Ex-officio basis: Barjees Tahir appointed Gilgit-Baltistan governor

Published: February 15, 2015
Minister for Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Barjees Tahir. PHOTO: FILE

Minister for Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Barjees Tahir. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Barjees Tahir was appointed GB Governor on Sunday.

It’s not the first time that a non-local or a federal minister has been made governor of G-B. Earlier Qamer Zaman Kaira was appointed the first governor of G-B in 2009 after the post was created under the G-B Governance and Self-Rule Order. At the time, Kaira was also federal minister for G-B and Kashmir Affairs.

“On a summary initiated by the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, the president has approved on the prime minister’s advice to appoint Ch Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan as Governor Gilgit-Baltistan, on ex-officio basis and signed the Commission of Appointment in his favour,” said a notification issued by the Presidency.

Sources said the prime minister opted for a non-local governor in G-B in an attempt to rescue the PML-N from disintegration as most senior leaders of the party were vying for the ceremonial but lucrative office. “The party cannot afford any disturbance within its ranks at this crucial time when the G-B assembly elections are due in May,” said the source.

Another source said the decision was taken upon the recommendation of an influential leader of PML-N in G-B, who wants to be elevated as governor in case he loses the assembly elections, where he has set eyes on the slot of the chief minister. “It will be difficult to remove a local governor and therefore Barjees Tahir has been given the office temporarily,” the source said.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 15th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • ModiFied
    Feb 15, 2015 - 5:52AM

    Guy looks like a twin brother of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee when he was younger. Recommend

  • Ali
    Feb 15, 2015 - 7:17AM

    shameless decesion by PML N. they shows that they do not have any intrest in GB. they are appointing bagis tahir as Waye Saraye Hind. we are demanding our rights equal with the other citizens of Pakistan. we also demanding for accept us as a pakistani and peoples of GB having reservation on such type of nonsence decesion which will creat the hate amongs peoples of GB and PML N. we will never accept such type of decession. whey they are hesitate to appoint local Governer from any part of GB.Recommend

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