[News] MQM Demands Provincial Status for Gilgit-Baltistan
November 7, 2009 Leave a comment
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has sought full-fledged provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan and representation in the Parliament.
He says that their party considers the people of the region citizens of Pakistan and they should be given all fundamental rights as are enjoyed by other provinces.
‘MQM will fight the case of Gilgit-Baltistan as the people have rendered great sacrifices for Pakistan,’ Mr Hussain said in his telephonic address to an election rally at the Yaadgar Chowk here on Thursday.
The MQM leader asked his party legislators to raise voice for the rights of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan in the Parliament.
Mr Hussain assured the gathering that his party would give representation to the residents of Gilgit-Baltistan living in Karachi in the city’s local government. He said that students from the region would also be given admission to the educational institutions in Sindh. He announced that the services of Khidmat-i-Khalq Foundation would be extended to Gilgit-Baltistan.
The MQM leader urged the government to give additional seat to Hunza in the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly and remove concerns of the people of Diamer over the Diamer-Bhasha Dam.
MQM deputy parliamentary leader in the National Assembly, Haider Abbas Rizvi, also spoke on the occasion. He demanded equal status and package for the judges of the region, equal to that of AJK judges.
The rally was also addressed by MQM candidates, Raja Azam Khan, Raja Zikria Khan, Ghulam Rasool, Wazir Kaleem and Nisar Khan. People chanted slogans in favour of the MQM. Reported by Dawn.