BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: Chief Minister on Thursday showered praise on a Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) based NGO that helped develop draft rules for local government finance commission.
“We are happy we have got think-tanks like this,” said Hafeezur Rehman, referring to Gilgit-Baltistan Policy Institute (GBPI), an NGO established in 2009 to explore policy options for Indigenous people and democratically-elected provincial governments in G-B.
The CM was addressing a seminar titled “Endorsement of Rules of Business for G-B Finance Commission, Local govt Commission, Local Council Board, District, Tehsil and Union Council” organized by GBPI in a local hotel.
“Before GBPI, we lacked organizations and technical people to help us in issues relating to governance and legislation but that’s no more an issue.”
Besides CM, secretary local government Asif Ullah also made a special mention of the NGO, saying formulations of the rules wouldn’t have been possible without support from GBPI. “Let me acknowledge this wouldn’t have been possible without Mr Altaf and his team’s support,” said the secretary whose grip over the subject came as a pleasant surprise for many in the audience.
The event, which turned into an interactive session, was addressed by speaker Fida Nashad, deputy speaker Jafarullah Khan, minister local government Farman Ali, and GBPI president Altaf Hussain among others.
Minister Akbar Taban, minister works Dr Iqbal, Minister Education Ibrahim Sanai, MLAs Imran Nadeem, Captain Shafi and Kacho Imtiaz, parliamentary secretaries including Aurangzeb Khan and other government and civil society members were also in attendence in the conference.