Islamabad (News): The Gilgit-Baltistan Student Council of Quaid-i-Azam University celebrated the 64th Independence of Gilgit-Baltistan from Dogra Raj at the Rawalpindi Arts Council.
Gilgit-Baltistan Finance Minister Mohammad Ali Akhtar was the chief guest on the occasion. All student councils — Mehran, Seraiki, Balochi, Punjabi, Pakhtun — were present there to show solidarity and celebrate the Gilgit-Baltistan independence day with them. The students aptly organised the whole function where they presented the culture of Baltistan through dances and songs.
On their independence day the Gilgit-Baltistan Council of the Quaid-i-Azam University appoints their new members of the council. In this regard all the Student Councils’ chairmen congratulated the newly-elected Student Council and the caps were exchanged between the chairmen. Mehran Council, Saraiki Council, Pakhtun Council, Balochi Council and Punjabi Council gifted their ‘cultural caps’, ‘dastar’, ‘pagri’ and ‘ajraks’ to Gilgit-Baltistan’s newly elected Chairman Amjad Ali Hunzai and he in exchange gifted and dressed them up with ‘Gilgiti cap’.
All the student council presented their own cultural dance that was much appreciated by the students. Typical Gilgiti dance with two swords was also presented by a student. Since ‘Shina’ is spoken in Gilgit-Baltistan a song in that language was also presented by a student. The chief guest Mohammad Ali Akhtar while speaking on the occasion said that by the Grace of God Gilgit-Baltistan is blessed with crystal clear rivers, countless glaciers and mountainous ranges, Himalaya, Hindukash and Karakoram and beautiful valleys. He said that today Gilgit-Baltistan was freed from the Dogara Raj and allied with Pakistan.
He said that Gilgit-Baltistan was included in national stream because of martyrs and Bhuttoism. Mohammad Ali Akhtar said that Gilgit-Baltistan remained under the control of bureaucracy and it was neglected till 1974. He said that in spite of declaring independent province, Gilgit-Baltistan has not been given complete provincial autonomy and its struggle will continue till the achievement of goal. “There should be no confusion in the fact that why we are celebrating our Independence Day on November 1st, we are not separate from Pakistan that got independence in 1947, but it is because that we defeated Dogra Raj in 1947 and since then we are celebrating our independence. Then we decided to become a part of Pakistan in 1947. It is a tribute that we pay to our martyrs who laid their life for our independence.
It was a historic moment for us that we chose to be a part of Pakistan. The present government has recognised our services and given us a status of a province but we will only be completed when we’ll have representations in National Assembly and Senate. Here we want to tell each and every Pakistani that we are standing behind you and in every crisis we will support Pakistan,” he said.