Gilgit, April 24: In a unique, unprecedented and bizarre, incident the Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, along with key members of his cabinet boycotted the 27th session of the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly.
The session had been requisitioned by the Speaker, Wazir Baig, on the request of 15 members of the assembly, including provincial ministers, parliamentary secretaries and members of the opposition.
There are reports that the CM wanted the session to be called in the mid of May.
The members of assembly who attended the session included Deputy Speaker Jameel Ahmed, Raziuddin Rizvi, Maulana Sarwar Shah, Mutabiat Shah, Ayub Shah, Mehnaz Wali, Abdul Hameed, Gul Mira and Mirza Hussain.
Others believe that various incidents during the last couple of months had turned many members of the assembly against the CM. For instance, the Speaker and CM had directly or indirectly exchanged harsh words over delays in the notification of the headquarters of Hunza-Nagar district. The Speaker had also termed the creation of Kharmang and Shigar district to be illegal, inviting the rage of legislators and political leaders from Baltistan. Some people were expecting a repeat of the tussle.
Similarly, MLA Raziuddin Rizvi, who is known for his hot temper, was also expected to challenge the CM in the assembly for not making him a minister.
Whatever be the reason, the boycott of the assembly session has exposed the fault-lines in the regional cabinet. The Speaker and members of the assembly, who were present in the session, termed the boycott to be tantamount to ridiculing the legislators and the house.
The Speaker said that action will be taken against the CM according to the laws of the assembly.