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.
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”
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