Special Assistant on Information retired Lieutenant Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa had disclosed that the project will generate 4,500 MW of hydel power. Imran Khan said that it is going to be the biggest dam .
The dam will have 6.4 MAF water reservoir . It will add 12.M acres of Agriculture , and the 4500 MW power generated from it would boost the steel, cement construction . Nothing from agriculture to the industries exist in GB, and the direct beneficiaries would be Pakistanis, not the locals. This is how Pakistan is looting the resources of Gilgit Baltistan .