According to sources, a draft has been prepared to make Gilgit-Baltistan an interim constitutional province of Pakistan. According to sources, after the draft is prepared, all stakeholders, including political parties, will be consulted and the draft will be finalized with their consultation. The Ministry of Law has the support of officials from the Ministry of Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan and the Ministry of External Affairs in preparing the draft and special care is being taken not to include any point in the draft that would undermine Pakistan’s principle stance on Jammu and Kashmir.
According to sources, the draft will also determine the seats of Gilgit Baltistan in the National Assembly and Senate. Various proposals in this regard are under consideration. According to the proposal, each district of Gilgit-Baltistan could be given one seat in the National Assembly. Under this formula, the number of seats will be 10 as there are currently 10 districts in GB and the districts announced during the last term of the previous government do not exist. According to the second proposal, one seat will be allotted in the National Assembly for every two general seats of the Provincial Assembly. Thus, the number of seats could be 12.
According to the third proposal, the seats would be allocated on the basis of division and each division will get one seat. The number of seats will be three, while different formulas are being considered for the number of seats in the Senate. GB seats in the upper house could be 3 to 6, according to sources. The Gilgit-Baltistan government has informed the federal government to consider more than 4 seats for the province in the upper house, as there are four seats in the upper house for the federal capital. If the same number of seats are reserved for the province, it will not send a good message and will give an opportunity to the opposition parties to spread negative propaganda.
A resolution to make Gilgit-Baltistan an interim constitutional province will be tabled in the National Assembly. On the other hand, rumors are circulating in Islamabad that the government is trying to finalize the draft as soon as possible so that Prime Minister can give some good news to the people regarding the interim constitutional province along with the announcement of a development package in his proposed visit to Gilgit-Baltistan.