Electoral alliance of PTI and MWM for Gilgit Baltistan elections 2020 announced formally.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Ali Amin Khan Gandapur made a formal announcement in Islamabad at a press conference.
Electoral alliance of PTI and MWM for Gilgit Baltistan
Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) leaders Nasir Shirazi and Asad Abbas Naqvi also accompanied him.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz was also present.
Gandapur announced electoral alliance between his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen to contest the upcoming elections for the legislative assembly of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).
The minister said negotiation with another major political party Tehreek-e-Islami Pakistan was underway, which might also ally with the PTI in the election.
He expressed the confidence that most of the political parties would contest election in coalition with PTI in the larger interest of the region.
MWM Pakistan’s deputy secretary general Nasir Sherazi said they decided to contest the election in coalition with the PTI to ensure provision of constitutional rights to the people of GB.
He cited deprivation of people of Gilgit Baltistan of their basic rights since long due lack of representation of their public representative in the National Assembly and Senate.
Furthermore, he said the GB had great importance in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor as the only land route that connects the two countries.
To elevate Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) to the status of a full-fledged province
Moreover, Minister Gandapur said the government had decided to elevate Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) to the status of a full-fledged province with all constitutional rights.
Its rights include its representation in the Senate and the National Assembly.
He said that voting would be held in mid-November on time, while preparations are complete.
Minister further said that after consultation with all stakeholders, the federal government has decided in principle to give constitutional rights to Gilgit-Baltistan.
He said the deprivation of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan for last 73 years would come to an end. Besides, the constitutional rights and the provincial setup, government was also taking important steps for the development of the region.
Gandapur said that to provide better healthcare facilities to the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, the government will provide MRI and CT scan machines to all District Headquarters Hospitals.
He said government would ensure provision of ultrasound machines to the basic health units (BHUs). He further announced to provide furniture to all schools.
The minister also announced setting up rest houses about 70 places to promote tourism and loans to the locals to build huts and guesthouses at tourist destinations.
Moreover, he said that an agreement had been reached with the National Bank of Pakistan in that regard.
To improve the transport facilities, the minister continued, the government had decided to build a tunnel at the Babusar Top.
“This will make the travel to Gilgit-Baltistan via Babusar Top possible throughout the year,” he added.
He said that medical and engineering colleges would be set up in the region, while a minerals policy would be formulated soon. In order to save forests and wildlife, entire Gilgit-Baltistan would be declared as protected area, he added.
Responding to a question, Gandapur said the government would fully support the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in conducting fair, free and transparent elections in the GB.