Bilawal condemns federal govt’s ‘interference’ in GB elections
By Tanveer Abbas
Islamabad (TP) September 27, 2020: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has condemned the “interference” of the federal government in the upcoming Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly elections scheduled to for November 15.
“The National Assembly speaker and federal ministers have nothing to do with elections in GB,” the PPP chairperson said in a tweet on Saturday. Bilawal clarified that his party will only be engaging with the GB Election Commission on its demands for fair elections.
NA Speaker Asad Qaiser has summoned a meeting of the parliamentary leaders of all the parties on Monday at the Parliament House to discuss election reforms and to seek proposals for ensuring transparency in the GB elections.
In this regard, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaisar has written letters to the parliamentary leaders including Opposition Leader and PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, BNP-M chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal, Asad Mehmood of the JUI-F, Chaudhry Tariq Bashir Cheema of PML-Q, MQM’s Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and invited them to attend the meeting.
In his letter, the speaker said that some circles were expressing concerns and doubts about the transparency in the GB elections
“We, as representatives of people of Pakistan, should effectively address these concerns by proposing suitable mechanisms and amendments to the existing laws/rules/procedures from the apex forum of Parliament,” he wrote in the letter.
However, according to media reports, all opposition parties will boycott the meeting summoned to discuss ways and means for legislation and constitutional amendments pertaining to GB. According to the reports, the opposition parties are of the view that the speaker has no relevance to the legislation for GB and he did not have the mandate of convening such meetings.