ISLAMABAD To set aside the Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self-Governance Order, 2009, a petition was filed on Monday in the Supreme Court under the Article 184(3) of the Constitution. Shaukat Aziz Siddique, the counsel for the petitioner Mir Tariq Mehmood, besides raising several questions and objections over the above order, held in the petition that the area of Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Area) was part of the disputed territory like AJK and Indian Occupied Kashmir. Declaration of Gilgit-Baltistan as a province of Pakistan would exclude this area of 100 percent Muslim population from the disputed territory and the population of this area shall be deprived of taking part in the plebiscite to be held under the resolution No. 13/1948 passed by the United Nations, Siddique argued. He further said that any area that did not come within the meaning of territory as envisaged under Article 1 (2) (d) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan could not be declared and administered as territory of Pakistan. He prayed that the Order, 2009 and all the steps taken in pursuance of the same including appointment of Dr. Shama Khalid, Governor Gilgit Baltistan, Syed Mehdi Shah, CM Gilgit Baltistan, Justice (R) M Nawaz Abbasi, Chief Justice, were illegal, unlawful, unprecedented, against all norms of justice, mandate of the constitution, dictums of the superior courts of the country, international law resolution of United Nation, political, moral and consistent stand of Pakistani nation and residents of the area, void ab initio, ineffective upon the rights of the petitioner and other residents, bad law which was liable to be set-aside. Giving brief facts about the area, the senior advocate of the Supreme Court Shoukat Aziz Siddique said that it was an admitted fact from the historical perspective that the northern areas then termed as Gilgit Baltistan were neither part of India nor any other country at the time of independence of Pakistan from the British rule. In the year 1947, the status of this area, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and Indian Kashmir was to be determined in accordance with the aspirations of the local population. It was move of the Indian PM Jawahar Lal Nehru himself to present the matter before United Nations and it was resolved through the resolution No. 13/1948 by the United Nations that a plebiscite would be held in those areas under the auspices of United Nations through which population of those areas was to decide about their future, therefore, any step taken in violation of that longstanding and historical stance was detrimental to the Kashmir cause, the petition recalled. It is relevant to mention here that Gilgit and Baltistan, known as Northern Areas, presently consist of 7 districts, a population reaching the figure of almost 1.5 million, an area of approximately 28000 sq. miles and shares borders with Pakistan, China, Afghanistan and India. The Government of Pakistan had taken its administrative control of the area as back as 1949.