Parliamentary Kashmir committee endorses Gilgit Baltistan reform package.
ISLAMABAD, September 08, 2009 (Frontier Star): Parliamentary Kashmir Committee on Tuesday endorsing the Gilgit-Baltistan ( Empowerment and Self-Governance) Order, 2009 and has asked the government to remove any apprehensions of the Kashmiri leadership The National Assembly Special Committee on Kashmir met here on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Maulana Fazl ur Rehman in the Parliament House. Secretary for Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Northern areas Ihtesham Khan briefed the Committee on the new dispensation in the Northern Areas. He said that President Zardari had signed the Gilgit-Baltistan ( Empowerment and Self-Governance) Order, 2009 under which the Areas had been named as Gilgit-Baltistan, with its own Governor and Chief Minister. The Assembly of 33 Members, 24 elected direct by the people would elect the Chief Minister, who would be assisted by six Ministers and 2 Advisors. The Secretary observed that the people of the areas were pressing for the provision of the rights. Therefore, the recent measures have been taken on their insistence. This is a step for democratization and autonomy of the Areas. The Members of Kashmir Committee actively took part in the discussion. They said that all out efforts should be made to develop the Gilgit-Baltistan, so that the people should not have any feeling of deprivation. However, care should be taken that these measures should not affect the Kashmir cause thick and thin. The Members further added that Kashmiri leadership should also be briefed appropriately. Later in a quick chat with Journalists, Maulana Fazl ur Rehman, Chairman of the Committee expressed his sheer concern over the non-participation of Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs Qamar Zaman Kaira urging that he is not taking Kashmir Committee seriously. He was of the view that we summoned the meeting on 8th September instead of September 5 but still Kaira did not participate in the meeting which is not an enriching sign. He said that we have suggested Government of number of proposals/suggestions regarding Gilgit-Baltistan issue.
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|Publication:||The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)|
|Date:||Sep 8, 2009|
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