BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: The second day, which was also the last day, of the 41st session of Gilgit – Baltistan [G-B] assembly ended here on Tuesday and with it the tenure of the G-B government.
“According to the Governance Order 2009, the tenure of G-B government will end today [Wednesday] at 12.01AM,” said speaker Wazir Baig, who was chairing the 2nd and last day of the G-B assembly’s 41st session.
“This is our last day in the assembly and we wish best of luck to the region and those replacing us in future,” said Baig in his farewell speech as lawmakers paid tribute to him for his impartial role throughout.
He said the legislative assembly enacted 31 laws in its stint and passed about 100 resolutions in public interest. Now its up to the judiciary to make decision in the light of the laws, he said, adding the incumbent government should also honour resolutions passed by the assembly.
The lawmakers eulogized performance of the assembly over the past five years, terming it better than the rest of Pakistan. “What we did despite our limited resources is far better than assemblies in the rest of Pakistan,” said law minister Ali Madad Sher, who was speaking on behalf of chief minister Mehdi Shah. Shah and opposition leader Janbaz Khan earlier in the morning had left for Islamabad to attend a meeting called by federal government to finalise a name for caretaker chief minister.
The house was addressed by almost all the lawmakers, terming the moment ‘historic’ as the assembly successfully completed its term.
The house unanimously passed a resolution which demanded establishment of a Cadit college in Ghizer district. The resolution was read out by Nawaz Khan Naji.
Amina Ansari, a PML-Q lawmaker from Baltistan region, tabled a resolution demanding corrections in the G-B government’s Tourism department website.
“The website has no mention of Imamia Noorbakhshia sect which is a dominant sect in some areas. This is one of the errors that need to be fixed,” she said.
Sadia Danish, minister Information, said tabling of a resolution in the house didn’t merit for a minor correction. “It could be done if the lawmaker wrote us a later,” remarked Danish, who is also advisor tourism.
The resolution was however passed by the house.
Another resolution was tabled by Rahmat Khaliq, Abdul Hameed, Yasmeen Nazar, among others, calling for restoration of 311 teachers sacked in the recent past for being illegal.
“The government should restore than through an executive order,” said Yasmeen Nazar who read out the resolution.
The house passed the resolution with speaker’s remarks that justice should be done in line with instruction passed by a court
Protection from domestic violence Act 2009
The bill ‘Protection from domestic violence Act 2009’ couldn’t sail through the house following reservations from the lawmakers.
Sadia Danish tabled it, terming it important. “This is very important for us to pass it. It has nothing against our culture or religion rather in the interest of the people,” she said as house voiced reservations over it. Most of the opposition came from women lawmakers who said they had been kept in the dark about its content.
The speaker handed it to a standing committee for review and said the next government would pass it.