GILGIT: A city-wide strike is being observed to protest the legal status of Gilgit-Baltistan and the taxes levied in the area.
Traders protested with holding tax levied on business transactions in the area arguing that the legal status of Gilgit-Baltistan should be clarified by the government.
Gilgit-Baltistan region is neither a province of Pakistan nor part of the federation. It is a part of Jammu and Kashmir, and is directly ruled from Islamabad. No parliamentarians represent the region in the National Assembly.
A change in constitutional status of Gilgit-Baltistan is being considered nine months after Prime Minister signed the CPEC agreement with the Chinese.
The CPEC is a $46 billion infrastructure plan set to link China’s western city of Kashgar to the Pakistani port of Gwadar on the Arabian Sea, with a network of roads, highways, railways and investment parks.