Gilgit-Baltistan Independence Day is celebrated every year on 1st November as independence from Dogra Raj in 1947. Every 1st of November is a holiday in Gilgit-Baltistan for celebrating Independence Day, where the governor, prime minister, commander of the northern areas, and civilians participate in a flag-raising ceremony and military officers and soldiers from Gilgit-Baltistan. In 2020, during the Gilgit-Baltistan Independence Day celebrations in Gilgit, former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan announced the status of Gilgit-Baltistan Province.
In a military coup on this date in 1947, Brigadier Ghansara Singh, the governor appointed by Maharaja Hari Singh of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in Gilgit, was detained by the Gilgit Scouts under Major William Brown, ensuring Gilgit's freedom. The Republic of Gilgit, with Raja Shah Rais Khan serving as president and Captain Mirza Hassan Khan as military chief, was the name of the newly established independent state. Accordingly, the parliamentarians of the state of Hunza and Nagar signed the official documents of accession with the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. With his signature, he also confirmed the feelings and wishes of the community. Fifteen days later, the people of Gilgit announced their accession to Pakistan on the basis of Islamic relations.
The 74th Gilgit-Baltistan Independence Day is celebrated with traditional fervor and enthusiasm on November 1st. Social, political, and literary circles organize various events to commemorate this historical event in a meaningful way. The main Independence Day celebrations will be held at the Chinar Garden. The chief host will raise the national flag, lay wreaths on the graves of the martyrs, and offer the Fatiha Yadgar-e-Shahuda. Gilgit-Baltistan Independence Day is celebrated on November 1 every year because Gilgit Scouts liberated their homeland from Dogra Raj in 1947 and captured Dogra governor Ghansara Singh. A colorful function will also be held at the Jutial Gilgit Helipad to celebrate Independence Day. Meanwhile, the Minister for Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir, Ali Amin Khan Gandapur, said in his Gilgit-Baltistan Independence Day message that after massive sacrifices, the people of the region gained independence from Dogra Raj. Amin Khan Gandapur said progress had been made in granting Gilgit Baltistan temporary provincial status, saying it would meet the long-term demand of the residents. The Prime Minister of Gilgit Baltistan, in his message on the occasion, said that we should not forget our martyrs who made unprecedented sacrifices to free the region from a regime of brutality and cruelty.
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