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An Interim Province

In November 2020, Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan announced that Gilgit-Baltistan would attain provisional provincial status after the 2020 Assembly election, a long-standing demand of the people from the region. Since then, the government has made several legislative strides towards establishing Gilgit-Baltistan as an interim province, with the last few weeks being particularly eventful.

For starters, the government has made Gilgit-Baltistan one of its priorities on the infrastructure side and has allocated a lot more funds than the region has seen in the past. The incumbent government provided 300 billion rupees to Gilgit-Baltistan to improve its infrastructure. There are also several structural changes being made to distinguish Gilgit-Baltistan as a separate province—the region has been given a separate share within the budget. The PSDP has envisaged hydel power generation and transmission projects, connectivity projects for tourism, youth skill and scholarship…

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