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Gilgit Baltistan

Gilgit–baltistan (Urdu/Shina/Burushaski: گلگت بلتستان, Balti: གིལྒིཏ་བལྟིསྟན once in the past known as the Northern Areas) is the northernmost domain of Pakistan and an area of question in the middle of India and Pakistan. It fringes the region of Azad Kashmir to the south, the territory of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the west, the Wakhan Passageway of Afghanistan to the north, the Xinjiang self-governing district of China to the east and northeast and Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir to the southeast. 

Together with Azad Kashmir it structures a piece of the debated Kashmir area, which has been the subject of clash in the middle of India and Pakistan since the freedom in 1947.

Gilgit–baltistan is a semi-independent supervising toward oneself locale that was created as a solitary authoritative unit in 1970, shaped by the amalgamation of the Gilgit Office, the Baltistan district and the previous royal states of Hunza and Nagar. It blankets a zone of 72,971 km² (28,174 mi²) and is exceptionally uneven. It has an expected population approaching 1,000,000. Its capital city is Gilgit (population 216,760).


Gilgit–Baltistan was part of the Delhi Sultanate until it fell to the Mughal Empire in the early half of the 16th century. The territory became predominantly Muslim during the rule of the Delhi Sultanate and later the Mughal Empire due to missionary Sufi saints whose dargahs dot the landscape. By 1757, suzerainty of the region was obtained from the Mughals by Ahmad Shah Durrani under an agreement and became part of Durrani Empire (Later known as the Afghanistan) until Ranjit Singh invaded and took control from the Afghans in 1819. It became a princely state with the name "Jammu and Kashmir" around 1846 but later a rebellion, organised by a mutineers Major Brown of the Gilgit Scouts overthrew Ghansara Singh, the Governor administering the region on behalf of the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir on November 1, 1947 and temporarily installed an unrecognised state of their own. Raja Shah Rais Khan became the President while Mirza Hassan Khan the Commander-in-Chief of the Gilgit scouts. The region had run its own government for 16 days but later on the approval of local residents, unconditionally offered Pakistan to take over the administration. Also After Pakistan's independence, Jammu and Kashmir initially remained an independent state. But Later On 22 October 1947, due to India's interest towards the muslim majority state of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistani armed forces crossed the border in Jammu and Kashmir with the claim that they needed to suppress a rebellion on the southeast of the kingdom. Local tribal militias and the Pakistani armed forces moved to take Srinagar but on reaching Uri they encountered defensive forces. Hari Singh made a plea to India for assistance and signed the Instrument of Accession. The British government also took part in stopping the Pakistani forces from advancing. On January 20, 1948 the UN passed a resolution which called for the withdrawal of all Pakistani forces from Jammu and Kashmir, however a part of it(Known as Azad Kashmir) has remained under the control of Pakistan since then. In 1970 the two part territory was merged into a single administrative unit, and given the name the name "Northern Areas". The name "Northern Areas" was actually first used by the United Nations to refer to the northern areas of Kashmir. The Shaksgam tract was ceded by Pakistan to China following the signing of the Sino-Pakistani Frontier Agreement in 1963.
Before the demise of Shribadat, the last Hindu king of the Trakhàn dynasty in Gilgit, a group of Shin people migrated from Gilgit Dardistan and settled in the Dras and Kharmang areas. The descendants of those Dardic people can be still found today, and is believed that they have maintained their Dardic culture and Shina language up to the present time.


The domain of present-day Gilgit–baltistan turned into a different managerial unit in 1970 under the name "Northern Regions." It was framed by the amalgamation of the previous Gilgit Org, the Baltistan Region of the Ladakh Wazarat, and the slope states of Hunza and Nagar. It right away comprises of nine areas, has a populace approaching one million, a zone of pretty nearly 28,000 square miles (73,000 km2), and shares outskirts with Pakistan, China, Afghanistan, and India. In 1993, an endeavor was made by the High Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir to affix Gilgit–baltistan yet was subdued by the Preeminent Court of Pakistan after dissents by the prevalently Shia populace of Gilgit–baltistan, who dreaded command by the Sunni Kashmiris.

