(From Al Jazeera)
The Pakistani government appears to be cracking down on dissent in Gilgit-Baltistan, a mountainous region of vital importance to Pakistan’s alliance with China.
Since last October, more than 50 activists have been charged with sedition for calling for greater self-rule in the region, which is controlled by Pakistan but claimed by India.
Gilgit-Baltistan, which borders China, Afghanistan, and Kashmir, has not been granted full constitutional status by Islamabad – meaning that it is not an official province, and that its residents cannot vote in national elections.
Chinese President Xi Jinping was given a red-carpet welcome when he visited Pakistan this April.
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