AZAD JAMMU AND KASHMIR AND GILGITBALTISTAN: HISTORICAL, CONSTITUTIONAL & ADMINISTRATIVE DEVELOPMENT
Keywords:Constitutional Voids, Ad Hoc Administrative Set Up, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Unresolved Kashmir Dispute
Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) are two parts of the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir affiliated with Pakistan. These areas have a unique character as they are neither independent in their administrative affairs nor are they a part of Pakistan for administrative purposes like the other four provinces. Since the question of final status of Jammu and Kashmir remained unresolved, the constitutional development of both AJK and GB has been slow. This study explores the rationale behind peculiar and ad hoc administrative structures of these two regions and their relationship with Pakistan. It examines issues in their administrative and constitutional evolution, the legal and constitutional voids in the systems of these territories and suggests some corrective measures as a way forward. The study relies mainly on data of official archives and structured interviews of policy makers and relevant stakeholders.
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