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GB chief minister disputes governor over appointment of chief election commissioner

By Irfan Munna

GILGIT: Gilgit-Baltistan governor and Chief Minister have protected horns over the appointment of the chief election commissioner for Gilgit-Baltistan.

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A report issued by the information department on Thursday, Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah presided over a cabinet meeting on Wednesday late afternoon where he discarded an offer allegedly forwarded by Governor Pir Karam Ali Shah to the federal government to appoint a CEC for the region. The governor did not take under consideration the given names of local applicants who would have been appropriate for the spot, the report revealed.

“The CM will cabin a complaint next to the governor with the prime minister for breaking the rules and sending a proposal to the Centre with no consulting the provincial government”, said by Pakistan Peoples Party Secretary General Aftab Haider.

“I am only tolerating this to ensure the survival of the system. But all government departments are marred by corruption,” Said by governor Shah.

While speaking to journalists and press media he deprived of sending a proposal to the federal government. He added the CM and the ministers have turned against him.

“It is the responsibility of the government to foremost develop agreement in its ranks and then notify me concerning it. My work is to forward it to authorities concerned at the federal government” he added.

However, the governor criticizes the CM, cabinet associates and secretaries have frequently flouted his instructions and do not turn up when he order official meetings at the governor’s headquarter. “We have to serve up notices to them just to force them to be there,” he said.

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