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Gilgit-Baltistan Elections 2015

The people of Gilgit-Baltistan will elect their representatives for Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly in the upcoming Gilgit-Baltistan Elections on June 8, 2015. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should cast your vote, whoever your choice is.

1. You are 18+

Yes, that’s right. You can’t vote if you are not at least 18 years of age at the time of voters entry and bearing a valid Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) or a Smart NIC. You can chant slogans and participate in rallies though.

2. You Get to Vote Once in Half a Decade

Just like in Pakistan, Gilgit-Baltistan Elections are held once in every 5 years. This means you will get the chance to vote once in half a decade. If you don’t vote right now, the next time you would get this privilege would be in 2020! That a longer wait than the World Cups and Olympics!

3. Leaders Don’t Elect Themselves, Voters Do

Though a leader might decide to contest the elections but he/she does not have the power to elect himself/herself. It’s the ultimate power of your vote that brings forward the right people to represent you in the assembly.

4. Vote is Your Right

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, every citizen of a recognized country has the right to use their vote to elect their representatives. Unfortunate enough for Gilgit-Baltistan, your vote can’t elect the Prime Minister or send your representative to the National Assembly, but you can still use the power of vote to send a representative of your constituency to the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA), a house with the powers to make decisions of you.

5. Voting for the Right Person Eliminates the Wrong One!

One of the best reasons why you should vote is to eliminate the incompetent politicians from representing you. You might not be able to stop someone from contesting the elections, but you sure can eliminate the wrong numbers but voting for the right candidate or at least a better candidate for that matter.

Contributed by Imran Ahmed Hunzai.

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The League is dead, long live the United Nations

Justice Retired Muzaffar Ali

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Our world has witnessed thousands of wars throughout human history but World War I is described as the war that will end all wars. By the time it ended, more than 16 million men, women, children, and soldiers were dead. The League of Nations was established with the aim to prevent a repeat of such a calamitous war. However, the League of Nations neither managed to prevent invasion by Japan on Manchuria nor could stop the annexation of Ethiopia by Italy, or that of Austria by Adolf Hitler. Its powerlessness caused its demise in the year 1946. Lord Cecil closed the assembly with the last words “The league is dead, long live United Nations.”

 Nazi Hitler, fascist Mussolini caused WWII, the same end in the year 1945. America used the atomic bomb against Japan, destroyed two cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and got the title of first and last country to use atomic bomb in human history. The world leaders again think of a global forum. UNO was established. Its charter gives a mandate to the Security Council to prevent “aggressions” either through peaceful means or by using force.

The Security Council has five big countries as permanent members vested with veto power. America is a “pivot man” in. The primary role of the Security Council is to settle issues among countries, which might be a “threat” to world peace and security. UNO, under its security council, solved many issues. Alas! Kashmir and Palestine issues since 1948 remain unsolved agenda on the table of the Security Council.

On Kashmir, both India and Pakistan are claimants. India entered its army into, with the plea that maharaja Kashmir has made a “succession deed” with. Pakistan claimed over Kashmir as 98% of the Muslim population has chosen Pakistan. Both faced armed conflicts over Kashmir. Indian PM Nehru went to the UNO seeking its help. Pakistan also agreed on role of UNO in settling the issue.

Security Council probed into the issue, passed eleven resolutions. Conclusions drawn as (a) armed conflicts in Kashmir are a real threat to “world peace and security”. (b) Rejected respective claims of both countries, (c) accepted the right of self determinations of Kashmiris. (d) Both the conflicting countries waived their respective claims and conceded a plebiscite under the auspices of the UN.

Security Council failed in the implementation of its resolutions on Kashmir, since 1948. India introduced article 370 to its constitution, gave a special status in reference to the so-called “instrument of accession by maharaja”. This article was also in violation of the Security Council’s resolutions.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) with “Hindutva” ideology is established in India on the pattern of Nazism of Hitler. Modi leads the Bharatiya Janata Party (a wing of RSS) in government. He has thrown Security Council resolutions on Kashmir. He deleted article 370, discarded the so-called “accession instrument”, turned Kashmir into a big jail. Imposed longest curfew. He himself went to America. America received Modi as a Victor. Trump joined a public audience arranged by Modi, raising his hand in hand with Modi lauded “great people of India and America are fighting against Islamic extremist terrorism.”

What prevents Modi, from genocide and kidnapping Kashmiris and from violation of conclusions in the security council resolutions, when the top “pivot man” of Security council welcomes him, closing the eyes towards the aggression by Modi? While it was required to suspend the membership of India in UNO and disallowed Narendra Modi to attend the annual meeting for his barbaric activities, atrocities as an aggressor in Jammu & Kashmir state.

MR. Khan, the premier of Pakistan, well defined Islam as a religion of peace and as “Islam is one”. These terrorist groups, unguided and ignorant Muslims were given birth to, by America initially, do not represent Islam. Muslim states encountered them particularly; Pakistan has lost at least 70,000 civil and military persons. The world knows what kind of role India played except false blame against Pakistan for the intrusion of so-called terrorists into LoK just to mislead the world opinion against the indigenous liberation struggle of Kashmiris. But Donald Trump gives a pave to India by saying that “both America and India are defending their borders from Islamic terrorist”.

Trump tried to conceal his favor to India by arranging a meeting with Mr. Khan but soon disclosed. When a news correspondent asked him a question like “Mr. President Do you give equal place to an aggressor and an oppressed?” Donald Trump got confused and turned the question into a giggling atmosphere.

