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Unveiling the Strategic Importance of Gilgit-Baltistan: A Comprehensive Analysis


Assistant Professor of Defence Studies, Jyotiba Phule Govt. College Radaur Yamunanagar Haryana


Gilgit-Baltistan, nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, has emerged as a pivotal region with immense strategic significance in South Asia. Gilgit-Baltistan faces several security challenges, including insurgent activities where some groups seek more rights or autonomy. There are also tensions between different religious groups, mainly Sunni and Shia Muslims, leading to occasional conflicts. Additionally, the region deals with cross-border terrorism especially from neighboring conflict areas like Afghanistan and Kashmir (India). Ethnic and tribal rivalries, along with geopolitical tensions among regional powers, further complicate the security situation. Addressing these challenges requires better governance, law enforcement, community engagement, and cooperation among local, national, and international stakeholders. Promoting peace, dialogue, and socio-economic development are key to ensuring stability in Gilgit-Baltistan. This paper delves into the multifaceted dimensions of its strategic importance, encompassing geopolitical, economic, and security considerations.


Keywords: Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir, CPEC

Impact Statement


In this paper titled “Unveiling the Strategic Importance of Gilgit Baltistan: A Comprehensive Analysis” shows that how Pakistan took this place from India and now wants to give it to China. It is well known that Gilgit –Baltistan has a storehouse of natural resources which will be used in future. It can prove important for any country; hence India should conduct an operation to bring this region within its border.

About Author


Dr. Rinku is an Assistant Professor of Defence Studies in Jyotiba Phule Govt. College Radaur Yamuna Nagar Haryana. She has 15 years of teaching experience and more than 30 papers have been published in various books and magazines. She has participated in more than 40 conferences and seminars.

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