Degree

BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)

Department

Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Spring 2022

Date of Submission

2022-08-28

Advisor

Sajjad Ahmad, Visiting Faculty, Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts (SSLA)

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access

Abstract

This senior year thesis is about the perception of the youth of Gilgit-Baltistan on the current constitutional status of Gilgit-Baltistan. Gilgit-Baltistan is an administrative part of Pakistan, which gained independence in 1947 from Dogra's rule and joined Pakistan. The region's legal status is undefined in successive Pakistani constitutions, which led to the denial of the constitutional and political rights of the people of GB. People of the region still do not have rights as citizens of Pakistan, which is the leading factor of dissatisfaction and political deprivation amongst the people of GB. This paper aims to highlight the constitutional ambiguity of the region by analyzing the perception of the region's youth about the constitutional status of Gilgit-Baltistan. The paper will also shed light on constitutional liminality under the pretext of the Kashmir issue. The research will include a brief historical background of the region, various reforms brought by different Political regimes in Pakistan, and the link between the constitutional limbo of GB with the Kashmir issue.

Pages

84

Notes

The study's objective is to give an insight into the political and constitutional status of GB by providing an overview of the region's historical background. The primary purpose of the research is to find out what the youth of GB is thinking about the constitutional limbo of the area. This study will help create awareness among the people of GB about their rights and give an insight into the political ambiguity in the area because this is primary research that includes the perception of the youth of GB. This thesis will serve as an academic contribution to the existing literature about the history and politics of GB. The paper will include the voice of the youth of GB, filling the gaps in previous studies. Hence the research question is:

"What is the perception of the Youth of Gilgit-Baltistan on the current constitutional status of Gilgit-Baltistan?"

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