The 72nd independence day of Gilgit will be celebrated in Gilgit-Baltistan with traditional zeal and fervor today. On November 1, 1947, the people of Gilgit-Baltistan had revolted against Dogra Raj and liberated 72,000 square kilometres of geo-strategically located land.
Political, Social and literary circles have finalized programs to celebrated the day in a befitting manner. A ceremony in this regard will be held at Helipad ground in Gilgit at 9 am. Besides, a grand function will also be held in Aga Khan Shahi polo ground in Gilgit after today Friday prayer.
Gilgit-Baltistan formerly known as the Northern Areas, is the northernmost territory administered by Pakistan. It is part of the larger Kashmir region, which is the subject of a territorial dispute between India, Pakistan, and China. It borders Azad Kashmir to the south, the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the west, the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan to the north, the Xinjiang region of China, to the east and northeast, and the Indian-administered union territories Jammu and Kashmir (union territory) and Ladakh to the southeast.
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