ISLAMABAD: Governor Gilgit-Baltistan Dr Shama Khalid passed away in Islamabad on Wednesday, she reportedly suffered from cancer.
She was suffering from cancer and was admitted in a hospital in Islamabad for the past few days, where she passed away this evening.
Shama Khalid was appointed Governor on March 22, 2010. The position of ‘Governor Gilgit-Baltistan’ was last held by Ghandara Singh before partition.
Dr Shama Khalid’s appointment as Governor Gilgit-Baltistan had motivated people in the region, especially women, to pursue education and hope for a better future.
President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Syed Mehdi Shah, Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira and other leading political figures expressed their grief over the demise of Dr Shama Khalid.
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: September 15, 2010
Due to an error, an earlier version of this article misstated that Dr Shama Khalid was the first female governor of Pakistan.
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