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GILGIT (Dunya News) - The Election Commission of Gilgit-Baltistan has released the official results of 12 constituencies in the 2020 GB election. According to the official results, Amjad Hussain of PPP won from GBA-1 with 10,875 votes while independent candidate Raees Sultan came second with 7,482 votes. From GBA-4, Amjad Hussain of Pakistan People’s Party won with 6,104 votes while Ayub Waziri of Islami Tehreek Pakistan (ITP) came second with 5,606 votes. From GBA-5, Independent candidate Javed Ali Manwa won with 2,562 votes while independent candidate Zulfiqar Ali Murad came second with 2,149 votes. From GBA-6, Obaidullah Baig of PTI won with 5,624 votes while independent candidate Noor Mohammad came second with 4,584 votes. Fr
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Gilgit-Baltistan polls: Two victorious independent candidates join PTI

GILGIT (Dunya News) – Two independent candidates, who were declared victorious in recently held general elections in Gilgit Baltistan, have joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). According to details, Wazir Muhammad Saleem and Raja Nasir contested the polls from Skardu as independent candidates after not getting tickets from PTI. It is to be mentioned here that PTI won the most seats in the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly elections but failed to get an outright majority. PTI had secured nine seats while PPP got four seats, PML-N grabbed two seats, MWM bagged one seat and independent candidates had declared victorious on seven seats in the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly elections held on November 15. There were 24 seats for the contest but elections were delayed in GBLA-3 following the death of PTI Gilgit-Baltistan President retired Justice Jaffer Shah from coronavirus. As many as 330 candidates, including four women, were in the contest. At least 1,26,997 fresh voters had used right of vote in general elections of Gilgit-Baltistan.

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General elections in Gilgit-Baltistan were fair, transparent: Sh Rashid

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Federal Minister for Pakistan Railways Sheikh Rashid on Wednesday has said that the general elections in Gilgit-Baltistan were transparent and fair. Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, the minister said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will form government in GB with two-third majority. Holding smooth Gilgit-Baltistan elections is the triumph of democracy, he added. Sheikh Rashid said that opponents have destroyed their political career by confronting with national institutions. He further announced that Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) will start operation from November 19. He said that it will be made a modern urban transport system and operated initially from Pipri to Karachi City station. The fare has been fixed at fifty rupees per travel, he went on to say.  

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PM Imran announces to introduce electronic voting system

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that the government is working to introduce electronic voting system in the country in a bid to ensure utmost transparency in the election process. Speaking about the electoral reforms on Tuesday, he said that he himself ran the campaign for transparency in elections, adding that the secret balloting will be abolished in the Senate election and amendment for ‘Show of Hands’ will be introduced. The prime minister said that a mechanism will also be brought in for overseas Pakistanis so that they, too, can participate in the polling to elect their representatives. He said NADRA s data will be utilized for the electronic voting in the country for which Election Commission of Pakistan is being consulted. He said a bill for these reforms will soon be introduced in the parliament. “No government in power can bring about such reforms,” he said. The prime minister said that thanked the people of Gilgit-Baltistan for reposing trust in PTI, adding that the women left their homes in cold weather to exercise their right to vote. He also appreciated the PTI team for its massive campaigning during the GB election. He reiterated his resolve to give provisional provincial status to GB to fulfill the long desired demand of the people. He said we will give a detailed plan to fulfill our commitment of granting provisional provincial status to GB. Imran Khan said elections in Azad Kashmir and Senate are approaching soon, while general election will be held in 2023, adding that the prime objective to introduce these reforms is to ensure fair and transparent elections in Pakistan and enhance people s trust in the polling process. He also announced to introduce a Constitutional Amendment for Senate elections through show of hands instead of secret balloting to end sale and purchase of votes. “The constitutional amendment is not possible without two-third majority in the parliament and for this purpose government needs other parties  support as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf does not has the required number of votes to amend the constitution,” he said.

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Bilawal, Maryam condemn alleged rigging in GB elections

LAHORE (Dunya News) – Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz on Tuesday condemned alleged rigging in Gilgit-Baltistan election during a telephonic conversation. During the conversation with Maryam, Bilawal said that securing of more votes by alliance of opposition parties than Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is proof of government’s lack of popularity among masses. Maryam Nawaz said that public of Gilgit-Baltistan stands with narrative of opposition. During the phone call, both leaders also agreed to meet soon. It is pertinent to mention here that opposition parties have rejected results of Gilgit-Baltistan elections and PPP workers are staging a protest outside Deputy Commissioner’s office over alleged rigging in the elections. PPP leader Nafisa Shah said that PTI scored 10 seats through rigging and asked that what happened in last six months that a party which had no candidate for the election few months ago now managed to win this much seats. On the other hand, PML-N senior leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday accused caretaker setup in Gilgit-Baltistan of influencing the general election process of the region. 

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Gilgit-Baltistan elections were rigged: Nafisa Shah

KARACHI (Dunya News) – Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Nafisa Shah alleged that Gilgit-Baltistan elections were rigged in every aspect and said that her party has rejected the result of the elections. Addressing a press conference with other party leaders, she said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) scored 10 seats through rigging and asked that what happened in last six months that a party which had no candidate for the election few months ago now managed to win such a number of seats. She said that PPP rejects election results because of rigging. Reacting to ban by federal government on rallies, the PPP leader said that authorities cannot stop opposition from holding rallies by instilling fear of novel coronavirus. We will hold rallies with due implementation of COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), she added. Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday announced a ban on holding rallies across the country amid rise in the number of coronavirus cases during the second wave. Addressing the nation after a meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) on the COVID-19, PM Imran Khan said that COVID-19 is rapidly spreading across the country and no gathering of more than 300 people will be allowed. He said that his party has postponed the Saturday’s scheduled public rally in Rashakai, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and asked other political parties to postpone their rallies. 

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PM Imran to take nation into confidence over election reforms

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to take nation into confidence regarding election reforms and will explain in detail the process of general and Senate elections. According to sources, PM Imran Khan has completed his homework on constitutional reforms and will brief the nation along with members of reform committee, federal ministers and legal team. He will also explain the process of provincial and local bodies elections. Sources further said that the prime minister is also expected to talk about responsibilities of presiding and returning officers regarding compiling of election results. He will also speak about transparency in Gilgit-Baltistan elections and amendments in constitutions for electoral reforms, sources said. 

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People of GB rejected fake narrative of Maryam, Bilawal: Shahbaz Gill

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Dr. Shahbaz Gill has said people of Gilgit-Baltistan have altogether rejected the corruption, fake narrative and chicanery of Maryam Nawaz and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Dr. Shahbaz Gill took to Twitter and said ‘culprit Maryam’ tried to become ‘Halima Sultan’ and committed corruption as a national duty while ‘parchi chairman Bilawal’ tried to mislead people regarding 12 seats secured after deal with establishment. On the other hand, Information Minister Shibli Faraz urged the opposition parties to shun the bad tradition of not accepting election defeat saying this posture is contrary to democratic norms. In his tweets, he said those delivering lectures on democracy should adopt democratic conduct. The Minister said the emotional statements of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari are devoid of facts and logic. Shibli Faraz expressed his surprise that those raising slogans regarding the sanctity of vote are not ready to respect the ballot of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. Shibli Faraz reminded that all the surveys showed the lead of PTI in Gilgit-Baltistan with Prime Minister Imran Khan as the most popular leader.

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PPP workers stage protest against alleged rigging in GB polls

GILGIT BALTISTAN (Dunya News) – Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) workers on Tuesday have staged protest outside Deputy Commissioner’s office over alleged rigging in Gilgit-Baltistan general elections. According to details, the counting of postal ballets in GBLA-2 constituency, in which Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) candidate Fatahullah Khan was competing PPP’s Jameel Ahmed, is underway. Earlier, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the rights of the people have been robbed by stealing the mandate. He said that the candidates were pressurised for joining the ruling PTI, adding that the polls were rigged. “The protection of your vote was the job of the Election Commission,” he said adding that the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) targeted the opposition. "Our candidate lost by two votes. They are trying to steal three seats but we will not let them." The PPP chairman said that Gilgit-Baltistan cannot be handed over to puppets and selected, adding that the puppets had no idea that they would win the election. “We will continue election campaign and protest and his party would march towards Islamabad if justice is not delivered,” he added. It is to be mentioned here that PTI had won the most seats in the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly elections but failed to win an outright majority. According to unofficial/unconfirmed results, PTI secured nine seats while PPP got four seats, PML-N grabbed two seats, MWM secured one seat and independent candidates have secured seven seats in the GBLA elections held on November 15. There were 24 seats for the contest but polling on one seat was postponed, leaving 23 seats up for grabs. As many as 330 candidates, including four women, were in the contest. Elections had been delayed in GBLA-3 following the death of PTI Gilgit-Baltistan President retired Justice Jaffer Shah from coronavirus.  

