[News] President asks govt to build Gilgit-Baltistan House in Islamabad
March 23, 2010 1 Comment
ISLAMABAD, Mar 22 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari has asked the federal government for building Gilgit-Baltistan House in Islamabad like Balochistan, Sindh, Pakhtoonkhwa and Punjab Houses in the federal capital.This he said during a meeting with a delegation comprising members of Gilgit-Baltistan legislative assembly headed by Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Monday.Those who attended the meeting included Wazir Baig, Speaker, Jamil Ahmed, Deputy Speaker, MLAs M. Ali Akhter, Aftab Haider, Mutabiq Shah, Pir Karam Ali Shah. Dr. Ali Madad Sher, Ayub Shah, M. Naseer Khan, Wazir Shahkeel Ahmed, Shaikh Nisar Hussain, Agha Muhammad Ali Shah, Wazeer Hussain, M. Jaffar, Eng. M. Ismail, Ms. Sadia Danish, Ms. Yasmeen Nazar, Ms. Gul Mera Begum, Ms. Shirin Fatima and Council members Prof. Ghulam M Saleem, Amjad Hussain Advocate and Wazir Ibadat Ali. Qamar Zaman Kaira, Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, Minister for KANA, Chaudhary Manzoor Ahmed, Ms. Rukhsana Bangash, Ms. Farahnaz Ispahani and Spokesperson to the President former Senator Farhatullah Babar were also present in the meeting. The members of Gilgit-Baltistan raised various issues that included starting work on the stalled development projects suspended due to non-provision of funds, extending the People’s Works Programme to Gilgit-Baltistan, creation of tax-free zone, a separate university for women, measures to address financial difficulties faced by newly set up Karakorum University, extending the operation of Women’s Bank to Gilgit-Baltistan and starting a smaller plane service on Gilgit-Skardu and Islamabad sector. The President said the issues raised by the members would be forwarded to the government for their consideration and early redressal. The President appreciated the struggle of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan for democracy and said Pakistan People’s Party has always upheld the rights of people of Gilgit-Baltistan, be it through Northern Areas Council Legal Framework Order 1974-75, Northern Areas Legal Framework Order 1994 or Gilgit- Baltistan Empowerment and Self Governance Order 2009. He said the latest reform package was intended to take the Northern Areas further towards greater autonomy and delegate authority to its members to make their laws, empower the Council and the Assembly on financial matters besides empowerment in other areas such as establishment of Gilgit-Baltistan Public Service Commission, appointment of a separate Auditor General and Chief Election Commissioner. The members thanked the President for meeting and appreciated the efforts of Pakistan People’s Party for the welfare of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan.