Advocate Khalid Khursheed was elected as the Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) by the GB Legislative Assembly on Monday, having secured 22 votes against the nine votes of the joint opposition candidate, Amjad Hussain.
The swearing-in ceremony of Khalid Khurshid as the new chief minister of GB and his cabinet will be held on December 2 at the Governor House in Gilgit. GB Governor Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon will administer the oath to him.
According to official sources, Prime Minister Imran Khan, along with the Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Khan Gandapur and the PTI Chief Organiser Saifullah Khan Nyazee, will also attend the swearing-in ceremony.
Khursheed, a barrister, hails from Rattu of Astor District in Gilgit Baltistan. He was born on November 17, 1980. He completed his matriculation from Public School and College Gilgit and moved to Faisalabad for further education. He completed graduation and went to London for a degree in law.
After returning from London, he contested his first election in 2009 as an independent candidate but he lost the election. He again contested the election as an independent candidate in 2015 but could not win the seat from GBLA-13.
In election 2020, he, as the candidate of PTI won the seat against Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) Abdul Hameed, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Rana Farman Ali and Dr Ghulam Abbas (Independent) in GBLA-13 Astore-I. He contested in the past two elections as an independent candidate but could not win the seat.
Khursheed, a foreign qualified local politician, had joined PTI in 2018 and became president of PTI Diamer Division in GB. His father was a judge. One of his brothers is a retired DIG. He reportedly has an influential family in the constituency.
Last week, PM Imran had finalised Khursheed’s name for the position. Khurshid was elected the member of Gilgit-Baltistan assembly from GBLA-13 constituency in GB in the November 15 elections. His selection was made as per the tradition of electing chief ministers from different regions of GB, as previous chief ministers were selected from Baltistan region and Gilgit region.
Last week, the new GBLA had elected PTI candidate Amjad Zaidi as the speaker and Nazeer Ahmad as the deputy speaker. Amjad secured 18 votes for the position while Nazeer secured 22 votes for the deputy speaker slot in a secret ballot.
On November 24, the PTI government announced that it is set to form its government in GB after securing a majority in the legislative assembly following the 2020 election. The party grabbed 10 seats in the general elections. But after gaining the support of six independent winners and allotment of six reserved seats, PTI secured 22 out of the 33 seats in the assembly.