Haji Gulbar Khan elected new GB chief minister

F.P. Report

GILGIT-BALTISTAN: The Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly on Thursday elected Haji Gulbar as new chief minister of the province.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) backed Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) forward bloc candidate bagged 19 votes.

After voting, which started around 12:00 at noon, the speaker Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly announced results of the election.

The PML-N and the PPP had announced their support for Haji Gulbar Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) forward bloc for the post, while three members of the PTI like-minded group who had submitted their nomination papers for the post of chief minister late at night announced to boycott the election.

Candidates were told could withdraw nomination papers till 10 am on Thursday. The PTI ally in the GB Assembly (Like-minded group) said the majority in the assembly was forcibly converted into a minority.

Like-minded group members who boycotted election of the chief minister said that their fellow assembly members were lured by schemes worth tens of millions of rupees. They further alleged that fellow members had also been threatened with arrests and lawsuits in case they did not cooperate.

They said they would play the role of opposition in the assembly effectively and vigorously. Raja Azam Khan, Javed Manwa and Raja Zakaria Muktoon of the PTI like-minded group were in the race for chief minister slot.

On the other hand, Speaker GB Assembly had rejected the resignation of opposition leader Amjad Hussain Advocate. He said that Amjad Hussain Advocate had tendered his resignation in haste during the current political conflict.