PPP plans protest against proposed reforms in Gilgit-Baltistan

GILGIT: The Pakistan Peoples Party local leadership on Saturday announced to take to the streets if the recommendations of the federal parliamentary committee for political reforms in Gilgit-Baltistan were implemented in the region.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, PPP GB president Amjad Hussain Advocate said that the parliamentary committee headed by Sartaj Aziz had forwarded recommendations to the federal for approval for settling constitutional status of the region.

He was flanked by PPP senior vice-president Jamil Ahmed, secretary general Mohammad Ismail and secretary information Sadia Danish.

The PPP leader said: “Through the so-called reforms recommendations, an attempt is being made to shift the administrative and political powers from GB to Islamabad, and roll back the GB Empowerment and Self Governance Order, 2009.”

He said the recommendations did not suggest GB people’s representation in Parliament of Pakistan and other federal institutions, adding that federal taxes were being imposed on GB people.

“We will not accept a dummy political system for GB, and a protest call will be given if the recommendations are implemented against the wishes of GB people,” he announced.

The GB Council is being abolished on the wish of AJK prime minister, Mr Hussain alleged, insisting that GB Chief Minister Hafeezur Rehaman was political agent of Kashmiri lobby in the region, always opposing empowerment of GB people.

On the occasion, PPP senior vice president Jamil Ahmed said if PML-N government was sincere with GB people then why it was not giving constitutional rights to the people.

He said the chief minister wished federal ministry of Kashmir affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan dominated the GB affairs.

“The proposed recommendations are against the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly resolutions for settlement of GB status,” Mr Ahmed said

PPP secretary information Sadia Danish said GB people had been struggling for representation in the Parliament of Pakistan and extension of the jurisdiction of Supreme Court to the region.

She asked if PML-N wanted to bring reforms in the region then it should declare GB as constitutional part of Pakistan.

Published in Dawn, April 22nd, 2018

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