GILGIT: Former president of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and rights activist Asma Jahangir emphasised on the need to resolve long-standing constitutional issue that plague G-B. “This is in the best interest of Pakistan as it will strengthen the country,” She expressed these views while addressing lawyers in Gilgit on Saturday.
According to the right activists, lawyers should strive to amend the Constitution to allow the people of G-B to enjoy constitutional, economic and political rights.
“We will force government to do this,” she added. She also urged the government to compensate people who have given up their property for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. Asma criticised Supreme Court of Pakistan, saying judges lack the courage to hear cases tried by military courts.
“The continuity of the system is important even though we do not like the rulers,” the rights activist added.
The former SCBA president regretted Awami Workers Party leader Baba Jan was sentenced for political activism and said she was closely monitoring his case.
Without legal backing
On the occasion, senior lawyer Mir Akhlaq said the Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self-Governance Order, 2009 lacked legal backing. “That is why neither the government nor the judiciary is independent,” he added.
Senior lawyer Amjad Hussain, who is also president of Pakistan Peoples Party in the region, said there was no means protecting G-B’s interests in CPEC. “If there are territorial disputes, how will CPEC pass through G-B?” he questioned. The event was also addressed by senior lawyer Ehsan Ali, Malik Kifayat and others.