Gilgit Baltistan Independence Day

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The people of Gilgit Baltistan won their liberation from the Hindu Dogra ruler on 1st November 1947 when the Gilgit Scouts rebelled against the colonial establishment and annexed themselves with Pakistan unconditionally. Decades after its independence, the region is yet to acquire a proper provincial status under the country’s constitution.

Gilgit Baltistan is the harbinger of tourism in Pakistan and has attracted millions of domestic and foreign tourists in the country. After the successful military operations in 2010 and the implementation of the National Action Plan in 2014, tourism in the northern areas increased exponentially.

Besides tourism, the region also holds strategic importance under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as it provides a vital route for the shipment and logistics of men and material from China to Pakistan. The national development policies need to be aligned with the region’s long-term socio-economic benefits for better national integration.

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