Land Tenure and Title System in Gilgit-Baltistan

Muhammad Ajmal Bhatti, Zahir Ali

Abstract


Gilgit-Baltistan is an administrative unit of the Pakistan and commonly known as ‘Flashpoint of Asia’. It is the hub, the crow’s nest and the fulcrum of the Asia and the ‘Roof of the World’. This paper discusses the land tenure and title system in Gilgit-Baltistan. Some of the area is settled and has been brought under formal systems of land administration, similar to that of Pakistan, where records-of-rights are available. Major area still remains unsettled. Owing to absence of accurate and reliable system of land records, registration and taxation, development of this region has been eclipsed by enormous proportions. While tracking history of land management, analysis of different laws/rules and assessing capacity of human resource employed in this sector, this paper suggests policy, regulatory and institutional recommendations towards developing a regime of secure tenures and titles in this region.

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