Islamabad using drugs to keep GB younger generation in a state of depression and despair


Islamabad,One of the major issues which is spreading like fire in Gilgit Baltistan (GB) part of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir is the use of drugs which have been made easily available in every corner of GB by the Pakistani agencies. This menace has been promoted by the Pakistani agencies to ruin the future generation of the GB so that they cannot raise voice against the injustices being done to them by Islamabad. Increasing ratio has been noticed among the students of the GB.
According to a rough estimate 100, 000 people use different kinds of drugs in Gilgit Baltistan. Yearly average death ratio of drug users in GB is almost 5 to 10 percent. If every drug user spends Rs. 1000 per day on drugs then total expenses of a day on drugs is 10 Crore in GB. Monthly expenses on drugs is 300 Crore. Yearly expenses on drugs are 3600 crore in Gilgit Baltistan. The amount which is spending on drugs is larger than the total annual budget (Development and non-development) of Gilgit Baltistan.
Easy availability of narcotics in Gilgit Baltistan has made school and college going children in the region vulnerable to drug addiction. No efforts are being made by the government departments to control the spread of drugs in the GB and rather, clandestinely it is being promoted by various agencies.
Imran Khan is the de-facto prime minister of Gilgit-Baltistan. This is despite of the fact that there were no elections in the region and Khan, therefore, is unelected Prime Minister and people of the region don’t have the luxury of electing or rejecting him, irrespective of whether they love or hate him.
Khan, however, is not the first prime minister imposed on Gilgit-Baltistan; all heads of governments and state during the last 72 years have ruled the region without getting votes. It is for this reason that some people in the region look at Gilgit-Baltistan as a region which is effectively being ruled as a colony by the Islamabad.
The powers of the toothless assembly were further curtailed in the newly promulgated Government of Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018. The “Order” was suspended by the Supreme Appellate Court of Gilgit-Baltistan, but again restored very recently by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Under the new law, the Prime Minister has obtained imperial powers over Gilgit-Baltistan; he is not answerable to the region’s courts, he can annul any law passed by the Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly, and he will enjoy complete immunity for his actions in the region.
Under these circumstances, the situation in the GB will worsen further in coming times and its brunt will be faced by the people of the region and especially the youngsters. The drug abuse has been imposed on the people of the GB as Islamabad wants to keep the younger generation of the region in a state of depression, despair and despondency.