Setting a new trend in the region, by-election candidates in district Hunza of Gilgit-Baltistan attended “The Great Debate” to announce their mandate and answer questions during an event held in Karimabad. Representatives of all participating parties attended the debate except Saleem Khan (PMLN), Aziz Ahmed (PTI) and Wazir Baig (PPP). The event was organized by Dewaako Media Services in collaboration with Karakoram Area Development Organization (KADO).
Important matters like China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), power issue in the region, jailed activists and status of Gilgit-Baltistan were discussed. The candidates shared their opinion on these matters and how they will come up with the solutions when the come to power.
About 26,000 voters will cast their vote to elect a leader on the GBLA-6 seat that was vacant after Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan, who earlier won general elections, was appointed the Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan.
Dewaako Media Services and Karakoram Area Development Organization (KADO) had also arranged a similar event during general elections. The recorded video will be aired on Sujo Hunzo, a local channel available on cable TV across central and lower Hunza.
Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon swears in as the Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan
The former governor of Gilgit-Baltistan Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan’s resignation was accepted by the President, which came a few days after a video scandal surfaced.
The caretaker Chief Justice of Supreme Appellate Court Gilgit-Baltistan Justice Javed Javed Iqbal took oath from the new Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan who hails from Skardu district in the Baltistan region.
The appointment letter was read by Chief Secretary Gilgit-Baltistan Babar Hayat Tarar.
The event held at Governor House in Gilgit was attended by Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez Ur Rehman, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leaders, judges, civil servants and the public.
Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon has formerly served as the Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf PTI Gilgit-Baltistan.
He had lost Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly elections from Skardu in 2015. His defeat came against Haji Akbar Khan Taban who won by just one vote.
According to the infamous GB Order 2018, the Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan has to be a local resident.
Governor Gilgit-Baltistan Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan Resigns
Governor Gilgit-Baltistan Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan has resigned after about three years in the office. His resignation was accepted by the President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi. The resignation comes after a wave of controversies surrounding a leaked video that has put his loyalty to the state under question.
Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan had won Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly seat from Hunza. After his appointment as the Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan, his son Shah Salim Khan won the seat but controversies surrounded the Mir family until the Gilgit-Baltistan Supreme Appellate Court disqualified him.
The GBLA-6 seat is currently vacant leaving Hunza without representation at the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly.
It is being speculated that former Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Gilgit-Baltistan leader Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon might be appointed the new Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan.
President of Pakistan is expected to issue the notification within the following week.
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