Sunday, 17th December 2017

After caretaker CM: Is Mehdi Shah entitled to official protocol?

Mehdi_Shah.jpg

BY OUR CORRESPONDENT

GILGIT: While a caretaker chief minister has been appointed, questions are being raised over ‘legality of the official protocol’ being used by Mehdi Shah.

“Mehdi Shah lost his entitlement for a protocol the moment caretaker chief minister was notified,” well-place sources aware of protocol formalities told Outpost on Thursday.

Sher Jehan Mir was appointed as interim chief minister for three months on Tuesday [December 9] after G-B government completed its five-year term the same day.

“This is illegal, unlawful and against the ethics using flag, and Mehdi Shah isn’t unaware of that,” said the sources, referring to the protocol.

Mehdi Shah was seen in his official protocol on Wednesday and Thursday as he moved in his official car from one place to another in the city.

The sources claimed Mehdi Shah was acting even against the consent of the governor.

When Mehdi Shah made it to Gilgit press club where he addressed journalists on Thursday, he was asked if the protocol wasn’t illegal. “No, this isn’t illegal. I am legally chief minister by Thursday mid-night,” he said. “I still sit in my office and sign documents as chief minister.”

 The appointment of Mir was made by federal government after making necessary amendments in the G-B governance order 2009, under which G-B’s constitutional status was brought at par with a province.

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