Fri. Oct 30th, 2020

PM Gilani chairs meeting of committee on Northern Areas

ISLAMABAD, Aug 27 (APP): A meeting of the Committee on Northern Areas Governance Order was held here at the PM House on Thursday with Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani in chair.The meeting was attended by Minister for Information and Broadcasting and KANA, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Minister for Labour and Manpower, Syed Khursheed Ahmad Shah, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Babar Awan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan, Minister of State for Law and Justice, Mohammad Afzal Sindhu, Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar and Secretaries Interior and KANA.

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Points to ponder

  • None of the people attending this high level meeting belongs to the “Northern Areas”
  • The meeting, reportedly, “decided an autonomy plan for Gilgit – Baltistan”  

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NAs to get CM, governor in new set-up

ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Thursday decided to introduce a new political set up in the Northern Areas, which will be headed by a governor and a chief minister as chief executive of the region.

“The government has decided to introduce a new system of governance with more administrative and financial autonomy compared to the incumbent Legislative Council,” sources privy to the development told Daily Times. The proposal was finalised in a meeting at the Prime Minister’s House chaired by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. “The proposal will be brought before the cabinet for approval in a special meeting on Saturday,” the sources said. They said that under the proposed set up, the NAs council would be empowered to legislate and prepare its own budget on the pattern of the provincial governments. “The elections for the new council will be held this year. This NAs system will be strengthened and they will be given more autonomy in decision-making,” the sources said.

They said the NAs council would elect its chief minister like the provincial assemblies do and then a cabinet would be formed. “A governor would also be appointed by the Centre,” they said, adding that the decision had been taken to give constitutional, political and financial autonomy to the people of the Northern Areas. zulfiqar ghuman [Courtesy] Daily TIMES

6 thoughts on “PM Gilani chairs meeting of committee on Northern Areas

  1. What kind of set up is given to us
    Hand’s which were tied up at the back, are now brought at the front but still chained.
    Kashmir with a separate system of Azad Kashmir with a Prime minister and a President. They have been given power to act on their own. It due to this Kashmir that The North have not been included in the constitution of Pakistan not a single word, not even under the Army monarch, or Democratic parties,
    Now to make thing more complicated, they have the PPP democrats have introduced a Provincial like system, but it will still fall under the same KANA, system. Meaning the area will have uncrown king from any part from the south. Same system but with a little flip.
    Now with this measure, the Government will be able to impose Tax form the people of the area, without giving any power, because it still falls under the KANA division.
    They will not be allowed to talk on any point about the country , we do not have the power and values or nuts to do that. You can see the POWER.
    So what is this, still not a part of the constitution, never part of the country but have to pay the TAX for not being part of the Nation.
    Welcome to a new era , the Only area of the world, who pays tax for not being member of the state.
    What is This? Pay tax without rights, to be recognized HUMANs

  2. Non of them have a pen or paper in their hand,it seems a simple gapshap.
    federal government of now has totally forgot us ,bravo Musharraf only leader who really cared gilgit.gave university all these Multani Halwa Makers and Ziddi Gujars willl never care about us.we need a Musharraf again to lead Pakistan and lead Gilgit

  3. I am disappointed that some people don’t want to accept this watershed moment for what it is. An attempt to enable the people of Gilgit Baltistan to take an active role in the affairs of state. It is a step in the right direction. Making uncharitable comments about Pakistanis from Multan or any other city is pointless. We have to empower ourselves to be greater stake holders in the collective ship which is Pakistan. People from the Nothern Areas are known as amongst the patriotic of Pakistanis and many people from the Northern Areas have gladly given their lives for Pakistan.Ultimately, Pakistan’s salvation is in becoming the progressive modern democratic state envisoned by its founders. Whether we agree or disagree witht the current elected government is immaterial. We must start the march to stable governance after two or three cycles of imperfect democracy. The last few months have shown us that an imperfect demcoracy is better than any dictatorship. Despite my own reservations about Zardari, no one can dispute that militancy has abated, terrorists are on the run, some semblance of normalcy has returned to Malakand Division and NWFP, cities are more secure and our macroeconomic indices have improved. The Moddy’s economic rating reflects Pakistan’s improved economic numbers. We have a number of challenges and these too are being addressed including the energy crisis. Let’s accept a good thing for what it is!

  4. why they appoint governer from out side of Gilgit Baltistant the same faces with differnt names. Still the powers are in the hand out side people.

  5. Hello Everyone, I am village near Punial but living in Islamabad. The people of the northern areas are the most patriotic Pakistani’s I have ever met. They bravely fought off the indians and joined Pakistan. I think they should eventually be given their own province and have full representation within Pakistan federal government in due time. They should not be held hostage to the Kashmir dispute and unlike the Kashmiri’s, were able to gain their freedom and dream of becoming Pakistani. While I think, that these changes(provincial status) need to be made in an organized and step wise manner, the area needs more development and infrastructure. Also, better roads are needed, it takes almost 10 hours to get to my village from the KKH. Education is a must too. Insha-Allah Kashmir will become part of Pakistan soon too, only thing is, the people of Gilgit and Baltistan should get full benefit now and not have to wait for Kashmir status. Overall, I strongly believe that this move by Prime Minister Gilani is a step in the right direction and I welcome it. Pakistan Zindabad 🙂

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