BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: Fearing a backlash, governor Gilgit – Baltistan [G-B] Barjees Tahir on Thursday declined an offer from Karakoram International University [KIU] to distribute laptops among the students, saying his act could be ‘inappropriate’ after release of election schedule.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was supposed to distribute the laptops among the over 200 students during his recent visit to Gilgit – Baltistan. However due to shortage of time the premier assigned the task to Tahir, asking him to do the job on his behalf later.
“I had promised vice chancellor to distribute laptops among the students but I apologized him as think it will not be appropriate to do so now given that election schedule has been announced,” Tahir told Outpost in Gilgit.
“I want to remain neutral till completion of free and fair elections.”
Chief elections commissioner G-B justice Tahir Ali Shah while announcing election schedule for G-B assembly elections on Tuesday warned officials to stay away from activities which could influence outcome of results. He said legal proceedings could be launched even against the governor if found violating the election laws.
Tahir, being a leader of PML-N, has been under fire ever since he took charge as governor G-B. The opposition parties have time and again cried foul at his appointment, accusing him of favourig his party for the elections.
The KIU however went ahead with their programme with VC Dr Asif Khan distributing the laptops among the students.
Political analysts have attributed governor’s apology to a fear of possible backlash from opponents who seem to criticize him to gain public sympathies ahead of polls scheduled on June 8.