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GB bar association demands enforcement of Supreme Court directives in Al-Jehad Trust case

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court-verdictThe GB Supreme Appellate Court Bar Association has reportedly passed a resolution aimed to enforce a verdict passed by the Supreme Court in 1999 in the Al-Jehad Trust versus Federation case.

Under the judgment, the Supreme Court had ordered the federation to provide the people of Gilgit-Baltistan their constitutional rights within six months.

During the bar association meeting held in the bar room, the attendants lambasted the current setup of GB government. The meeting was chaired by Advocate Shehbaz Khan, according to sources.

Leaders of the bar association alleged that the governance order currently in effect in GB, called Empowerment and Self Governance Order 2009, clearly violates the apex court’s order because it has reined in powers entrusted according to the 1994 Governance Order, including the regional government’s powers to generate revenue through regional resources, such as minerals and forests.

It is pertinent to mention here that under the existing governance setup, the revenue generating and similar powers have been transferred from the democratically elected legislators to the Gilgit-Baltistan Council, which is made up of six members from GB and six from the federation- the later including the prime minister of Pakistan who heads the council.

It is also pertinent to note that the members of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) lack the authority to introduce amendments to the Empowerment and Self Governance Order 2009. The bar members also said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif did not pay a heed to their request for looking into the matter within the first 100 days of the GB government.

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