Islamabad: PTI government has decided to make Gilgit-Baltistan a province and bring a constitutional amendment bill in National Assembly for electoral reforms. The Constitutional Amendment Bill will propose that Gilgit-Baltistan be represented in the Senate and National Assembly of Pakistan and that the Senate election vote be made recognizable. Last week PM calls for a meeting to make Gilgit Baltistan a Province on 11 March. But the meeting was delayed due to the Senate elections. On his visit to Gilgit before GB Election, Prime Minister Imran Khan had promised the people of Gilgit Baltistan that he would give the status of a province to Gilgit-Baltistan.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Dr. Babar Awan said that Speaker NA Asad Qaiser will form a parliamentary committee comprising representatives of all parties in parliament. The constitutional amendment bill proposed by the government will make Gilgit-Baltistan a provisional province of Pakistan. It also includes an open ballot senate election, and the right for the overseas Pakistanis to cast vote.
Overseas Pakistanis will have to renounce dual citizenship before taking oath after winning the election. According to the proposed amendment bill, Gilgit-Baltistan will have the status of an interim province, its elected representatives will be represented in the National Assembly of Pakistan and the Senate, and the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the High Court will be extended to Gilgit-Baltistan.
The Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly in its unanimous resolution had already demanded from the federal government to make Gilgit-Baltistan a provisional province. According to experts, the proposed amendment bill needs to be passed by Senate and National Assembly. As the PTI government does not have a majority in the Senate, so the bill will not be passed unless the opposition supports it.