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‘Gilgit-Baltistan’s Human Rights Day’ to be observed in december-Asma Jahangir

Gilgit: Pakistan’s noted human rights activist and former president of Supreme Court Bar Association, Asma Jahangir is on three days official visit of Gilgit-Baltistan  along with other officials of Human Right Commission of Pakistan. During her visit she called on multiple stakeholders in Gilgit. A large number of lawyers called on her at Lawyers Bars Association meeting where constitutional rights of Gilgit-Baltistan, judiciary system and access to justice were discussed. Eminent human right activist Asama Jahangir expressed dissatisfaction on the judiciary system of Gilgit Baltistan and vowed such judiciary system cannot provide justice to the residents of Gilgit-Baltistan.

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Awami Action Committee also called on Asma Jahangir and discussed the social and legal issues of Gilgit-Baltistan. Asma Jahangir appreciated the committee’s  efforts and assured for all reasonable support to reclaim rights.

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A delegation of youth activists also called on Asma Jahangir and expressed their concerns regarding  governance,constitutional rights ,freedom of expression and youth policy of Gilgit Baltistan. Asma Jahangir lashed out  at federal government for ignoring Gilgit-Baltistan and announced to observe ‘Gilgit-Baltistan Human Rights Day’ on December 10th 2016. According to her, preference will be given to observe the  day in Gilgit Baltistan but if situation not suitable it can be celebrated in Islamabad or Lahore as well.

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Later today, Asma Jahangir called on community leaders, attabad disaster victims. political activists, civil society representatives and youth leaders at Gulmit Gojal. Civil and political rights of the people were discussed in an interactive session. Asma Jahangir criticised the government for not providing the due rights of the people and urged the government to immediately release the compensation of  land used for KKH in the name of CPEC.

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Later, she visited Bulbulik, the first Wakhi/Pamirian music school and was entertained by the young performers.

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