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Opposition should shun tradition of not accepting election defeat: Shibli Faraz

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Information Minister Shibli Faraz has urged the opposition parties to shun the bad tradition of not accepting election defeat saying this posture is contrary to democratic norms. In his tweets on Tuesday, he said those delivering lectures on democracy should adopt democratic conduct. The Minister said the emotional statements of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari are devoid of facts and logic. Shibli Faraz expressed his surprise that those raising slogans regarding the sanctity of vote are not ready to respect the ballot of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. Shibli Faraz reminded that all the surveys showed the lead of PTI in Gilgit-Baltistan with Prime Minister Imran Khan as the most popular leader.  On the other hand, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Dr. Shahbaz Gill said people of GB have altogether rejected the corruption, fake narrative and chicanery of Maryam Nawaz and Bilawal Bhutto. Dr. Shahbaz Gill took to Twitter and said ‘culprit Maryam’ tried to become ‘Halima Sultan’ and committed corruption as a national duty while ‘parchi chairman Bilawal’ tried to mislead people regarding 12 seats secured after deal with establishment.

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It takes grace to accept defeat, Firdous Ashiq on GB polls

LAHORE (Dunya News) – Special Assistant to Punjab Chief Minister on Information Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, while commenting on Gilgit-Baltistan elections, said that it requires grace to accept defeat. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader took to Twitter on Tuesday and said the opposition is unwilling to accept the results of GB polls while people voted in favor of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice-president Maryam Nawaz and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari have been rejected and should understand that transparent elections are not only those in which they secure victory. PML-N and PPP should now show courage and give sanctity to vote, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan remarked. 

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GB Election: Official results of 12 constituencies announced

GILGIT (Dunya News) - The Election Commission of Gilgit-Baltistan has released the official results of 12 constituencies in the 2020 GB election. According to the official results, Amjad Hussain of PPP won from GBA-1 with 10,875 votes while independent candidate Raees Sultan came second with 7,482 votes. From GBA-4, Amjad Hussain of Pakistan People’s Party won with 6,104 votes while Ayub Waziri of Islami Tehreek Pakistan (ITP) came second with 5,606 votes. From GBA-5, Independent candidate Javed Ali Manwa won with 2,562 votes while independent candidate Zulfiqar Ali Murad came second with 2,149 votes. From GBA-6, Obaidullah Baig of PTI won with 5,624 votes while independent candidate Noor Mohammad came second with 4,584 votes. From GBA-7, Zakaria Maqpoon of PTI won with 5,288 votes while Syed Mehdi Shah of PPP came second with 4,140 votes. From GBA-8, Muhammad Kazim of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) won with 7,842 votes while Syed Muhammad Ali Shah of PPP came second with 6,904 votes. From GBA-10, Independent candidate Raja Nasir Ali won with 4,811 votes while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Minister Hassan came second with 3,439 votes. From GBA-12, Raja Azam Khan of PTI won with 10,283 votes while Imran Nadeem of PPP came second with 8,714 votes. From GBA-14, Shamsul Haq of PTI won with 5,237 votes while Muzaffar Ali of PPP came second with 3,620 votes. From GBA-15, Independent candidate Haji Shah Baig won with 2,685 votes while independent candidate Mohammad Dil Pazir came second with 2,517 votes. From GBA-18, Haji Gulbar Khan of PTI won with 4,059 votes while independent candidate Malik Kifayat-ur-Rehman came second with 3,544 votes. From GBA-23, Independent candidate Abdul Hameed won with 3,696 votes while Amna Ansari of PTI came second with 3,180 votes.

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PPP takes to the streets against alleged rigging in Gilgit-Baltistan election

GILGIT (Dunya News) – Workers of Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) on Monday took to the street against alleged rigging in general election of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA). The charged workers of the PPP staged a protest demonstration, burned tyres outside RO office and blocked the road for traffic. The die-hard PPP workers staged a sit-in on the highway at Yaseen in Ghazar district. There are reports that hundreds of PPP protesters are participating in the protest. The PPP staged a sit-in against alleged rigging in Gilgit Baltistan elections in front of the deputy commissioner’s office in Gilgit city. The PPP candidate, Jamil Ahmed was leading by 400 votes last night in the final count but in the morning he was shown as trailing by 2 votes. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto also joined the protest and addressed the crowd gathered there. In his fiery speech he said that the PPP candidates were pressurized to leave the party and join the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf but each and every one of them remained steadfast with the party except one. He said that when the authorities witnessed the support for PPP by the people of GB from Siachen to Gilgit, they got worried. The election commission started supporting the illegal acts of the PTI ministers. He said that so much so that the chief election commissioner went to Islamabad and held a press conference in Islamabad against opposition instead of stopping government ministers from illegal acts. Even the Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Gilgit. Bilawal said that three seats were clearly snatched from the PPP but warned that no one will be allowed to do so. He said that PPP will continue its protest at every place where rigging has occurred. We will not allow the puppet, the selected and the selectors to steal the elections. The selectors knew that PTI does not exist in Gilgit Baltistan. Everyone knows that the people of GB are with the PPP. “The people of GB snatched their rights from Dogra Raj and they will again snatch back their rights,” he said and added he is under pressure by the people and warned the powers to be, not to push him to the extent that he takes extreme measures. The PPP chairman asked people to continue their protest and if the seats which were snatched through rigging are not given to the people and the PPP then the protest will go to Islamabad and he will lead that protest. He said that he is not going anywhere till the rights of the people are given to them. He said: “If the rigging is not reversed then he will choose an extreme and difficult path but that will be the path to victory, adding that he had already warned to accept the verdict of the people otherwise there will be dire consequence.”  

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People of Gilgit-Baltistan rejected PDM's narrative: PM Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed satisfaction over winning the Gilgit-Baltistan elections and said that the voters have rejected Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM)’s narrative. Prime Minister Imran Khan made these remarks at a meeting of party leaders and spokespersons on Monday. He said that the newly formed government would solve the problems of people of Gilgit-Baltistan and that the opposition has no interest in the country. On the other hand, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Senator Shibli Faraz said that the victory of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was an expression of the confidence that people of Gilgit-Baltistan have in Prime Minister Imran Khan’s leadership. In his tweet, he said that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan have outright rejected the narrative pushed by PML-N and given the seal of approval to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s narrative. Shibli Faraz termed the Gilgit-Baltistan elections as transparent and said that PML-N had started crying foul before the election was even conducted. It is their belief that the only fair election is the one they win, he added.  

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Mandate of people was stolen in Gilgit-Baltistan election: Bilawal

GILGIT (Dunya News) – Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday said that the rights of the people have been robbed by stealing the mandate. Addressing the party workers on Monday, protests will be held in the constituencies where there had been rigging and his party won’t sit until getting the seats it won, adding that Gilgit-Baltistan will not be handed over to eight puppets. He said that the candidates were pressurised for joining the ruling PTI, adding that the polls were rigged. “The protection of your vote was the job of the Election Commission,” he said adding that the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) targeted the opposition. "Our candidate lost by two votes. They are trying to steal three seats but we will not let them." The PPP chairman said that Gilgit-Baltistan cannot be handed over to puppets and selected, adding that the puppets had no idea that they would win the election. He said the PTI doesn’t even have a candidate for the chief minister. “We will continue election campaign and protest and his party would march towards Islamabad if justice is not delivered,” he added. Earlier today in a tweet after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won Gilgit-Baltistan elections, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardar said on Monday that his election has been stolen. The PPP chairman took to Twitter and said he will be joining the people of Gilgit-Baltistan in their protest shortly. My election has been stolen. I will be joining the people of Gilgit-Baltistan in their protest shortly. — BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) November 16, 2020 It is pertinent here to mention that PTI won the most seats in Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly elections – held on Sunday – but failed to win an outright majority. According to unofficial/unconfirmed results, PTI secured nine seats while PPP got four seats, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) grabbed two seats, MWM secured one seat and independent candidates have secured seven seats. PML-N Vice-president Maryam Nawaz said that it is shameful for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to not get a simple majority in Gilgit-Baltistan elections despite use of full state machinery and institutions. Maryam Nawaz, in a series of tweets, said that neither PTI had any existence earlier in Gilgit-Baltistan nor does it has now and the few seats PTI got in this elections were because of rigging in the elections. She further said that PTI will form government with the help of crunches just like it formed government in Punjab and Centre despite not having a simple majority. Maryam also addressed the people of Gilgit-Baltistan through her tweet that they must not lose their courage. “This wall of sand is about to fall and show of puppet is about to be over,” said the PML-N leader.

