By Farooq Ahmed
GILGIT, Nov 3: A leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has claimed that they would get landslide victory in the upcoming general elections in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Talking to the media here on Tuesday, Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed said that creation of 5,000 vacancies in the police department, doubling quota in academic institutions, enhancement of salaries, establishment of a medical college, initiation of mega projects and other uplift measures of the PPP-led government “would give the party a clean sweep in the elections of the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly” due on Nov 12.
He said the PPP would emerge as the single largest party in general elections as senior leaders are heading towards this area to take part in campaign.
The PPP leader said that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan were given identity and resolved a longstanding problem with the announcement of the self-rule presidential order this year. He said that the federal government consulted all stakeholders before announcing the order.
Mr Ahmed dismissed allegations of pre-poll rigging and claimed that the PPP had become victim of pre-poll rigging and complaints were being sent to the Gilgit-Baltistan Election Commission.
He said that forms of Benazir income support programme were distributed judiciously in a transparent manner. About 50,000 forms were given to the deserving people, he added.
Meanwhile, a delegation of the PPP women wing Gilgit-Baltistan called on Mr Ahmed, and apprised him of party affairs and poll preparations.
He asked them to ensure that party workers reach every woman in the region and convince them to vote for the PPP.
PRESS CODE: The owners and editors of different newspapers being published from Gilgit-Baltistan in a meeting with an official of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting agreed to devise a voluntarily code of conduct to avoid giving coverage to hate speeches on Tuesday.
The meeting took place in Gilgit, capital city of Gilgit-Baltistan.
Amjad Bhatti, research and policy coordinator, represented the ministry of information.
It was agreed to behave responsibly to promote political norms in the society instead of promoting anti-reactor elements.
Mr Bhatti highlighted importance of media and urged to discourage those who wanted to derail the ongoing democratic process. Source DAWN