Bilawal terms GB package as insulting, vows to restore legislation power of GBLA


KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that giving powers of legislation to the bureaucracy in Islamabad and brazenly denying the people their rights is an affront to the people of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) that will have far-reaching consequences for political stability.

The PPP chairman stated this in a statement on Sunday soon after Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi announced enforcement of the reforms package for Gilgit Baltistan. The prime minister’s announcement was greeted with pandemonium and a shouting match in the local assembly as members vehemently protested.

The national parliament just passed a constitutional amendment bill taking away powers of the president in respect of tribal areas to empower its people, he said referring to the 31st constitutional amendment. At the same time, the federal government has ambushed the people of GB by taking away their powers and vesting it in the prime minister, he added.

Bilawal assured the people of GB that the PPP will ensure that the right to legislate is vested in the GB Legislative Assembly. The PPP cannot and will not allow the bureaucracy or any one individual to legislate for GB, be that individual the prime minister of Pakistan, he assured.