By Farooq Ahmed
GILGIT, June 4: The Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly Speaker Wazir Baig has asked the members to come up with legislation instead of moving resolutions.
Presiding over the third day’s proceedings of the house, the Speaker observed that most of the time of the house is wasted by debate on resolutions.
Minister for Law Wazir Shakil Ahmed said that the house was only doing business of resolution and nothing else. Debating ambiguous resolutions is tantamount to wastage of time and suggested that resolutions should be turned into a question on which he must seek explanation on the subject.
Earlier, Mutabiat Shah moved a resolution seeking strict action against those elements who, according to him, spoke against Pakistan.
Initiating debate on the resolution independent member Didar Ali asked the authorities to take stern action against such elements. Ruling party member from Astor Abdul Hamid told the house that people of Gilgit-Baltistan were more patriot than the people of other provinces.
He said an unprecedented package was given to Hunza but people were still unhappy. He demanded steps against anti-state elements.
Chief Minister Mehdi Shah said that those who spoke against the state would be taken to task but owing to the current situation, the government restrains from arresting them.
However, he informed the house that FIR has been lodged against those who spoke against the ideology of the country.
The house also disposed of two resolutions regarding construction of Cadet College in Chilas, headquarter of Diamer District and promotion of Social Welfare Department in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Janbaz Khan tabled the resolution and demanded immediate construction of the cadet college which was being delayed unnecessarily. He described it of paramount importance that could ensure delivery of quality education in the most backward district. Didar Ali also supported him.
The Speaker observed that there was no doubt that it was a public interest project and meant for the entire country not for only Chilas city. He directed the chief minister to make efforts for provision of funds for the institution. [DAWN]
Editor’s note: The original headline has been changed.