The world must understand “League of Nations” could not prevent Hitler, Mussolini and other dictators from their ambition to expand their territories and also failed to prevent victors of   WWI from extraordinary claims using the league in this regard consequent upon league became dead. It is also irrebuttable that, United Nations has been made by the victors of WWII and the Security Council gives permanent membership to those countries.

At present, Modi has turned the subcontinent into an active volcano and if United Nations and superpowers remain spectators then, not only the subcontinent but the entire world might face its burst as Modi could attack even control line with the pretext of terrorism as Trump has given him the license. If the subcontinent is caught by the fire of war, the world order could be changed and the UN might lose its mandate and history could be revised with the word “United Nations Organization is dead” as lord Cecil once said, “The League of Nation is dead”.

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Federation of Pakistan has no way but to implement Supreme Court directives

Justice Retired Muzaffar Ali

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Supreme Court's Decision about Gilgit-Baltistan

The constitutional status of Gilgit-Baltistan is as old as the Kashmir issue. The people of Gilgit-Baltistan liberated their motherland from the illegal occupation of Maharaja Regime. People constituted a local government in the region thereafter, newly created Muslim country Pakistan extended its de-facto jurisdiction over the region but again attached Gilgit-Baltistan to the Kashmir issue.

State of Jammu & Kashmir, ruled by Maharaja before the partition of Indo-Pak, divided into three parts main portion was captured by the Indian army which is still called occupied Kashmir. A small portion thereof was liberated by the Kashmiris with the help of tribal men, which is called Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The third is GB region which is also considered disputed under Security Council resolutions.

Since all the above mentioned three parts were claimed by both the countries, Pakistan claimed entire Jammu & Kashmir state to be its part as per partition agenda agreed upon by the parties while India claimed the Kashmir state as per so-called accession deed made between India and Maharaja Kashmir.

Kashmir issue prevented the two neighboring countries from friendly relations rather thrown them into wars against. That is what the situation became hurdled for both the countries to declare, the parts of Kashmir state in their de-facto control, to be their integral parts.

India gave a special status to occupied Kashmir under Article 370 of the Indian constitution while Pakistan also awarded special status to AJ&K through an Act of parliament. People of AJ&K have their own Constitution but unfortunately, Gilgit-Baltistan ruled by executive “Orders” imposed from time to time by the Federal Governments in Islamabad, despite a persistent protest against.

The Federal Governments deprived people of Gilgit-Baltistan from their fundamental and constitutional rights, as such there remained nothing but to invoke the jurisdiction of “Supreme Court of Pakistan” hence the issue was taken to Supreme Court and got a verdict from there with the directions to provide fundamental rights safeguarded by an independent Judiciary guaranteed by constitution even if needed to emend the continuation of Pakistan but the verdict given by august “Supreme Court” in well-known case “Al-Jihad Trust” was turned no ears by the Federation for decades.

Thereafter, many petitions under Article 184(3) were submitted before Supreme Court even the federation itself filed a petition before against an order passed by the Supreme Appellate Court GB whereby, “Executive order 2018” was suspended. The Supreme Court heard all the petitions about the constitutional status of Gilgit-Baltistan pending before, after getting legal assistance of learned Attorney General, counsel for petitioners and even getting the assistance of senior jurists as “amicus curiae”.

During pendency, a committee headed by learned Attorney General submitted a new “proposed order 2019” before august Supreme Court. The honorable Court with the assistance of all the jurists appeared in the case and honorable Attorney General once again visited through the proposed “order” modified and sanctioned it by annexing the same with the judgment announced on 17-01-2019 as part of it and directed forthwith promulgation of the same by the President of Pakistan on the advice of the Federal Government and in any case within a fortnight hereof;

The Federal Government, either on one or another pretext did not comply the mandatory directive of august Supreme Court and used delay tactics to abuse the process of law apparently submitting applications to get an extension of time to advice President of Pakistan to promulgate the attached order.

The honorable Supreme Court did not extend any further time on the application submitted before the Court and during the pendency of the application the Federal government again has taken a U-turn by filing another application to amend the “annexed order 2019”.

The situation jolted bar counsel and other bar associations in GB to resist mala fide move of the Federation and their representatives appeared before on the date of hearing.

The plain reading of the judgment, I have come to the conclusion that the federation cannot introduce an amendment to the “GB Order 2019” unless the same is promulgated by the President, thereafter to the Federation can introduce amendments within the ambit of the directive (II) of SC in its judgment. The amendment application submitted without first compliance of the directives issued by the Supreme Court amounts to contempt of court.

The situation, in this case, is parallel with that situation once has arisen in judicial history when PM Yousaf Raza Gillani using executive tricks impliedly refused to comply the directives issued by the august Supreme Court and had to face contempt of court and resultantly lost his premiership.

During proceedings on 22-05-2019 although the honorable judges (as reported in the newspapers) showed their annoyance through their remarks it seems honorable judges acted upon the principle of judicial restraint, otherwise the Federation might be taken for contempt of court.

In further proceedings, if the Federation insists its plea of the amendment and also requests for getting further time to send its advice to the president for the promulgation of the proposed order which is annexed to the judgment that the legal status may turn towards contempt of court.

The federation must understand that the honorable court has provided judicial imprimatur and permanence to the proposed “order” and restrained the executive from their whimsical interferences and awarded unassailable judicial protection to the people of Gilgit-Baltistan in the cited judgment.

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