Members of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) on Thursday called for creation of more districts, filling of vacant seats of judges in the apex court.
The house unanimously adopted a resolution seeking creation of more districts in Gilgit-Baltistan to facilitate people and empower them.
Hunza and Nagar should be made separate districts as both were independent states till 1972 when they were abolished and made administrative part of Gilgit, said the resolution.
“Similarly, Darel and Tangir should be carved out from Diamer District and made two districts. Ghizer valley should also be bifurcated into two districts,” said another resolution presented by Mutabiat Shah, a ruling Pakistan People’s Party member from Hunza-Gojal.
Online seat reservation
The members also vehemently demanded of the federal government to provide seat reservation facility to the regional offices of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in Gilgit and Skardu.
They maintained that the residents of G-B, especially patients, women and students face difficulties due to frequent cancellation of flights.
“This is a serious issue and we have been taking it up for the last one year but to no avail,” Shireen Fatima, a legislator said. She asked the speaker to form a committee for holding talks with the PIA management for the settlement of the issue.
She demanded cancellation of the existing online seat reservation system and asked PIA to authorize regional offices for confirmation of flight tickets.
She said the residents of G-B, who get stuck in Islamabad, Gilgit and Skardu for weeks, have to bear unnecessary expenses, as PIA reroutes its planes on other relatively lucrative routes.
Didar Ali, an independent member endorsed her views and demanded regular flights to Gilgit and Skardu.
Speaker Wazir Baig said that the chief minister will be given a chance to resolve the issue and if he fails, a committee will be formed to hold negotiations with the PIA management.
Supreme Appellate Court vacant posts
A JUI-F member, Rehmat Khaliq, said that the vacant posts of two judges of the Supreme Appellate Court should be filled on permanent basis.
The speaker informed the house that the governor had moved a summary to the federal government and hoped that the judges would soon be inducted.
Ayub Shah, a legislator from Ghizer valley said that the NBP has made payments of over Rs3 billion to individuals but said the money has not reached small contractors and government employees, who are wandering from pillar to post for the outstanding dues. “We should be told as who were the beneficiaries of those over Rs3 billion,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 13th, 2012.
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