Demise: Gilgit-Baltistan lawmaker passes away in Islamabad
Mufti Abdullah, a senior lawmaker of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), passed away late Friday night in Islamabad. 82-year-old Abdullah was a resident of Khaplu, Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) and had been elected a member of the G-B legislative assembly in the 2009 elections. He was also a recognised religious scholar and had written several books. Following Abdullah’s demise, PML-N’s strength in the G-B assembly has been reduced to only one member.
However, the party gained another member on Saturday when Agha Ahmad Shah of the Pakistan Peoples Party joined the PML-N. The announcement was made during a public rally held in Skardu. The rally was addressed by PML-N G-B chief Hafizur Rahman while central leader Siddiqul Farooq also spoke to the gathering from Islamabad via telephone.
PML(N) threatens to bowl over Gilgit Baltistan government
Gilgit Baltistan government and Pakistan Muslim Leaague-Nawaz (PML-N) have locked horns on the issue of holding new election in the region before completion of tenure of provincial assembly. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz(PML-N) hinted that Gilgit Baltistan government could be dismissed because all the departments and institutions in the region had become a hub of corruption and people wanted change. In his telephonic speech during a public meeting in Skardu a central leader of PML(N) Siddique Al Farooq said that people of Gilgit Baltistan were waiting for change very anxiously therefore the upcoming federal government could rap up the provincial government to full fill the people’s desire.
He said that the federal government would not allow anybody to loot and plunder the exchequer and all the corrupt elements would be brought to justice. The provincial chief organizer of PML(N) Hafeez ur Rehman and Ex Deputy Chief Executive Fida Nashad said that the time of regional government was over and now all those who used government resources for personal needs would face the law. “The people who were hand to mouth now have become millionaire and all those people now will have to the consequences of their misdeeds” they said. Provincial Minister for Local Government Engineer Ismail said that the government was not afraid of any threat of Pakistan Muslim Leaague-Nawaz(PML-N) and provincial government would complete its five years tenure.
Talking to media he said that the demand of dissolving the provincial assembly and holding new election before completion of the term of present government was undemocratic. “PML-N will have to wait till 2014 for holding new election and people who are thinking about election before next year are living in a world of dream” he said.
When asked about the warnings of PML-N leaders to government officers, he said that PML-N leaders and workers were spreading harassment among the government officers after their party’s victory in the general of Pakistan. The people of Gilgit Baltistan have no say, critics opine, in forming and supporting their own government. Whichever party wins in the center, forces persons of their choice in this politically and constitutionally deprived region. President Musharaf had his people in GBLA, Zardari inducted his own. PML(N) already has started harassing and attacking offices in this region.