Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) should be made a provisional constitutional province of Pakistan, with a joint Upper House between Azad Jammu and Kashmir and the region. This demand was made by Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) on Monday.
“The arrangement will help curb the constitutional ambiguity and lend people greater access to power and financial resources,” said Hafizur Rehman, the regional president of PML-N while addressing a press conference.
He read out main points of the “white sheet” issued against the regional government of PPP, highlighting the failures of the government in sectors including power, education, law and order and taxation during its three years in power.
He said that the Governance Order 2009, under which the status of the region was made equivalent to a province, was a presidential order that could be revoked anytime as it is not backed by a legal cover.
Rehman said that G-B should be given share in NFC award and the Council of Common Interests, which will ensure much higher budget to the G-B government.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 13th, 2012.
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