GILGIT: Chief Minister Mehdi Shah on Wednesday threatened to disband Pakistan International Airlines [PIA] service for Gilgit – Baltistan if it doesn’t increase number of flights to the region.
Mehdi Shah made the statement in G-B legislative assembly during its third day proceedings held in Gilgit assembly hall.
“We will go for a private airline instead and this is what I have communicated to federal minister for G-B and AJK Birjis Tahir yesterday,” Shah said referring to his meeting with Birjis Tahir who visited Gilgit on Tuesday.
Shah was critical of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on whose directions quota of special seats in PIA for CM and other VIPs was quashed last year, making journey from G-B to Islamabad difficult even for the top officials. Similarly the Boing plan that used to operate to Skardu was also replaced with a smaller plan.
The dilapidated condition of the 600 kilometers long Karakoram Highway – that connects G-B with rest of the country – coupled insufficient flights weigh heavily on the minds of passengers when it comes to visiting G-B or Islamabad from G-B.
Resolution against Imran, Qadri moved
Pakistan Muslim League –Nawaz on Wednesday moved a resolution in Gilgit – Baltistan assembly to condemned Pakistan Tehreek Insaf [PTI] and Pakistan Awami Tehreek [PAT] for the ongoing demonstrations in Islamabad.
The resolution was moved by PML-N legislator Janbaz Khan, who is opposition leader in the assembly, terming the ‘dharnas’ an attempt to sabotage economy. “it also earned bad name for the country besides causing billions of rupee loss to the exchequer.”
A leader of Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid [PML-Q]Bashir Ahmed, who is also Minister Works, opposed it strongly and said the demands of PTI and PAT were legitimate. He termed it a constitutional right of the parties to raise their voice against government policies. Deputy speaker Jamil Ahmed, who was conducting the session in the absence of speaker Wazir Baig, upheld the discussion for Thursday.
Action against secretary demanded
Law makers demanded strict action against secretary Saad Khan ‘for making harsh comments against people of Diamer district’.
Opposition leader Janbaz Khan told the house that Saad Khan, who is secretary planning in G-B, had written a letter to planning commission Islamabad in which he called people of Diamer 'terrorists'. The disclosure by Jnbaz Khan triggered condemnation for the secretary with legislators demanding investigation and action against him. Mehdi Shah said he has ordered formation of a committee to investigate the issue.