While authoritatively controlled by Pakistan since the first Kashmir war, Gilgit–baltistan has never been formally incorporated into the Pakistani state and does not take part in Pakistan's protected political affairs. On August 29, 2009, the Gilgit–baltistan Strengthening and Impact toward oneself Request 2009, was passed by the Pakistani bureau and later marked by the President of Pakistan. The request conceded guideline toward oneself to the populace of Gilgit–baltistan, by making, besides everything else, a chose Gilgit-Baltistan Administrative Gathering and Gilgit-Baltistan Committee. Gilgit–baltistan consequently picked up accepted region like status without naturally getting to be a piece of Pakistan. Authoritatively, Pakistan has rejected Gilgit–baltistani calls for coordination with Pakistan in light of the fact that it would partiality its worldwide commitments as to the Kashmir dispute. Some activist Kashmiri patriot gatherings, for example, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, claim Gilgit–baltistan as a component of a future autonomous state to match what existed in 1947. India, then again, keeps up that Gilgit–baltistan is a piece of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. As a result of human rights violations in the district, political gatherings in India have looked for government intercession there. 

On September 29, 2009, the Head administrator, while tending to a gigantic assembling in Gilgit–baltistan, reported a multi-billion-rupee advancement bundle went for the financial inspiring of the populace of the zone. Advancement activities are slated to incorporate the ranges of training, wellbeing, farming, tourism, and the essentials of life

Geography And Climate

Gilgit–baltistan fringes Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Area to the west, a little divide of the Wakhan hall of Afghanistan to the north, China's Xinjiang Uygur Self-ruling District to the northeast, the Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir to the southeast, and the Pakistani-directed state of Azad Jammu and Kashmir to the south. 

Gilgit–baltistan is home to five of the "eight-thousanders" and to more than fifty crests over 7,000 meters. Gilgit and Skardu are the two principle centers for endeavors to those mountains. The district is home to a portion of the world's most astounding mountain ranges. The primary extents are the Karakoram and the western Himalayas. The Pamir mountains are to the north, and the Hindu Kush misleads the west. Amongst the most noteworthy mountains are K2 (Mount Godwin-Austen) and Nanga Parbat, the recent being a standout amongst the most dreaded mountains on the planet. 

Three of the world's longest glacial masses outside the polar districts are found in Gilgit–baltistan: the Biafo Ice sheet, the Baltoro Icy mass, and the Batura Ice sheet. There are, also, a few high-height lakes in Gilgit–Baltistan:

  • Sheosar Lake in the Deosai Plains, skardu

  • Satpara Tso Lake in Skardu, Baltistan

  • Katzura Tso Lake in Skardu, Baltistan

  • Zharba Tso Lake in Shigar, Baltistan

  • Phoroq Tso Lake in Skardu, Baltistan

  • Lake Kharfak in Gangche, Baltistan

  • Byarsa Tso Lake in Gultari, Astore

  • Borith Lake in Gojal, upper Hunza, Gilgit

  • Rama Lake near Astore

  • Rush Lake near Nagar, Gilgit

  • Kromber Lake at Kromber Pass Ishkoman Valley, Ghizer District

  • Barodaroksh lake in Bar Valley, Nagar

  • Ghorashi lake in Ghandus Valley, Kharmang

  • The Deosai Fields, are found over the tree line and constitute the second-most astounding level on the planet at 4,115 meters (14,500 feet)after Tibet. The level lies east of Astore, south of Skardu and west of Ladakh. The territory was announced as a national stop in 1993. The Deosai Fields blanket a range of just about 5,000 square kilometers. For over a large portion of the year (in the middle of September and May), Deosai is snow-bound and cut off from rest of Astore and Baltistan in winters. The town of Deosai lies near Chilum chokki and is associated with the Kargil area of Ladakh through an all-climate

    Rock Art And Petroglyphs

    There are more than 50,000 bits of rock craftsmanship (petroglyphs) and engravings up and down the Karakoram Interstate in Gilgit–baltistan, assembled at ten significant destinations in the middle of Hunza and Shatial. The carvings were left by intruders, brokers, and explorers who passed along the exchange course, and additionally by locals. The soonest go over to somewhere around 5000 and 1000 BCE, demonstrating single creatures, triangular men and chasing scenes in which the creatures are bigger than the seekers. These carvings were pecked into the rock with stone apparatuses and are secured with a thick patina that demonstrates their age. 

