BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: Gilgit – Baltistan legislative assembly on Monday unanimously passed a resolution demanding issuance of diplomatic passports for the lawmakers.
The resolution was read out by a lawmaker from treasury benches Abdul Hameed during the first day of the session chaired by speaker Wazir Baig.
“The speaker, deputy speaker and others should be given diplomatic passports according to their designations,” said the lawmaker as the house unanimously endorsed the idea.
Earlier Rehmat Khaliq of JUI-F raised the issue of appointments in various departments of G-B government, saying the posts have not been filled over the past several years.
“We want to know why the vacant posts which are nearly 4500 have not been filled as yet.”
Chief minister Mehdi Shah said eligible candidates would be recruited against the vacant posts within a week as a decision to this effect has been taken in the cabinet held today [Monday] and was attended by chief secretary, among others.
Amina Ansari of PML-Q drew house attention to a resolution that sought powers for G-B assembly to make amendments in the G-B governance order 2009. The resolution had been passed by the house a couple of years back.
The G-B assembly doesn’t have powers to make changes in the governance order, said Ansari, adding as a result an interim government can’t be formed after 10th December 2014, which is the date when the exiting government will complete its five years term.
Replying to her remarks, Chief Minister said it was the responsibility of the federal government to address the issue. “We hope federal government is taking this issue seriously,” said Mehdi Shah.
Sadia Danish, advisor tourism, said that ‘tourism policy’ was being formulated to boost the tourism in the region and that USAID had hired consultants for that matter. She said the consultants are holding sessions with stakeholders to prepare it. “We will share it with the lawmakers once we get the draft report,” said Danish who was earlier asked by deputy speaker to explain why USAID was involved in the formulation of the policy.
As the session moved to its end, a JUI-F lawmaker Sarwar Shah tabled a resolution condemning the recent attack on Molana Fazal ur Rahman. The resolution was unanimously passed by the house.
The speaker adjourned the session till Tuesday.