Karachi, August 29: “We had been struggling to highlight the issues of Gilgit – Baltistan at different levels and this [package] seems to be a positive step forward. The complete details of the ordinance are not known, yet, but we are hoping that most of the demands of the people of Gilgit – Baltistan would be met”, said Ghazanfar Ali Khan, chief executive of Gilgit – Baltistan, talking to this scribe on phone. He congratulated all the people of Gilgit – Baltistan on their peaceful struggle for obtaining political rights, in a democratic manner.
He also admitted that due to increased awareness level of the masses of Gilgit – Baltistan, expectations have soared and there would be many questions raised about different points related to the ordinance.
Replying to a question Ghazanfar said that it is important to ensue that all member of the GB Council are residents of Gilgit – Baltistan. However, he said that the governor is the authority to appoint seven out of the fifteen members of Gilgit – Baltistan Council, while other six members of the council will be selected from the Gilgit – Baltistan Legislative Assembly.
No decision has been taken yet about the increment of number of seats for Hunza, Ghazanfar said, replying to a question. But he said that the efforts were on and a final decision in this regard can be expected any time soon.