Saturday, January 2, 2010

NA body seeks opposition leader in Gilgit Baltistan Assembly

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas has asked the chief secretary to initiate necessary legislation for the provision of opposition leader in the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly.

To the dismay of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas, it was informed on that under the current rules, there was no provision of opposition leader in the house.

When inquired, Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Mohammad informed the committee, though the region would have its own governor, auditor general, chairman public service commission; seat of the opposition leader had not yet been mentioned in the Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self-Governance Order.

In a unanimous resolution, the committee asked the chief secretary to initiate necessary legislation for the provision of opposition leader in the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly.

The PPP has an overwhelming majority with 23 members in the 33-seat house.

The committee was also of the view that the yet-to-be-appointed governor of Gilgit-Baltistan should be native of the area. There are speculations that President Asif Zardari is going to appoint a non-local woman governor of Gilgit-Baltistan.

President Zardari during his speech on the second death anniversary of late Benazir Bhutto on December 27 had said Gilgit-Baltistan’s new governor would be a woman.

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