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Exploring the Significance of the Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly Session Beginning March 18

The Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly is set to meet for the first time on March 18, which is a big step forward for the region and will be a crucial time for decision-making and governance in this beautiful part of Pakistan. It’s critical to examine the importance of this next session and its possible ramifications as the Assembly gets ready to discuss a number of issues on the welfare and development of the area.

History

The area, originally a part of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, is disputed by India, Pakistan, and the local population. Following the merger of the Gilgit Agency, the Baltistan District of the Ladakh Wazarat, and the states of Hunza and Nagar, it was renamed the Northern Areas in 1970 and placed under the administrative jurisdiction of the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas. Gilgit and Baltistan/Skardu are the two administrative divisions that make up the region, with a combined area of 72,971 km² and around 1.3 million people.

Council of Gilgit-Baltistan

The GB Council is crucial to formulating policy and serves as the primary conduit between the Pakistani government and the GB government. It has the authority to address and enact laws about fifty-five areas, such as planning for economic coordination (which includes scientific and technology research) and coordinating banking business with the Government of Pakistan.

Assembly of Lawmakers

The Legislative Assembly is an elected assembly with the authority to enact laws on sixty-one topics, such as administrative courts and land income. The GB Consolidated Fund’s annual budget is likewise put to a vote by the Assembly. The Legislative Assembly has a five-year tenure, but the Governor may dissolve it sooner if the Chief Minister suggests it.

The Gilgit-Baltistan Election Commission

The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) is in charge of the ECGB. The CEC is the only member of the ECGB, in contrast to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). On the recommendation of the Governor of GB (Vice Chairman), the CEC is appointed by the Chairman of the Council, who is Pakistan’s Prime Minister.

A team of retired judges and officials chooses the CEC of ECGB. Mr. Tahir Ali Shah, the current CEC of ECGB, is a former Supreme Appellate Court of GB judge. The CEC’s qualifying requirements in Great Britain differ from those of the ECP, whose members can only be retired judges. The District Management Services of GB has seconded the majority of the administrative officials of ECGB. Despite being a different institution, the ECGB communicates with the ECP and occasionally requests technical support.

Conclusion

    The start of the Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly session on March 18 marks an important turning point in the political development and structure of government of the area. With elected officials gathering to discuss a wide range of topics, this session has the potential to map out a path for all-encompassing growth, improved governance, and increased citizen empowerment in Gilgit-Baltistan. Stakeholders must take advantage of this chance to solve issues, take advantage of possibilities, and clear the path for this enchanted region’s inclusive and successful future.

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