A protest against Pakistan’s new Gilgit-Baltistan law

Pakistan, several people have been injured in clashes between police and protesters during a demonstration against the so-called Gilgit-Baltistan order.

 Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has summoned a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) today to discuss security of the state and border issues among other affairs, sources informed Geo News.

Besides reviewing the implementation of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) reforms, the top civilian and military leadership will also mull over the regional situation and issues pertaining to eastern and western borders of the country, sources added.

According to the media reports, police fired tear gas shells and resorted to aerial firing in Gilgit yesterday to stop protesters approaching towards Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly for a scheduled sit-in against the newly introduced order.

Politicians, cutting across party lines, held protest rallies across Gilgit-Baltistan demanding constitutional rights for the region. Civil rights groups in Pakistan have also criticised the order.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has seized more authority from the local council to deal with the affairs of the disputed region through the Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018 which was passed on May 21.

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