Islamabad, September 2: A delegation of members of Legislative Assembly of Gilgit-Baltistan led by its Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah called on President Asif Ali Zardari at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Monday.
The delegation besides Chief Minster GB included Wazir Baig, Muhammad Jaffar, Musa, Muhammad Ali Akhtar, Ali Maddad Shah, Engr. Ismail, Nasir Khan, Sheikh Nisar and Aftab Hayder.
Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that Chief Minister GB Syed Mehdi Shah thanked the President for his keen interest in the development of Gilgit-Baltistan and granting self rule to he people of Gilgit-Baltistan through promulgation of Gilgit-Baltistan (Empowerment and self governance) order.
He also lauded the previous democratic government for various gigantic steps particularly the 18th Constitutional Amendment, provincial autonomy, Balochistan package, giving identity to the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Chief Minister said that with the administrative and financial empowerment of Gilgit-Baltistan, a new era of progress and prosperity has begun in the region, adding that people of the area greatly value the steps taken by the previous regime for the uplift and welfare of Gilgit-Baltistan.
The Chief Minister while appreciating the various achievements of the previous democratic government on varied fronts congratulated the President on successful completion of Presidential tenure and overseeing a smooth transition of power from one democratic government to another.
The President said that the policy of reconciliation would continue with the purpose to strength democracy and democratic institutions in the country.
He said that although the party had serious reservations about the fairness of the polls, yet it accepted the results in the interest of political stability, democracy and welfare of the people and also to continue with the reconciliation policy the government followed during its tenure.
The President said that the Party would continue to play a positive and robust role within and outside parliament to strengthen democracy and democratic institutions. APP