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Pak may declare Gilgit-Baltistan as fifth province: Pirzada

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

today said it is planning to declare the disputed Gilgit-Baltistan region as the fifth province of the country, a move that may raise concerns in as it borders Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Paksitan's minister for inter-provincial coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada told Geo TV that the decision was on recommendation of a committee headed by Advisor of Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.

"The committee recommended that Gilgit-Baltistan should be made a province of Pakistan," Pirzada said.

He also said that a constitutional amendment would be made to change the status of the region, through which the USD 46 billion China-Economic Corridor (CPEC) passes.

Gilgit-Baltistan is treated as a separate geographical entity by It has a regional assembly and an elected Chief Minister.

Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and are four provinces of Pakistan.

The move may raise concerns in as the disputed region borders Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

It is believed that China's concerns about the unsettled status of Gilgit-Baltistan prompted Pakistan to change its status.

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First Published: Wed, March 15 2017. 00:02 IST