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Nawaz to step-in for Hunza additional seat

Posted by Gilgit Tribune on November 6, 2009

GT Report

Hunza, November 6: Former Prime Minister and Chief of PML-N, Nawaz Sharif has vowed to step-in for the additional seat of Hunza.

While addressing an election rally here in Karimabad he said he will take the matter with the Prime Minister. “If PPP is not interested in fulfilling your demands PML-N will fulfill them in its term” he observed.


Hunza: Former Chief Executive addressing an election rally in Karimabad

The former Prime Minister also promised to double the reserved seats in professional educational institutions of Punjab but he also stressed to establish higher educational institutions in the region so that the youth shall not leave their homeland.

Criticizing the ruling government he said they did not bothered to consult the stake holders before announcing the package and added that he will include the people of the region in every decision made for the area.

Ghazanfar Ali Khan, the former Chief Executive of GB, in his speech requested the former PM to urge the government for allocating the seat for Hunza in the assembly.

Addressing the gathering, Shehryar Khan, the PML (N) candidate, also demanded additional seat for Hunza besides demanding of establishing a campus of KIU in Hunza and a Cadet college.

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GBDA boycotts polls in four constituencies

Posted by Gilgit Tribune on November 6, 2009

By Our Special Correspondent

Gilgit, Nov 6: Gilgit-Baltistan Democratic Alliance, GBDA has decided to quit contesting elections from four constituencies.

In a press conference held here at the Gilgit Press Club, General Secretary GBDA, Burhanulla said the party was withdrawing its candidates from GBLA-1, GBLA-2, GBLA-3, and GBLA-4. He said the party has decided to quit after observing the ground realties which he called ‘points to the opposite direction than the claims of a free and fair polls’.

He alleged that the establishment was harassing the nationalist contestants of Nov 12 polls and said the polls were being contested upon sectarian grounds. “Such moves added and abated by the establishment will only hamper the democratic process and is a mere ploy of igniting violence in the region” he added.

He said the nationalists were not even allowed to celebrate the Independence Day at Ghari Bagh which he said they were observing there since 1980s.

“All candidates in Gilgit city are backed by the Masjid committees which leave no doubt over the neutrality of elections” he observed, alleging that the state machinery has its due share in fanning sectarianism in the region. He said setting  sectarian color the standard for candidates was equal to preparing grounds for another row of sectarian strife in the region.

He slammed the government for harassing the nationalist candidates and said they were constantly receiving threatening letters.

He said the nationalist candidates were threatened by the government and have been receiving letters threatening dire consequences . He also revealed that Advocate Omer Farooq, a candidate from GBAL-1, Gilgit-1 received a letter in which he was threatened to be charged and said Col(r) Mirza NAdir Hassan Khan and Col(r) Mirza Wajahat Hassan Khan, leaders of the alliance and sons of the great freedom fighter of Gilgit Col Mirza Hssan Khan were deported from Gilgit.

The local administration however has neither denied nor accepted the allegations till the filling of this report.

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