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People threw in dustbin narrative of PDM, Nawaz by voting for PTI: Shibli

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz said that the people threw in dustbin the narrative of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and Nawaz Sharif and voted in favour of Pakistan Tehreek I Insaf (PTI) in the election of Gilgit Baltistan awarding the party a majority. Addressing a press conference here, he said people and candidates in Gilgit Baltistan took part in elections and the democratic process and some candidates won and some lost. This time those persons lost elections who were campaigning in Gilgit Baltistan for a month and were on nerves of people, he added. The minister said opposition claimed that the elections will be a referendum but the people rejected it in the polls. The people of Gilgit Baltistan voted with a democratic mindset and chose their progress, prosperity, development and bright future, he added. The minister said the senior most leadership of opposition campaigned for the elections but they did not have moral reason to tell on which basis they wanted vote of people. Both parties in their ten year tenures did nothing for the people in the sectors of education, health and industry and only paid lip service, he said adding the media fully covered the election campaign with their cameras and teams. The minister said the opposition was talking about rigging before and after the election. Opposition was changing its narrative and now it was being said that people of Gilgit Baltistan always go with the federal government. Shibli stressed that the elections were free, fair and transparent adding PTI could have win more seats if the opposition’s claims of rigging were accepted. Pakistan Tehreek i Insaf got the majority in the elections, he said adding for the opposition only those elections were fair in which it will win. Opposition did the same thing in 2018 and cried about rigging without giving any proofs, he recalled. The minister said PTI waged struggle for transparency in elections and it raised the issue of rigging in 2018 in the Election Commission, Parliament, the courts and four constituencies were opened on its demand. Opposition sitting in assemblies was getting paid while Maulana Fazlur Rehman contested election in the Parliament for the post of President. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi lost the election from his home constituency and then he won the National Assembly seat from Lahore. He said leaders of opposition parties did not want to pursue allegations of rigging further admitting that the elections in Gilgit Baltistan were fair. He said the Sharif family, ministers of PMLN, and its second tier leadership were involved in corruption. Now the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and anti corruption department with the permission of the courts would go after corrupt people in political parties. “We have data and we will go after the corrupt as people of Pakistan have given the mandate to PTI to hold the corrupt accountable.” He said political victimization occurred when a case was filed against Prime Minister Imran Khan when he was not in the government and after fighting a case for one year and putting proofs before the court, he was declared honest and truthful. Maryam Nawaz was beneficial owner of Avenfield apartments in London and faced charges on which many people were disqualified, he observed and said the opposition built a narrative of political victimization while Nawaz Sharif was acting as a don. There should be difference between honest and corrupt persons and merit should be observed, he added. Shibli said PTI would ensure rule of law in the country and it will go after the corrupt. The PTI government was observing austerity and nobody was living a pompous life in the Prime Minister House as happened in the past, he added. To a question, he said the government will bring further changes in the election laws to introduce electronic voting and show of hands in the election in Senate as a part of its efforts to make the process transparent. The government will strengthen democracy by following the rule of law, he said adding opposition would have to tell how its leaders accumulated assets of billions of rupees. He thanked the people of Gilgit Baltistan for giving PTI nine seats of the assembly. 

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GB Election Results: Party position in Gilgit-Baltistan

GILGIT (Dunya News) - As unofficial results of the Gilgit-Baltistan elections were being released, out of 23 constituencies, the PTI was leading with nine seats followed by independent candidates who have so far won seven seats. Below are the details of party position in Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly. PTI (9) PTI has won 9 seats out 23 contested seats. Abaidullah Baig won in the GBA-6 with 5622 votes; Raja Muhammad Zakeria Khan won in the GB-7 with 5260; Syed Amjad Ali won in the GB-11 with 5872 votes; Raja Azam Khan won in the GB-12 with 10283 votes. Khalid Khursheed won in the GB-13 with 4836 votes; Shamsul Haq Lone won in the GB-14 with 5,418 votes; Haider Khan won in GB-17 with 5389 votes; Haji Gulbar Khan won in GB-18 with 6793 votes and Nazir Ahmed won GB-20 with 5430 votes Independents -7 After PTI, independents were ahead with unofficial victories in six constituencies. Haji Shah Baig won the GB-15 constituency with 2685 votes; Javed Ali Manwa won with 2,443 votes in the GB-5; Mushtaq Hussain won with 6,051 votes in the GB-22; Nawaz Khan Naji won in the GB-19 with 6,448 votes. Abdul Hameed Khan won in the GB-23 with 3,696 votes; Nasir Ali Khan won in the GB-10 with 4667 votes; and Wazir Muhammad Saleem won GB-9 with 6,286 votes. PPP (4) The independents were followed by PPP, which was in the lead in four constituencies. As per unofficial results, Jamil Ahmed won GB-2 with 8817 votes; Muhammad Ismail won in the GB-24 with 6,204 votes; and Amjad Hussain in both the GB-I, with 11,178 votes and GB-4 with 11,178 votes. PML-N (2) The PML-N has won two constituencies. Ghulam Muhammad bagged 4609 votes to win GB-21 while Muhammad Anwar received 5605 votes to win GB-16. Others (1) Unofficial results also showed Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen candidate having won the GB-8, with 7,842 votes. DISTRICT WISE PARTY POSITION - 2020

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JUI-F rejects results of Gilgit-Baltistan elections

LAHORE (Dunya News) – Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) has on Monday rejected the results of Gilgit-Baltistan elections as party president Fazal-ur-Rehman said history of 2018 general elections has been repeated. The JUI-F chief said in his statement that the incompetent and selected rulers will not be allowed to digest the results of GB polls. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will not be permitted to ruin Gilgit-Baltistan after Pakistan, he stressed. Fazal-ur-Rehman said selection took place in GB instead of elections and it has been decided that the matter will be highlighted in the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) meeting and a joint strategy will be devised. On the other hand, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that his election has been stolen and he will be joining the people of Gilgit-Baltistan in their protest shortly. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice-president Maryam Nawaz said that it is shameful for PTI to not get a simple majority in Gilgit-Baltistan elections despite use of full state machinery and institutions. Maryam Nawaz, in a series of tweets, said that neither PTI had any existence earlier in Gilgit-Baltistan nor does it has now and the few seats PTI got in this elections were because of rigging in the elections. She further said that PTI will form government with the help of crunches just like it formed government in Punjab and Centre despite not having a simple majority. Maryam also addressed the people of Gilgit-Baltistan through her tweet that they must not lose their courage. “This wall of sand is about to fall and show of puppet is about to be over,” said the PML-N leader. 

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My election has been stolen: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – After Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won Gilgit-Baltistan elections, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardar said on Monday that his election has been stolen. The PPP chairman took to Twitter and said he will be joining the people of Gilgit-Baltistan in their protest shortly. My election has been stolen. I will be joining the people of Gilgit-Baltistan in their protest shortly. — BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) November 16, 2020 It is pertinent here to mention that PTI won the most seats in Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly elections – held on Sunday – but failed to win an outright majority. According to unofficial/unconfirmed results, PTI secured nine seats while PPP got four seats, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) grabbed two seats, MWM secured one seat and independent candidates have secured seven seats. PML-N Vice-president Maryam Nawaz said that it is shameful for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to not get a simple majority in Gilgit-Baltistan elections despite use of full state machinery and institutions. Maryam Nawaz, in a series of tweets, said that neither PTI had any existence earlier in Gilgit-Baltistan nor does it has now and the few seats PTI got in this elections were because of rigging in the elections. She further said that PTI will form government with the help of crunches just like it formed government in Punjab and Centre despite not having a simple majority. Maryam also addressed the people of Gilgit-Baltistan through her tweet that they must not lose their courage. “This wall of sand is about to fall and show of puppet is about to be over,” said the PML-N leader.

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Shahid Khaqan accuses caretaker setup of influencing GB elections

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday accused caretaker setup in Gilgit-Baltistan of influencing the general election process of the region. Addressing a press conference in federal capital, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that in order to rig election against PML-N, six candidates of the party were pressurized. He further said that federal ministers openly violated election code of conduct and Centre took control of powers of the public of Gilgit-Baltistan. On the other hand, Maryam Nawaz said that it is shameful for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to not get a simple majority in Gilgit-Baltistan elections despite use of full state machinery and institutions. Maryam Nawaz, in a series of tweets, said that neither PTI had any existence earlier in Gilgit-Baltistan nor does it has now and the few seats PTI got in this elections were because of rigging in the elections. She further said that PTI will form government with the help of crunches just like it formed government in Punjab and Centre despite not having a simple majority. Maryam also addressed the people of Gilgit-Baltistan through her tweet that they must not lose their courage. “This wall of sand is about to fall and show of puppet is about to be over,” said the PML-N leader. 

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'Shameful for PTI to not get simple majority despite use of state machinery'

LAHORE (Dunya News) – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz on Monday said that it is shameful for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to not get a simple majority in Gilgit-Baltistan elections despite use of full state machinery and institutions. Maryam Nawaz, in a series of tweets, said that neither PTI had any existence earlier in Gilgit-Baltistan nor does it has now and the few seats PTI got in this elections were because of rigging in the elections. She further said that PTI will form government with the help of crunches just like it formed government in Punjab and Centre despite not having a simple majority. Maryam also addressed the people of Gilgit-Baltistan through her tweet that they must not lose their courage. “This wall of sand is about to fall and show of puppet is about to be over,” said the PML-N leader. 

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People of Gilgit-Baltistan rejected Nawaz Sharif's narrative: Haleem Adil Sheikh

KARACHI (Dunya News) – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) from Sindh Haleem Adil Sheikh has on Monday said that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan have rejected former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s narrative. Haleem Adil Sheikh held a press conference at Insaf House in Karachi and said PTI’s competition in GB elections was with independent candidates as Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice-president Maryam Nawaz and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had gone on a vacation in Gilgit-Baltistan. The PTI leader said people were scared when Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said he will turn Gilgit-Baltistan into Sindh after winning the polls and lost the elections due to his statement. He said the people of GB listened to all but voted wisely keeping in mind their future as Gilgit-Baltistan is being given the status of a province. Haleem Adil Sheikh added that PTI stopped holding public gatherings over the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) directions and the circus of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) should also be closed now. He said it is necessary to follow the NCOC decisions. 

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PTI's win in GB elections reflection of people's confidence on PM Imran: Shibli

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz has said PTI’s triumph in Gilgit Baltistan elections is reflection of the confidence of the people of the region on the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan. In his tweet on Monday, he said the people of Gilgit Baltistan has rejected the narrative of the PML (N) and endorsed the ideology of Imran Khan. On the other hand, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has said that people of Gilgit-Baltistan have rejected Nawaz Sharif and Maryam’s narrative against state institutions. Fawad Chaudhry, in a tweet, said that public of Gilgit-Baltistan have rejected Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and company. CM Punjab Usman Buzdar congratulated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidates over victory in Gilgit-Baltistan elections and said people expressed complete faith in the leadership and policies of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The Punjab CM said in his statement that it has been proven people are with honest rulers and PTI is the most popular party. PTI has emerged victorious in GB on the basis of its performance, he said while adding that it is a triumph of ‘Naya Pakistan’ and agenda of change. Usman Buzdar said PTI’s victory in Gilgit-Baltistan is in fact the success of transparent Pakistan. The negative politics of those who looted national resources in the past has ended, he added. 

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PML-N, PPP's former chief ministers lose GB elections

SKARDU (Dunya News) – Two former chief ministers of Gilgit-Baltistan belonging to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have lost elections whereas speaker of the legislative assembly has also been rejected by people. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Raja Muhammad Zakaria Khan Maqpoon defeated former GB CM Syed Mehdi Shah of PPP in GBA-7, SKARDU-I. Likewise, PPP’s Jamil Ahmed defeated PML-N candidate and erstwhile chief minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman in GBA-2, GILGIT-II. Independent candidate Wazir Muhammad Saleem emerged victorious against PTI candidate and speaker of the legislative assembly Fida Muhammad Nashad in GBA-9, SKARDU-III. 

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Masses expressed confidence in PM Imran during GB elections: Firdous

LAHORE (Dunya News) – Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that people have expressed confidence in Prime Minister Imran Khan during general elections in Gilgit-Baltistan. Firdous Ashiq, in a tweet on Monday, said that people came out in extreme cold to reject anti-state narrative of Jati Umra. She, while urging Maryam and Bilawal to accept election results, said that change has taken place in Gilgit-Baltistan (‘tabdeli a gaye hy’). On the other hand, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has said that people of Gilgit-Baltistan have rejected Nawaz Sharif and Maryam’s narrative against state institutions. Fawad Chaudhry, in a tweet, said that public of Gilgit-Baltistan have rejected Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and company. Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar also congratulated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidates over victory in Gilgit-Baltistan elections and said people expressed complete faith in the leadership and policies of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The Punjab CM said in his statement that it has been proven people are with honest rulers and PTI is the most popular party. PTI has emerged victorious in GB on the basis of its performance, he said while adding that it is a triumph of ‘Naya Pakistan’ and agenda of change. Usman Buzdar said PTI’s victory in Gilgit-Baltistan is in fact the success of transparent Pakistan. The negative politics of those who looted national resources in the past has ended, he added. 

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GB public buried anti-state narrative of Maryam, Nawaz: Shahbaz Gill

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Special Assistant to Prime Minister for Political Communication Dr. Shahbaz Gill has said that public of Gilgit-Baltistan has buried anti-state narrative of Maryam and his father Nawaz Sharif. Shahbaz Gill, in a tweet, said that a senior leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) from Lahore has distanced himself from practical politics due to anti-state narrative of the party leadership but unfortunately, Maryam, who is consumed by hatred and jealousy, will never learn from these lessons. He, reacting to victory of PTI in Gilgit-Baltistan elections, said that public has expressed confidence on Prime Minister Imran Khan. On the other hand, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has said that people of Gilgit-Baltistan have rejected Nawaz Sharif and Maryam’s narrative against state institutions. Fawad Chaudhry, in a tweet, said that public of Gilgit-Baltistan have rejected Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and company. CM Punjab Usman Buzdar congratulated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidates over victory in Gilgit-Baltistan elections and said people expressed complete faith in the leadership and policies of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The Punjab CM said in his statement that it has been proven people are with honest rulers and PTI is the most popular party. PTI has emerged victorious in GB on the basis of its performance, he said while adding that it is a triumph of ‘Naya Pakistan’ and agenda of change. Usman Buzdar said PTI’s victory in Gilgit-Baltistan is in fact the success of transparent Pakistan. The negative politics of those who looted national resources in the past has ended, he added. 

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GB People rejected Nawaz's narrative against state institutions: Fawad

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has said that people of Gilgit-Baltistan have rejected Nawaz Sharif and Maryam’s narrative against state institutions. Fawad Chaudhry, in a tweet, said that public of Gilgit-Baltistan have rejected Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and company. On the other hand, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar congratulated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidates over victory in Gilgit-Baltistan elections and said people expressed complete faith in the leadership and policies of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The Punjab CM said in his statement that it has been proven people are with honest rulers and PTI is the most popular party. PTI has emerged victorious in GB on the basis of its performance, he said while adding that it is a triumph of ‘Naya Pakistan’ and agenda of change. Usman Buzdar said PTI’s victory in Gilgit-Baltistan is in fact the success of transparent Pakistan. The negative politics of those who looted national resources in the past has ended, he added. 

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CM Buzdar congratulates PTI over victory in Gilgit-Baltistan elections

LAHORE (Dunya News) – Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has on Monday congratulated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidates over victory in Gilgit-Baltistan elections and said people expressed complete faith in the leadership and policies of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The Punjab CM said in his statement that it has been proven people are with honest rulers and PTI is the most popular party. PTI has emerged victorious in GB on the basis of its performance, he said while adding that it is a triumph of ‘Naya Pakistan’ and agenda of change. Usman Buzdar said PTI’s victory in Gilgit-Baltistan is in fact the success of transparent Pakistan. The negative politics of those who looted national resources in the past has ended, he added.

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CEC GB expresses satisfaction over election arrangements

GILGIT (APP):Chief Election Commissioner, Gilgit Baltistan, Raja Shahbaz Khan Sunday expressed satisfaction over the election arrangements, process and security related matters during his visit to the different polling stations of GBA 1 and 2 constituencies. Talking to the media, Raja Shahbaz said that the process of polling was continued smoothly and no complains or reservations have been received from any candidate or voters across Gilgit-Baltistan. The polling process for the general elections of Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly was continued amid tight security arrangements and the anti-Covid Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Over 700,000 voters including 126997 fresh voters from 23 constituencies of 10 districts of Gilgit-Baltistan were eligible to cast their votes in favour of their candidate out of total 330 contesting election. The polling process started at 8:00 am and continued till 5:00 pm without any break. All the voters belonging to every field of life voted for their favourite candidate on the Election Day which will decide the fate of the province.  

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PTI wins Gilgit-Baltistan elections but falls short of majority

GILGIT (Dunya News) – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won the most seats in the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly elections but failed to win an outright majority, Dunya News reported on Sunday. According to unofficial/unconfirmed results, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) secured nine seats while PPP got four seats, PML-N grabbed two seats, MWM secured one seat and independent candidates have secured seven seats in the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly elections held on Sunday. Polling which started at 8am continued until 5pm without any break. There were 24 seats for the contest but polling on one seat was postponed, leaving 23 seats up for grabs. As many as 330 candidates, including four women, were in the contest. Elections had been delayed in GBLA-3 following the death of PTI Gilgit-Baltistan President retired Justice Jaffer Shah from coronavirus. At least 1,26,997 fresh voters have also used right of vote in general elections of Gilgit-Baltistan. - Background - The territory of Gilgit-Baltistan was granted limited autonomy in 2009 after the then-President Asif Ali Zardari signed the Empowerment and Self Governance Order in a bid to empower its over 1 million population. In November 2020, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that Gilgit-Baltistan would be given the status of a provisional province, and the process to fully convert it into an actual province is currently underway PPP won the first elections in 2009 while PML-N emerged victorious in the second election, winning 22 seats out of a total of 33. The 2020 polls were originally scheduled to be held in July but had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. - Constituencies - Gilgit Baltistan has a total of 24 constituencies while its assembly has 33 seats. The political candidates will contest for 24 out of 33 seats while the remaining seats are reserved for women (6) and technocrats (3). According to the Election Commission of GB, the total number of registered voters is 745,361, of which 339,992 are women. Nearly 1,234 polling stations have been set up in 24 constituencies, of which 415 had been declared extremely sensitive. Police, GB Scouts, the Rangers and FC personnel would be deployed to ensure a smooth election process. GB caretaker Chief Minister Mir Afzal had earlier announced that Pakistan Army’s support would not be sought for the upcoming elections. - Unofficial Results - Unofficial results of twenty three constituencies GB-1, GB-2, GB-4, GB-5, GB-6, GB-7, GB-8, GB-9, GB-10, GB-11, GB-12, GB-13, GB-14, GB-15, GB-16, GB-17, GB-18, GB-19, GB-20, GB-21, GB-22, GB-23 and GB-24 have been declared. PTI secured nine seats while PPP got four seats, PML-N grabbed two seats, MWM secured one seat and independent candidates have secured seven seats. — GBA-1, GILGIT-1 PPP canidate Amjad Hussain: 11178 votes Independent candidate Moulana Sultan Raees: 8356 votes — GBA-2, GILGIT-II PPP candidate Jamil Ahmed: 8817 votes PML-N candidate Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman: 6607 votes — GBA-4 NAGAR-I PPP candidate Amjad Hussain: 4716 votes ITP candidate Muhammad Ayub Waziri: 4291 votes — GBA-5 NAGAR-II Independent candidate Javed Ali Manva: 2570 votes MWM candidate Haji Rizwan Ali: 1850 votes — GBA-6, HUNZA PTI candidate Abaid Ullah Baig: 5622 votes Independent candidate Noor Muhammad: 4584 votes — GBA-7, SKARDU-I PTI candidate Raja Muhammad Zakaria Khan Maqpoon: 5290 votes PPP candidate Syed Mehdi Shah: 4114 votes — GBA-8, SKARDU-II MWM Muhammad Kazim: 7534 votes PPP candidate Muhammad Ali Shah: 7146 votes — GBA-9, SKARDU-III Independent candidate Wazir Muhammad Saleem: 6865 votes PTI candidate Fida Muhammad Nashad: 5236 votes — GBA-10, SKARDU-IV Independent candidate Raja Nasir Ali: 5124 votes PTI candidate Wazir Hassan: 3684 votes — GBA-11 KHARMANG PTI candidate Syed Amjad Zaidi: 5872 votes Independent candidate Syed Mohsin Rizvi: 1396 votes — GBA-12 SHIGAR PTI candidate Raja Muhammad Azam Khan: 9322 votes PPP candidate Imran Nadeem: 7663 votes — GBA-13, ASTORE-1 PTI candidate M Khalid Khurshid Khan: 4836 votes PML-N candidate Rana Farman Ali: 3528 votes — GBA-14, ASTORE-II PTI candidate Shamsul Haq Loon: 5354 votes PPP candidate Dr Muzaffar Ali: 3479 votes — GBA-15, DIAMER-I Independent candidate Haji Shah Baig: 2713 votes Independent candidate Muhammad Dilpazir: 2309 votes — GBA-16, DIAMER-II PML-N candidate Eng. Muhammad Anwar: 4813 votes Independent candidate Attaullah: 4314 votes — GBA-17, DIAMER-III PTI candidate Haider Khan: 5389 votes JUI-F candidate Rehmat Khaliq: 5162 votes — GBA-18, DIAMER-IV PTI candidate Haji Gulbar Khan: 6793 votes Independent candidate Malik Kifayatur Rehman: 5986 votes — GBA-19, GHIZER-I Independent candidate Nawaz Khan Naji: 6208 votes PPP candidate Syed Jalal Shah: 4967 votes — GBA-20, GHIZER-II PTI candidate Nazir Ahmed: 5582 votes PML-Q candidate Khan Akbar Khan: 3815 votes — GBA-21, GHIZER-III PML-N candidate Ghulam Muhammad: 4334 votes PPP candidate Muhammad Ayub Shah: 3430 votes — GBA-22, GHANCHE-I Independent candidate Mushtaq Hussain: 6051 votes PTI candidate Ibrahim Sanai: 4945 votes — GBA-23, GHANCHE-II Independent candidate Amanullah: 3666 votes PTI candidate Amina Bibi: 3296 votes — GBA-24, GHANCHE-III PPP candidate Mohammad Ismail: 6206 votes PTI candidate Syed Shamsuddin: 5361 votes  

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Gilgit-Baltistan Election 2020 results: Reactions of PTI leaders

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - Results for the general elections of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) have started pouring in as counting is underway across the region after a daylong polling in the landmark general elections held under tight security. According to the unofficial results it seems that PTI is leading in the GB elections so far. To celebrate victory and to criticize opposition parties and Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), PTI leaders took to the social media. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Umar in his tweet said “Young Volunteers Needed .. Volunteers are needed to wrap PDM s belongings after the worst defeat in GB, and bury their statement”.     — Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) November 15, 2020 On the other hand PTI leader and federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has said that according to media reports, PTI is winning the GB elections. Hopefully, today s shocking defeat will make the PDM leadership realize how angry the people are with their statement and instead of adopting a frivolous statement of rigging, they should consider a change in their politics and leadership   — Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) November 15, 2020   Dr Shahbaz Gill in his tweet said that Pakistan and Imran khan has been respected while Maryam, Mian Proud, and anti-Pakistan narrative rejected by the people of Gilgit-Baltistan.     — Dr. Shahbaz GiLL (@SHABAZGIL) November 15, 2020 Federal Minister Shibli Faraz has congratulated people of Gilgit-Baltistan and said that the polling process was completed in a peaceful and cheerful manner. The full participation of the people including elders and women and transparency in the election process was shown by the media through the eyes of their cameras. He said that the media and the people of Gilgit-Baltistan have rejected the expected rigging statement of the opposition.     — Senator Shibli Faraz (@shiblifaraz) November 15, 2020 Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Usman Dar has thanked the people of Gilgit-Baltistan for casting vote to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidates in the general election. The PTI was going to form the government in GB and it was committed to resolve the issues being facing by the people of the area, he said. He said no rigging incident was reported in any constituency as the election was held in amicable and transparent manner. Usman Dar said the PTI government would complete its constitutional term and would win the general election 2023 on basis of performance and prudent policies as the micro economic indicators were going in right direction. He said the previous government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had left fragile economy by taking huge foreign loans during its regime.

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Rashid appreciates people for exhibiting political maturity in voting GB polls

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmad on Sunday appreciated the people of Northern Areas for exhibiting political maturity in voting process of Gilgit-Baltistan. He said that despite international political threats and sensitivity of the region, a large number of people particularly womensegment of society came out of their houses for casting vote in G-B elections. The Gilgit-Baltistan, is a hub of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he said. He further stated that people of these areas were displaying strong determination and enthusiasm, in voting process so that they could achieve progress and prosperity through CPEC. Commenting on G-B on going voting process, he hoped that Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI), with Majlis Wahadat-e-Muslimeen (MWM), and independent candidates, would form the government to continue the welfare programs for the people of this region. About Pakistan Muslim League-N, he said that mountainous people had given votes to Pakistan Peoples Party and PML-N, in the past elections, but now, the G-B voters are looking towards the PTI s leadership, in resolution of their issues.  

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Enthusiasm of GB's people a testament to their commitment to democracy: Bilawal

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Sunday said that enthusiasm of people of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) during election day is a testament to their commitment to democracy. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, in a tweet, lauded people for actively participating in the voting process and while urging the election commission to ensure that every vote is casted and counted, said that the commission must not fail the people. On the other hand, Giglit-Baltistan Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Raja Shehbaz Khan paid a visit to central control room established to monitor general elections in Gilgit-Baltistan and expressed satisfaction over the performance of the local administration in conducting the polls. It is to be mentioned here that voting for the general elections of Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly is underway amid tight security, with over 330 candidates, including some political bigwigs, in the running. As many as 126,997 fresh voters will poll their right of vote in general elections of Gilgit-Baltistan. A district wise voter list has been issued from Election Commission of GB, which showed that in election 2015, total numbers of voters were 618,364. In 2020, total registered voters are 745,361, which shows that 126997 fresh voters will poll their votes in favor of their candidates in upcoming general election of GB. Overall District Diamer GB has more voters with a figure of 119452 than other districts of GB. While, district Nagir of GB has less voters among other districts of GB with a total figure of 37172 voters. A total of 1,160 polling stations have been set up for GB elections, out of which 311 polling stations have been declared sensitive and 428 have been declared highly sensitive.

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PTI govt has to be sent packing: Maryam Nawaz

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz on Sunday has said that the government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has to be sent packing. In a post on social-networking website Twitter, the PML-N vice president claimed the incumbent government is so much afraid of PML-N that it had arrested leaders in Gilgit-Baltistan before every rally. The selected prime minister became nervous over the public gatherings of opposition leaders for Gilgit-Baltistan elections, she added. The reaction came as voting for the general elections of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) is underway amid tight security and coronavirus pandemic threat. As many as 330 candidates including four women are contesting the general elections in 23 constituencies of GB Assembly. Elections have been delayed in GBLA-3 following the death of PTI Gilgit-Baltistan President retired Justice Jaffer Shah from coronavirus. At least 1,26,997 fresh voters are expected to poll their right of vote in general elections of Gilgit-Baltistan. A district wise voter list has been issued from Election Commission of GB, which showed that in election 2015, total numbers of voters were 618,364. In 2020, total registered voters are 745,361, which shows that 126997 fresh voters will poll their votes in favor of their candidates in upcoming general election of GB.  

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People of GB exercising their democratic right to vote for bright future: Shibli

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz Sunday said that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, with the power of their vote, will reject the incompetents imposed on them for a decade, because their priority has never been the welfare of the people. In a tweet on Sunday, he said, today, the people of Gilgit-Baltistan are exercising their democratic right to vote for their bright future. Their passion shows that they are desirous of change. It is pertinent to mention here that voting for the general elections of Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly on Sunday is underway amid tight security, with over 330 candidates, including some political bigwigs, in the running. As many as 126,997 fresh voters will poll their right of vote in general elections of Gilgit-Baltistan. A district wise voter list has been issued from Election Commission of GB, which showed that in election 2015, total numbers of voters were 618,364. In 2020, total registered voters are 745,361, which shows that 126997 fresh voters will poll their votes in favor of their candidates in upcoming general election of GB. Overall District Diamer GB has more voters with a figure of 119452 than other districts of GB. While, district Nagir of GB has less voters among other districts of GB with a total figure of 37172 voters. A total of 1,160 polling stations have been set up for GB elections, out of which 311 polling stations have been declared sensitive and 428 have been declared highly sensitive.

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Gilgit-Baltistan CEC Raja Shehbaz visits control room, inspects arrangements for polls

GILGIT (Dunya News) – Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Raja Shehbaz Khan on Sunday has visited central control room established to monitor general elections in Gilgit-Baltistan. According to details, the CEC inspected arrangements at the control room while Gilgit-Baltistan’s chief secretary also briefed him on the occasion. Raja Shehbaz expressed satisfaction over the performance of the local administration in conducting the polls.   It is to be mentioned here that the polling for GB elections started at 8am and will continue until 5 pm without any break. As many as 330 candidates including four women are contesting the general elections in 23 constituencies of GB Assembly. Elections have been delayed in GBLA-3 following the death of PTI Gilgit-Baltistan President retired Justice Jaffer Shah from coronavirus. At least 1,26,997 fresh voters are expected to poll their right of vote in general elections of Gilgit-Baltistan.  

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GB elections: Local administration ensures COVID-19 SOPs during polling

GILGIT (Dunya News) – The local administration has directed to ensure implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) to prevent spread of coronavirus outbreak as voting for the general elections in Gilgit-Baltistan is underway today (Sunday). According to details, the polling staff and voters have been ordered to wear face masks and take other precautionary measures to curb covid-19 epidemic. The security personnel have also been directed to implement SOPs. It is to be mentioned here that the polling for GB elections started at 8am and will continue until 5 pm without any break. As many as 330 candidates including four women are contesting the general elections in 23 constituencies of GB Assembly. Elections have been delayed in GBLA-3 following the death of PTI Gilgit-Baltistan President retired Justice Jaffer Shah from coronavirus. At least 1,26,997 fresh voters are expected to poll their right of vote in general elections of Gilgit-Baltistan. 

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PTI will form govt in Gilgit-Baltistan: Asad Umar

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar Sunday said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf will form government in Gilgit-Baltistan after today’s election. Asad Umar, in a tweet, said that after historic federal packages for Karachi and South Balochistan, now work will start on package for Gilgit-Baltistan. He further said that PTI, after winning elections will begin work for the region on emergency basis. It is pertinent to mention here that voting for the general elections of Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly on Sunday is underway amid tight security, with over 330 candidates, including some political bigwigs, in the running. As many as 126,997 fresh voters will poll their right of vote in general elections of Gilgit-Baltistan. A district wise voter list has been issued from Election Commission of GB, which showed that in election 2015, total numbers of voters were 618,364. In 2020, total registered voters are 745,361, which shows that 126997 fresh voters will poll their votes in favor of their candidates in upcoming general election of GB. Overall District Diamer GB has more voters with a figure of 119452 than other districts of GB. While, district Nagir of GB has less voters among other districts of GB with a total figure of 37172 voters. A total of 1,160 polling stations have been set up for GB elections, out of which 311 polling stations have been declared sensitive and 428 have been declared highly sensitive. 

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Voters will lay foundation of new Gilgit-Baltistan today: Firdous Ashiq

LAHORE (Dunya News) - Special Assistant to Chief Minister Punjab for Information Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan Sunday said that today people of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) will lay foundation of new Gilgit-Baltistan through free and fair elections. Firdous Ashiq Awan, in a tweet, said that first priority of government in new Gilgit-Baltistan will be end sense of deprivation, transfer of power to lower levels of government and granting people their rights. She further said that today’s transparent elections will be start of development and prosperity in Gilgit. It is pertinent to mention here that voting for the general elections of Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly on Sunday is underway amid tight security, with over 330 candidates, including some political bigwigs, in the running. As many as 126,997 fresh voters will poll their right of vote in general elections of Gilgit-Baltistan. A district wise voter list has been issued from Election Commission of GB, which showed that in election 2015, total numbers of voters were 618,364. In 2020, total registered voters are 745,361, which shows that 126997 fresh voters will poll their votes in favor of their candidates in upcoming general election of GB. Overall District Diamer GB has more voters with a figure of 119452 than other districts of GB. While, district Nagir of GB has less voters among other districts of GB with a total figure of 37172 voters. A total of 1,160 polling stations have been set up for GB elections, out of which 311 polling stations have been declared sensitive and 428 have been declared highly sensitive. 

