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Govt set to convert Gilgit-Baltistan into a fifth province of Pakistan

According to sources, Inter-Provincial Coordination Minister Riaz Hussain Pirzada has told the local media that a committee headed by Advisor of Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz had proposed giving the status of a province to Gilgit-Baltistan.

However, the government has approved the suggestion.

“The committee recommended that Gilgit-Baltistan should be made a province of Pakistan,” Pirzada said on Wednesday.

Pirzada added that a bill to amend the Constitution of Pakistan in this regard will be presented in the National Assembly following the suggestion.

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

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will also utilise his special powers to grant GB the status of a province, he further added.

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