Human Right Violation: The Impetus for Causing Discontentment among the Natives of Pakistan Occupied Gilgit-Baltistan Region


  • Nargis Khatoon Research Scholar, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India


Gilgit-Baltistan, Political, governance, Pakistan, India, Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir


Gilgit-Baltistan, (originally or legally the Northern-most territory of India and now, under the illegal occupation of Pakistan) is currently, governed as an administrative unit of Pakistan through the “Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self- Governance Order, 2009”. The Order maintains its status as part of the disputed territory of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Self-Governance Order, 2009 is not able to meet the political rights of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan according to the natives of the area is Human Right Violence, which further is causing discontentment among them. Concurrently, the sense of deprivation among the people in general and the sense of alienation and frustration among the youth of Gilgit-Baltistan, in particular, continue to increase. Moreover, the overbearing manners of the bureaucracy and its control over the administrative and political affairs of the region is a major cause of discontent among the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. The objective of the research paper is to discuss the ambiguous administrative setup in Gilgit-Baltistan and to highlight the causes of Human Right Violence that leads to discontentment among the youth of Gilgit-Baltistan. Both primary sources of information like newspapers, documentaries and official documents and secondary sources of information like books are used for the research study.