    The ethnologist Karl Jettmar has sorted out the historical backdrop of the zone from engravings and recorded his discoveries in Rock Carvings and Engravings in the Northern Regions of Pakistan and the later-discharged In the middle of Gandhara and the Silk Streets — Rock Carvings Along the Karakoram Highway. A hefty portion of these carvings and engravings will be immersed and/or devastated when the arranged Basha-Diamir dam is constructed and the Karakoram Roadway is enlarge.


    The atmosphere of Gilgit–baltistan fluctuates from district to area, encompassing mountain extents makes sharp variations in climate. The eastern part has the damp zone of the western Himalayas, yet going to Karakoram and Hindu Kush, the atmosphere dries considerably. 

    There are towns like Gilgit and Chilas that are exceptionally hot amid the day in summer yet cool during the evening and valleys like Astore, Khaplu, Yasin, Hunza, and Nagar, where the temperatures are frosty even in summer.


    Polo is the most loved round of the populace of Gilgit, Skardu, Ghanche, Chilas, Astore, Hunza, Nagar, and the encompassing areas. Consistently, numerous voyagers visit to revel in polo in Gilgit–baltistan. "Polo" is a Persian word which signifies "ball." 

    Different amusements, for example, cricket, tuksori of Nagar, gulli danda, kabbadi, and volleyball are likewise played.


    At the last evaluation (1998), the number of inhabitants in Gilgit–baltistan was 870,347. More or less 14% of the populace was urban. The evaluated populace Gilgit–baltistan in 2013 is in excess of 2 million. The number of inhabitants in Gilgit–baltistan comprises of numerous different semantic, ethnic, and religious orders, due to some extent to the numerous detached valleys differentiated by a percentage of the world's most noteworthy mountains. The ethnic gatherings incorporate Shins, Yashkuns, Kashmiris, Kashgaris, Pathans, and Kohistanis. The number of inhabitants in Gilgit–baltistan is Muslim. The dominant part of populace is Sunni trailed by Shia Ismaili fiqh. countless from Gilgit–baltistan are inhabitant in different parts of Pakistan. They number around one million, of which no less than 400,000 are occupant in Karachi. The education rate of Gilgit–baltistan is approximately 72%.


    Urdu is the most widely used language of the district, saw by most inhabitants. The Shina dialect (with a few tongues, for example, Asturjaa, Kharuchaa, and Chilasi) is the larger part dialect of the populace, talked primarily in Gilgit, Astore, all through Diamir, and in a few parts of Ghizer, Hunza-Nagar and in the Baltistan area. The Balti lingo, a sub-tongue of Ladakhi and a piece of the Tibetan dialect gathering, is talked by the whole populace of Baltistan. Minor dialects talked in the locale incorporate Wakhi, talked in upper Hunza, and in a few towns in Ghizer, while Khowar is the central dialect of Ghizer. Burushaski is the second biggest dialect talked in Gilgit including Hunza, Nagar, Yasin (where Khowar is additionally talked), in a few parts of Gilgit, and in a few towns of Punial. An alternate fascinating dialect is Domaaki, talked by musical performer groups in the locale. A little minority of individuals additionally talk Pashto. 

    Gilgit–baltistan has not many speakers of Kashmiri. Notwithstanding, speakers of other Dardic dialects, for example, Shina and Khowar are available in the area.


    The number of inhabitants in Gilgit–baltistan are Muslims. Most of the individuals are Shia Muslims with a critical Sunni minority. The Ismailis and sunni deobandi and Sufia Nurbakhshia are likewise introduce in Gilgit–baltistan. The Gilgit Division has around 60% of Shia and 40% of Sunni and in the Baltistan Division, Shia make up 60% of the populace, with 20% Sunni and 20% Noorbakhshi.

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