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Gilgit-Baltistan Election 2020 results start pouring in

GILGIT (Dunya News) – Results for the general elections of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) have started pouring in as counting is underway across the region after a daylong polling in the landmark general elections held under tight security. Polling officially ended across Gilgit-Baltistan at 5pm local time on Sunday after millions took part in the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) general elections. The vote count has begun, a process that may last until the next day. Results of the election that allowed people to elect candidates for the GB Assembly is expected to be announced Monday. For updates related to Gilgit-Baltistan polls visit: https://dunyanews.tv/gbla2020/ The polling which started at 8am continued until 5pm without any break. There were 24 seats for the contest but polling on one seat was postponed, leaving 23 seats up for grabs. As many as 330 candidates, including four women, were in the contest. Elections had been delayed in GBLA-3 following the death of PTI Gilgit-Baltistan President retired Justice Jaffer Shah from coronavirus. At least 1,26,997 fresh voters have also used right of vote in general elections of Gilgit-Baltistan. Unofficial Results  Unofficial results of twenty three constituencies GB-1, GB-2, GB-4, GB-5, GB-6, GB-7, GB-8, GB-9, GB-10, GB-11, GB-12, GB-13, GB-14, GB-15, GB-16, GB-17, GB-18, GB-19, GB-20, GB-21, GB-22, GB-23 and GB-24 have been declared. PTI  secured nine seats while PPP got four seats, PML-N grabbed two seats, MWM secured one seat and independent candidates have secured seven seats. — GBA-1, GILGIT-1 PPP canidate Amjad Hussain: 11178 votes  Independent candidate Moulana Sultan Raees: 8356 votes — GBA-2, GILGIT-II PPP candidate Jamil Ahmed: 8817 votes PML-N candidate Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman: 6607 votes — GBA-4 NAGAR-I PPP candidate Amjad Hussain: 4716 votes ITP candidate Muhammad Ayub Waziri: 4291 votes — GBA-5 NAGAR-II Independent candidate Javed Ali Manva: 2570 votes MWM candidate Haji Rizwan Ali: 1850 votes — GBA-6, HUNZA PTI candidate Abaid Ullah Baig: 5622 votes Independent candidate Noor Muhammad: 4584 votes — GBA-7, SKARDU-I PTI candidate Raja Muhammad Zakaria Khan Maqpoon: 5290 votes PPP candidate Syed Mehdi Shah: 4114 votes — GBA-8, SKARDU-II   MWM Muhammad Kazim: 7534 votes PPP candidate Muhammad Ali Shah: 7146 votes — GBA-9, SKARDU-III Independent candidate Wazir Muhammad Saleem: 6865 votes PTI candidate Fida Muhammad Nashad: 5236 votes — GBA-10, SKARDU-IV Independent candidate Raja Nasir Ali: 5124 votes PTI candidate Wazir Hassan: 3684 votes — GBA-11 KHARMANG PTI candidate Syed Amjad Zaidi: 5872 votes Independent candidate Syed Mohsin Rizvi: 1396 votes — GBA-12 SHIGAR PTI candidate Raja Muhammad Azam Khan: 9322 votes PPP candidate Imran Nadeem: 7663 votes — GBA-13, ASTORE-1 PTI candidate M Khalid Khurshid Khan: 4836 votes PML-N candidate Rana Farman Ali: 3528 votes — GBA-14, ASTORE-II PTI candidate Shamsul Haq Loon: 5354 votes PPP candidate Dr Muzaffar Ali: 3479 votes — GBA-15, DIAMER-I Independent candidate Haji Shah Baig: 2713 votes Independent candidate Muhammad Dilpazir: 2309 votes — GBA-16, DIAMER-II PML-N candidate Eng. Muhammad Anwar: 4813 votes Independent candidate Attaullah: 4314 votes — GBA-17, DIAMER-III PTI candidate Haider Khan: 5389 votes JUI-F candidate Rehmat Khaliq: 5162 votes — GBA-18, DIAMER-IV PTI candidate Haji Gulbar Khan: 6793 votes Independent candidate Malik Kifayatur Rehman: 5986 votes — GBA-19, GHIZER-I Independent candidate Nawaz Khan Naji: 6208 votes PPP candidate Syed Jalal Shah: 4967 votes — GBA-20, GHIZER-II PTI candidate Nazir Ahmed: 5582 votes PML-Q candidate Khan Akbar Khan: 3815 votes — GBA-21, GHIZER-III PML-N candidate Ghulam Muhammad: 4334 votes PPP candidate Muhammad Ayub Shah: 3430 votes — GBA-22, GHANCHE-I Independent candidate Mushtaq Hussain: 6051 votes PTI candidate Ibrahim Sanai: 4945 votes — GBA-23, GHANCHE-II Independent candidate Amanullah: 3666 votes PTI candidate Amina Bibi: 3296 votes — GBA-24, GHANCHE-III PPP candidate Mohammad Ismail: 6206 votes PTI candidate Syed Shamsuddin: 5361 votes Background: The territory of Gilgit-Baltistan was granted limited autonomy in 2009 after the then-President Asif Ali Zardari signed the Empowerment and Self Governance Order in a bid to empower its over 1 million population. In November 2020, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that Gilgit-Baltistan would be given the status of a provisional province, and the process to fully convert it into an actual province is currently underway PPP won the first elections in 2009 while PML-N emerged victorious in the second election, winning 22 seats out of a total of 33. The 2020 polls were originally scheduled to be held in July but had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read Also: Gilgit-Baltistan Elections - A brief look back  Constituencies: Gilgit Baltistan has a total of 24 constituencies while its assembly has 33 seats. The political candidates will contest for 24 out of 33 seats while the remaining seats are reserved for women (6) and technocrats (3). According to the Election Commission of GB, the total number of registered voters is 745,361, of which 339,992 are women.  Nearly 1,234 polling stations have been set up in 24 constituencies, of which 415 had been declared extremely sensitive. Police, GB Scouts, the Rangers and FC personnel would be deployed to ensure a smooth election process. GB caretaker Chief Minister Mir Afzal had earlier announced that Pakistan Army’s support would not be sought for the upcoming elections.  GB elections: Local administration ensures COVID-19 SOPs during polling The local administration has directed to ensure implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) to prevent spread of coronavirus outbreak as voting for the general elections in Gilgit-Baltistan is underway today. The polling staff and voters have been ordered to wear face masks and take other precautionary measures to curb covid-19 epidemic. The security personnel have also been directed to implement SOPs. PTI govt assures of forming govt in Gilgit-Baltistan Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf will form government in Gilgit-Baltistan after today’s polls. Asad Umar, in a tweet, said that after historic federal packages for Karachi and South Balochistan, now work will start on development of Gilgit-Baltistan. Meanwhile,Special Assistant to Chief Minister Punjab for Information Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said that today, new Gilgit-Baltistan will be formed through free and fair elections. Firdous Ashiq Awan, in a tweet, said that first priority of government in new Gilgit-Baltistan will be to end sense of deprivation, transfer of power to lower levels of government and granting people their rights. She further said that today’s transparent elections will be the start of development and prosperity in Gilgit. PTI govt has to be sent packing: Maryam Nawaz Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz has said that the government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has to be sent packing. In a post on social-networking website Twitter, the PML-N vice president claimed the incumbent government is so much afraid of PML-N that it had arrested leaders in Gilgit-Baltistan before every rally. The selected prime minister became nervous over the public gatherings of opposition leaders for Gilgit-Baltistan elections, she added. Enthusiasm of GB s people a testament to their commitment to democracy: Bilawal Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that enthusiasm of people of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) during election day is a testament to their commitment to democracy. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, in a tweet, lauded people for actively participating in the voting process and while urging the election commission to ensure that every vote is cast and counted, said that the commission must not fail the people. CEC Raja Shehbaz visits control room, inspects arrangements for GB polls Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Raja Shehbaz Khan has visited central control room established to monitor general elections in Gilgit-Baltistan. The CEC inspected arrangements at the control room while Gilgit-Baltistan’s chief secretary also briefed him on the occasion. Raja Shehbaz expressed satisfaction over the performance of the local administration in conducting the polls.

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Campaign for elections in Gilgit-Baltistan ends

GILGIT (Dunya News) – The campaign for elections in Gilgit-Baltistan has ended at midnight on Friday and the polling for 23 out of 24 seats of the legislative assembly will be held on Sunday (November 15), Dunya News reported. The preparations for much-hyped elections in Gilgit-Baltistan are in final phase. According to sources, delivery of election materials is underway while staff has been deployed at polling stations. Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) said that he is committed to hold fair and transparent elections. He said that fool proof security arrangements have been made while postal ballot examination will be held in front of the candidates. Tough competition is expected in the Gilgit-Baltistan elections between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). The PPP has fielded candidates on all 23 seats while 21 candidates of PTI and PML-N each will be running for their respective constituencies. Four women candidates will also contest the elections.  

