- Gilgit Wizarat – Gilgit proper with its immediate surrounding district is known as the Gilgit Sub-division, and up till 1935 the Sub-division was administered by Kashmir. The Gilgit Sub-division should not be confused with the Gilgit Agency. The former is about one tenth the area of the latter. In 1935 the British Government appreciated the necessity for the Sub-division being included in the Agency and coming under the direct control of the Political Agent owing to the increasing infiltration into Chinese Sinkiang of Russians. The Sub-division was therefore leased from the Maharaja of Kashmir for a period of sixty years and the entire area was taken under the absolute control of the Political Agent.
- Chilas & Republics of Darel and Tangir – Administered by the Assistant Political Agent in Chilas with a native “Raja Ardal”.
- Political Districts of Punial, Gupis/Koh-e-Ghezir, Yasin and Ishkoman – Each headed by an appointed native Governor with restricted autonomy and under considerable control of the Political Agent.
- Mirs of Hunza and Nager – Hereditary and almost independent with only limitation of conducting foreign affairs in which consultation with the Political Agent in Gilgit was a requirement.
After the events starting on the evening of 31st October and 01st November both the Mirs and the Governors of the Political Districts excecised their option to accede to Pakistan [obviously in consonance with the wishes of the populations] their territories and communicated the same either in writing or verbally to Major William Brown, Commandant GILGIT SCOUTS and obvious authority in Gilgit at that time, who in turn communicated it through wireless messages to Khan Abdul Qayyum Khan, the Prime Minister [CM] NWFP Peshawar as well as Col Bacon PA Khyber [the last British Political Agent in Gilgit] with an additional request to post a Pakistan Government Political Agent expeditiously.
“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose.”– Lyndon B. Johnson
The coming governments in Pakistan need to resolve this limbo and satisfy the younger generations whose emotions are being exploited by the ill-wishers of this country by harping on the slogan of “Constitutional Status”.
NOTE-1: The delegates from Hunza for parleys in Karachi were:
· Mir Muhammad Jamal Khan HI [Hon Maj Gen]
· Wazir Inayatullah Beg
· Trangfa Inayat Ali
· Haji Qudratullah Beg [Nazim-e- Umur]
NOTE-2: In order to grasp the relation of the “for information” [col R.N. BACON/H.R.H AGA KHAN] addressies in this instrument of accession, as well as the approach to government of Pakistan through CM [ Khan Abdul Qayum Khan] NWFP the readers need to know the background in following account:
· I immediately realised that Colonel Bacon had kept his promise and that I am going back to Gilgit.
· The news was then announced in the Bazaar by beat of drum, and orders were issued that a royal welcome should be accorded to the Representative of the Dominion of Pakistan who was arriving on the morrow. I meanwhile had telephoned the news to the Mirs and Rajas. They were overjoyed to hear it, and promised they would make all haste to Gilgit.[he arrived on 16th November]