Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly

Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly Urges Federal Government to Appoint Judges to High Court of Appeal

The Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Legislative Assembly has called on the federal government to appoint judges to the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) High Court of Appeal, marking a significant advance in the country’s judicial infrastructure. This event highlights the country’s continued commitment to empowering its people through the court system and the need to address existing opportunities within its highest court.

The GB Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a resolution emphasizing the importance of maintaining a functioning judicial system to protect the rule of law and ensure that local populations have prompt access to justice. The highest court in the Gilgit-Baltistan region, the Gilgit-Baltistan High Court of Appeal, has faced a shortage of judges for a long time. The Preeminent Redrafting Court of GB was designed to act as the highest legal authority in the locality, similar to the Supreme Court of Pakistan. However, its functionality is hindered by the persistent vacancy of judges.

There has been a significant backlog of cases, resulting in delays affecting the speed with which justice is administered. This is detrimental to individuals and organizations seeking legitimate goals. Delayed proceedings and the ineffective status of the highest court contribute to declining confidence in the legal framework among the local populace.

Members of the assembly emphasized that this is not only a matter of administrative necessity but also a constitutional and moral obligation on the part of the federal authorities to ensure that the judicial demands of Gilgit-Baltistan are duly met.

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