Gilgit, 22 April: The Chief Excecutive of Northern Areas Legislative Assembly, Mr Ghazanfar Ali Kkhan blamed the Musharraf administration for cheating the people of Gilgit-Batlitstan with cosmetic measures in the name of constitutional package, like renaming of the NALC to NALA.
He said that only the heirarchies and names had been changed in the house and no real power was given to the elected representatives of the two million inhabitants of the region. He further said that senior bureaucrats from other parts of the country were not aware of, or interested in, solving the issues faced people of the region. He deplored the ‘importing’ of ACs and DCs from other provinces of the country who, he said, were in no way better than local officers. He said that the issues of this region can be decreased by declaring it the fifth province of Pakistan and giving it an empowered constitutional status. [Translation of excerpts from Daily K2]