PPP-GB opposes new governor appointment
ISLAMABAD – PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday met PPP delegation of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) led by former chief minister Syed Mehdi Shah at Bilawal House, Islamabad. The delegation expressed serious reservations over the recent change made in the G-B Empowerment Order 2009, which allegedly paved way for appointment of Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs Barjees Tahir as Governor G-B.
They discussed in length the arbitrary appointment of a 12-member caretaker cabinet and the latest move paving the way for appointing Barjees Tahir as Governor G-B in gross violation of the region’s autonomy. Issues relating to the setting up of Economic Zones as part of the Economic Corridor in Gilgit Baltistan were also discussed during the meeting.
Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar discussed the matters related to the attempt of rigging in forthcoming elections in Gilgit Baltistan. The former president assured that the party keeping in view its past record and tradition will strive to enhance the region’s autonomy and not allow any attempt to undermine it.
He said that the party will take up the issues raised with the government to redress the grievances of the people. Issues relating to the forthcoming elections in Gilgit Baltistan also came under discussion. It was decided during the meeting to appoint a seven-member committee to oversee matters relating to elections, including award of party tickets and keep an eye on the fairness of electoral process.
Headed by former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf the committee includes Khursheed Shah, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Afzal Nadeem Chan and three members from GB whose names will be given by the former chief minister Syed Mehdi Shah. Applications from candidates will be invited soon after the announcement of election schedule in G-B, the Spokesperson said.
Former Speaker Wazir Baig, former deputy speaker Jamil Ahmad,Muhammad Jafar, Muhammad Ali Akhtar, Jafar Shah, Engineer Ismail, Sadia Danish, Amjad Advocate, Muhammad Musa, Jamil Ahmad, Professor Ghulam Hussain Salim, Mira Jan Mutabiq Shah and Ibadat Wazir were also present in the meeting . The Nation