GILGIT: Elections should be held under an independent caretaker setup in Gilgit – Baltistan [G-B] as G-B region can’t afford Islamabad-like protest demonstrations in the name of rigging, chief minister Mehdi Shah has said.
Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, for the past over one month, has been in the grip of “dharnas” dealing a blow to the economy. The demonstrations were kicked off by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf [PTA] accusing the ruling Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz of rigging the general elections of 2013.
“I am in favour of a caretaker government in consultation of opposition leader as we don’t want and afford a situation similar to one affecting Islamabad,” Shah told reporters on Saturday.
Pakistan Peoples Party [PPP] government in Gilgit – Baltistan is coming to an end on December 12 after it will complete the five year term and lack of provision for an interim setup in G-B Governance Order 2009 has given rise to speculations over possible role of the current PPP government in holding the elections.
“The option of holding of election under my government is under consideration but I have strongly opposed it.”
Shah said he was pleased his government in G-B completed was going to complete its term despite odds, proving the critics wrong who predicted its downfall within its first year.
He said he didn’t use the official protocol despite enjoying a position of a chief minister, which is an example for rest who want to discard the VIP culture.
Speaking of his reconciliatory approach as introduced by his party co-chairperson Asif Zardari, Mehdi Shah said his government never victimized anybody on political affiliation and hoped the trend continues.