Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has seized more authority from the local council to deal with the affairs of the disputed region through the Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018 which was passed on May 21.
The order is seen as Islamabad‘s efforts towards incorporating the disputed region as its fifth province.
Police fired tear gas shells and resorted to aerial firing in Gilgit yesterday to stop protesters approaching towards Gilgit-Baltistan assembly for a scheduled sit-in against the newly introduced order, The Express Tribune reported.
Politicians, cutting across party lines, held protest rallies across Gilgit-Baltistan demanding constitutional rights for the region.
The Gilgit-Baltistan government has promulgated the Gilgit-Baltistan Order-2018, which replaced the…