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Peace a must for development: Mutabiat

Posted by Gilgit Tribune on December 12, 2009

By Our Correspondent

HUNZA, Dec 12: Peace, harmony is prerequisite for sustainable development in Gilgit-Baltistan, said Mutabiat Shah, the newly-elected technocrat member of the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly.

Talking to mediapersons in Gilgit, he stressed the need for promoting interfaith and cultural harmony in Gilgit-Baltistan.

“The PPP-led Government has empowered the people of Gilgit-Baltistan through the recently announced self-governance Order and it is now our responsibility to implement it and strive for the basic rights of the people and seek more steps from the federal government,” he said.

While stressing the need for a coordinated and team work, he said focus should be laid on uplift projects targetting the marginalised and left-out segments of the society. The region has great potential of power generation which needs to be exploited to augment the development process in the region, he added.

He said the students of GB need to be given education according to the region’s specificities which would further help in developing relevant human resources in the region.

Mr Mutabiat, a well reputed experienced professional with over three decades experience in development sector said he will work for introduce reforms in the prevailing outdated system and promote merit and transparency in governance the region. There is a need to enhance the capacity of local media as a watchdog on legislators and bureaucracy.

He will encourage civil society initiatives and implement projects at grassroots level institutions while utilising the experiences learnt during the engagement of Aga Khan Rural Support Programme.

He said the local support organisations (LSOs) have the capacity to increase the effectiveness in service delivery and receiving mechanisms.

He will develop a consultation body of educated youth and professionals to multiply the benefits of development and prepare youth for the future leadership positions, he added.  Mr Mutabiat wants to identify and implement projects after consultations and according to the aspirations of the local communities.

He said he will build a strong team work with Wazir Baig to implement the 19 portfolio projects which were announced during the election campaigns in Hunza. He said they will ensure to secure additional seats for Hunza in the GBLA which was the main demand during the election.

Gojal well deserves the status of sub-division after the formation of the new Hunza-Nagar district, he said.

Efforts will be made to convince NHA to take over the roads of the far-flung Shimshal, Chipurson and Misgar valleys, he added. The approval of PC-IV of different projects in health and education sectors will ensure effective service delivery to the local communities, he said. Efforts will be made to develop sense of belonging among the youth and restoration of common image and prestige of Hunza valley.

He thanked the PPP leadership for entrusting him with the position. He said the people of Gojal are committed to the PPP manifesto and will never forget the services rendered by PPP since the time of late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

Meanwhile, the PPP Hunza chapter also thanked President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Governor Qamar Zaman Kaira and other party high-ups for nominating Mutabiat Shah as member of GBLA on technocrat seat.

They expressed hope that he will utilise all his capabilities for the development of GB.

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President calls upon PPP winning candidates to ‘rise to expectations of people,

Posted by Gilgit Tribune on November 23, 2009

By Our Reporter

Islamabad, November 23: President Asif Ali Zardari while felicitating the PPP winning candidates in Gilgit-Baltistan elections has urged them to rise to the expectations of the people of the area as they have reposed great confidence in the PPP. The President was talking to a delegation of PPP winning candidates in the Gilgit-Baltistan’s elections that called on him in the Presidency on Monday night. He said the Pakistan Peoples Party working on policy of reconciliation would take along all the political forces in Gilgit-Baltistan also.

Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari meeting the delegation of PPP winning candidates in President House.

The President said the jubilant victory of the party in the elections had convincingly demonstrated that the PPP was a potent political force. “The people of Gilgit-Baltistan belied the inimical propaganda of adversaries, who claimed that the party had lost public support” he added.  He said the people of Gilgit-Baltistan had made great sacrifices for democracy and democratic struggle led by the PPP. He praised the sacrifices offered by the people of Gilgit-Baltistan on October 19, and December 27, 2007 and said they have always stood by the party in hard times. He said the party will never forget the manner in which the party workers of Gilgit-Baltistan had suffered during the dictatorship.

The President said that the government was working on various projects for poverty alleviation in Gilgit-Baltistan. He said the government was keen to exploit the economic potential of Gilgit-Baltistan with particular focus on the tourism industry for the prosperity of the poor people of the region.

He said there was great potential for power projects in Gilgit-Baltistan and assured the delegation that the government had drawn plans to harness this potential.

The delegation assured that they after forming the government would work earnestly for the welfare and uplift of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. They also expressed complete confidence in the leadership of the party.

The delegation led by the party President Gilgit-Baltistan  Syed Mehdi Shah included Aftab Haider Advocate, Muhammad Ali Akhter, Wazir Baig, Sheikh Nisar Hussain, Shakil Ahmad, Wazir Hassan, Syed Muhammad Ali Shah Rizvi, Hamid Khan, Muhammad Naseer, Ali Madad Sher, Muhammad Jaffer, Muhammad Ismail Engineer and Ayub Shah.  Governor Gilgit-Baltistan Qamar Zaman Kaira, Minister for Labour, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Ms. Rukhsana Bangash, MNA, Ms Fouzia Habib, MNA and Spokesperson to the President former Senator Farhatullah Babar were also present.

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Fauzia for promoting democratic process in GB

Posted by Gilgit Tribune on November 20, 2009

By Our Reporter

Islamabad, Nov 20: Pakistan People’s Party Information Secretary Fauzia Wahab, MNA, has called upon the political forces to work for strengthening democratic institutions and the democratic process to continue and grow in Gilgit-Baltistan instead of rejecting public mandate and questioning it.

In a statement issued here she said the people have again voted in favour of PPP as it is the largest and oldest party which has a history of deep connection with the people since 1972 when Zulfikar Ali Bhutto first visited Gilgit-Baltistan and introduced historical reforms.

The agenda of ZAB was furthered by Benazir Bhutto which is being carried forward by the present PPP government as part of our legacy in the region, she said adding “this led the PPP to victory in GB.”

Fauzia Wahab said the election results of Gilgit-Baltistan have proved that PPP enjoys masses’ support and out of 23 members PPP has the support of 13.

About providing equal opportunities to all, she said the top leadership of all other parties visited GB and addressed rallies. Compared to the results of last election, this time they have made relative gains which is a commendable democratic trend, she said.

Fauzia added that government not only supported their visits but also facilitated them and provided full security during their stay there to everyone without any discrimination.

She said the Governor Kaira only participated in one election meeting that the Prime Minister attended and he had to do that as a matter of protocol.

The governor, she said, did not hold any political rally and instead performed his functions of monitoring the elections from administrative perspective and to ensure law land order, transparency and due processes. He only held meetings with administration officials to ensure security and peaceful polling.

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