ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has shown concern over the caretaker setup in Gilgit-Balitistan (GB), saying it is tantamount to making the forthcoming elections in the region controversial.
The party voiced its concern in a letter written by Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday. In the letter Shah said that PPP felt proud that Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly completed its five years tenure on December 10, 2014 and caretaker chief minister took oath and three names for caretaker cabinet were recommended to the federal government. However, it is deplorable that one name of three recommended was dropped and approval communicated to the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan about the remaining two.
On its part, federal Government added another five members for induction in the caretaker government. Accordingly a summary has been submitted for approval of the federal government. The said decision, Shah pointed is violation of the 18th amendment.
“Such type of actions will make the forthcoming general elections of Gilgit-Baltistan as controversial, in the same way as general elections of Pakistan”, he felt. Shah recommended that to will be fair and in fitness of things that only three members Caretaker Cabinet be approved as the 11% of the total strength of 33 Members of the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly can be inducted as caretaker cabinet as per true spirit of 18th Amendment.