Gilgit-Baltistan part of Pakistan, declares court

The full bench of the Supreme Appellate Court Gilgit-Baltistan’s declared Gilgit-Baltistan a part of Pakistan on Thursday.

Shahbbir Mir July 08, 2010

The full bench of the Supreme Appellate Court Gilgit-Baltistan’s declared Gilgit-Baltistan a part of Pakistan on Thursday.

Headed by Justice Muhammad Nawaz Abbasi, the bench comprised Chief Judge Jaffer Shah and Justice Mohammad Yaqoob.

The court passed the historic judgment while hearing a petition filed by judicial officers of the lower judiciary requesting that the subordinate judiciary be upgraded.

“Gilgit-Baltistan by virtue of Article 1 [2] [d] of the Constitution of Pakistan for all intents and purposes is part of Pakistan, and with the system of self governance on the basis of a provincial setup has internal independence,” said the judgment, which was 91 pages long and was drafted by Justice Abbasi, a former judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

The judgment also said the governor of G-B is a representative of the prime minister of Pakistan whereas the chief minister is the chief executive of the G-B government as established under the Empowerment and Self Governance Order 2009.

On the issue of service rules of the subordinate judiciary, the judgment said the chief court of G-B should frame these rules on the pattern of rules framed by high courts in the provinces with necessary modifications, and may frame judicial policy as per policy in the provinces.

The judgment also said the court may create a post for a senior civil judge in the judicial service in order to improve the lower judiciary.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 9th, 2010.


Ajaz | 11 years ago | Reply Gilgit Baltistan has never been part of Pakistan and will never be. This fact is known to all the educated people in GB and Pakistan. According to UNO this territory is an disputed land. I will give a wise suggestion to pakistan that first proporly have a sovergnity over the pakistani land controle your own people and make them prosper than try to controle disputed areas.
Abdul Hamid Khan | 11 years ago | Reply Its the habit of some people whose aim is only to reply and critisim not to present the true picture.For the kind information of there is no Supreme Court or even High Court in Gilgit Baltistan.The name of "Supreme Appellate Court" is confusing some people but not all. Mr. Abbasi the head of this kangaroo Court is a Pakistani national and presented his loyal views in favour of Pakistan. Gilgit Baltistan is a disputed territory according to UNCIP resolutions and its out side of Pakistani terrotory legallay and constitutionally.If this has become part of Pakistan what Mr. Abbasi the imposed head of Appelate Court describes, then he should order the Parliament of Pakistan to make necessary amendments in its constitution and he should also give direction to Supreme Court of Pakistan to declare null and void of its previous judgements, because Abbasi is Supreme. This bragging of Mr. Abbasi the Hazarwal to misguide the masses. If hes has powers even like Hight Court then whay he does not hear the cases of writ petitions against Human Rights violation and why he is here by the orders of Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan Ministry and why his court and the so-called Assembly have not been given the protection of any law and constition.His order is like an order of a king in a film series.
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