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'Left out' Kashmiri leadership pans Pak govt. for Gilgit-Baltistan reforms.



Byline: ANI

Islamabad, Sep.5 (ANI): The Pakistan government's new administrative reforms for the Northern Areas, Gilgit-Baltistan, have not gone down well within the political leadership of the region.

The reforms, which allow autonomy to the region, have been severely criticised by leaders of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), who demanded that all the leaders from Kashmir must be thoroughly consulted before such important decisions are taken.

Former Pakistan Prime Minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N PML-N Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz group) ) chief Nawaz Sharif Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif (Urdu: میاں محمد نواز شریف ) (born December 25, 1949 in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan)[1] is a Pakistani politician.  has also condemned the government over the issue, saying it did not take on board Kashmiri leaders before announcing the 'Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self-Governance Order 2009'.

Former JKLF JKLF Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front  leader Yasin Malik Yasin Malik is the leader of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (Yasin Malik). His movement is a secularist one.

Yasin Malik originally came into prominence as a militant in JKLF and underwent training on arms and ammunition in Pakistan based training camps.
 has also criticised the Pakistan government and said it had approved the package without taking all stakeholders into confidence.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi briefed the Kashmiri leadership and leaders of political parties of PoK over the Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan issue.

Despite the Pakistan government not giving Gilgit Baltistan the status of the country's fifth province, the reforms would see the region having a legislative assembly, a chief minister and a governor.

The briefing was attended by Minister for Information Qamar Zaman Qamar Zaman (born 1952, in Quetta, Pakistan) is a former squash player from Pakistan. He was one of the leading players in the game in the 1970s and 1980s. His biggest triumph was winning the British Open in 1975.

Qamar won the Pakistan junior squash championship in 1968.
 Kaira, PoK President Raja Zulqarnain Khan, PoK Prime Minister Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, and other Kashmiri leaders, The Nation reports. (ANI)

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