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PML-N will accept results if free and fair elections are held: Rana Sanaullah

FAISALABAD (Dunya News) – Former Punjab law minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Rana Sanaullah on Friday said that free and fair elections should be held and his party would accept the outcome of the elections. Talking to media in Faisalabad on Friday, he said that sanctity of vote must be restored and importance should be given to the decision of the people. “We only want the establishment not to interfere in the elections,” he said added pre-poll rigging is taking place in Gilgit-Baltistan. The PML-N leader said that the government itself had allowed Nawaz Sharif to go abroad for treatment, adding that the job of their spokespersons is simply to insult others. Rana Sanaullah went on to say that the way the people of Gilgit-Baltistan strengthened Maryam Nawaz and PML-N’s narrative of  vote ko izzat do  [give respect to vote], the former prime minister will definitely come back after his treatment. Taking a jibe at the government, he said that the government has only wasted the time of people during the last two and a half year. “The government had claimed to make everything right in first 100 days after coming into power but the general public has been made to suffer,” he said. The sugar was sold at a price of Rs53 in 2013 and 2018 but now it is being sold above Rs100,” the PML-N leader added.

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Preparations for GB polls in final phase

GILGIT (Dunya News) – The preparations for much-hyped elections in Gilgit-Baltistan are in final phase as today is the last day of the election campaign. Political parties are working hard to win the support of voters. Tough competition is expected in the Gilgit-Baltistan elections between ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). The PPP has fielded candidates on all 23 seats while 21 candidates of PTI and PML-N each will be running for their respective constituencies. Four women candidates will also contest the elections. Delivery of election materials is underway while staff have been deployed at polling stations. Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) said that he is committed to hold fair and transparent elections. He said that fool proof security arrangements have been made while postal ballot examination will be held in front of the candidates.

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Nothing being done to ensure free, fair elections in GB, alleges Bilawal

GILGIT (Dunya News) - Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that during his election campaign, an attempt was made to eject him from Gilgit-Baltistan and he was not even allowed to hold the final rally. He said that we respect the courts and do not want to make the election controversial as it would affect everyone. Bilawal Bhutto, while addressing a press conference in Gilgit, said that we think that the people living here should become the owners of their land. It is part of our movement to give the people their rights but until their voice reaches Islamabad, they will not be given their due. The zealous and brave people of Gilgit Baltistan will give a mandate to the Pakistan People’s Party on November 15, he added. Talking about election interference, Chairman PPP said that if things do not change, the protests that will follow the election will have far-reaching effects. “Leave politics to the politicians”, Bilawal said. Bilawal said that he was supposed to present his party’s manifesto in the final rally but he was deprived of his right. Restrictions that should be imposed on the Prime Minister of this country have been imposed on me, he said. “We respect the courts and the constitution. I am bound to abide by this ruling, but I do not agree with it”, he added.  

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PML-N's narrative of rigging in GB election was expected: Shahbaz Gill

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Dr. Shahbaz Gill has on Friday said that defeat in Gilgit-Baltistan election is evident on Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders’ faces. Reacting to PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb’s statement, Dr. Shahbaz Gill said the narrative of rigging in polls was expected and Gilgit-Baltistan had already stamped on PML-N’s defeat. He said PM Imran Khan never teamed up with umpires and it is shameful that allegations of injustice are leveled against the man who devoted his entire life for justice. ‘Fugitive’ Nawaz Sharif stole votes during his political career, he said. The SAPM commented that PML-N is in panic and public has rejected those who lambasted the national institutions. People of Gilgit-Baltistan will never vote for anti-state elements and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will with the election, Dr. Shahbaz Gill added. 

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GB polls: Marriyum expresses concern over postal ballot papers, demands ECP's action

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Marriyum Aurangzeb on Friday has expressed concerns over possible rigging in Gilgit-Baltistan elections that will be conducted on November 15. In a statement, the PML-N spokesperson has demanded the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take notice. Over one thousand ‘fake’ postal ballot papers are proof of election rigging, she told. Marriyum Aurangzeb further said that 1791 postal ballot papers have been issued on the name of 700 government employees.   While reacting to Marriyum Aurangzeb’s reservations, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Dr. Shahbaz Gill said that he was expecting rigging claims from PML-N side. Those who have narrative against institutions have been rejected by the nation, he added.

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Opposition deprived GB people from constitutional rights to appease India: Gandapur

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Minister for Kashmir Affairs Ali Amin Gandapur Thursday said the opposition parties deliberately deprived the people of Gilgit Baltistan of their constitutional rights to appease India. Addressing a public meeting at Roundu, he said the government decided to change GB status four months ago but the decision was delayed due to resistance from opposition parties. Amin criticized the leaders of opposition parties for their double standards and boycotting the meeting called by National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser for discussing the matter regarding change in the GB status. He criticized them for attacking national institutions, which had been rendering great sacrifices to protect the motherland from enemies. The minister urged the GB people to use their ‘right to vote’ for their future generations and elect Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for the development in the area. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan was the first leader in history who had the courage to speak against Islamophobia and Indian subjugation in IIOJK at world fora. “Pakistan will never get a leader like Prime Minister Imran Khan who has compassion for poor segments of the society and determined to transform the country into Medina like state,” he remarked. Amin paid tribute to the sacrifices by the ancestors of GB people for their Independence, regretting that the past governments failed to provide basic rights to the people of GB despite governing the area. He said the PTI government had restore wheat quota for GB people, adding that the opposition parties had filed a petition in the Election Commission of Pakistan the other day for disrupting supply of wheat in the area. The minister said opposition parties had admitted their defeat even prior to the elections.  

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PPP to win Gilgit-Baltistan elections: Murtaza Wahab

KARACHI (Dunya News) –Spokesperson of Sindh government Murtaza Wahab has said that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will win elections in Gilgit-Baltistan as masses are fed up of empty promises of the government. Addressing a press conference, he said that Chairman of PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has always talked about problems of public. He also alleged that government machinery is being used for rigging in the elections and whole federal government is running campaign in Gilgit-Baltistan. He further said that federal government has failed and now masses want solution of their problems instead of mere empty promises. Pointing out rising inflation in the country, he said that in last 35 days prices of chicken increased by 29 percent. Common man agrees with narrative of Bilawal Bhutto because Chairman PPP talks about problems of being faced by public, he said.

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Bilawal, Maryam meeting indicates their defeat in GB elections: Shibli

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz has said the meeting of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz is indicating their defeat in Gilgit-Baltistan elections. In a tweet on Thursday, he said these parties will now make hue and cry of rigging in the elections. He said only those elections are fair for these parties in which they secure victories. The Information Minister said such meetings cannot brighten the bleak future of the PDM. Earlier, Bilawal Bhutto Maryam Nawaz Sharif held a one-on-one meeting to discuss the political situation. 

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All surveys clarifying that GB will vote for PM Imran: Shahbaz Gill

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Dr. Shahbaz Gill Thursday said all surveys are clarifying that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan will vote for Prime Minister Imran Khan in the upcoming polls. The SAPM took to Twitter and claimed that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is going to win the GB election while ‘convict’ Maryam Nawaz and ‘parchi chairman’ Bilawal Bhutto Zardari have started leveling allegations of rigging after realizing about their certain defeat. Dr. Shahbaz Gill further added that PTI’s Ali Amin Gandapur has emerged as a great leader as he ran the election campaign with great hard work and bravery. 

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Bilawal, Maryam discuss political situation in one-on-one meeting

GILGIT (Dunya News) - Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif had a one-on-one meeting in which the political situation was discussed. According to details, after the one-on-one meeting between the PPP and PML-N leadership, the party delegations also met. Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was accompanied by Senator Sherry Rehman and Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, President PPP Gilgit-Baltistan Amjad Hussain. The PML-N delegation included Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Ahsan Iqbal, Pervaiz Rasheed, Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman and Marriyum Aurangzeb. During the meeting, Bilawal and Maryam Nawaz discussed the political situation in the country. The PPP and PML-N leaders were staying at the same hotel in connection with the election campaign.  

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PPP, PML-N have already accepted defeat in GB election: Murad Saeed

SKARDU (Dunya News) – Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed on Wednesday said the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had already accepted their defeat in the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) election as an overwhelming majority of the people of the area supported the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Addressing a rally on Wednesday, he said both Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Maryam Nawaz knew that their parties would be defeated in the GB election due to their past governments’ bad performance and that was why they were making a hue and cry about rigging. Murad Saeed said the GB people would now enjoy all constitutional rights like other parts of the country with representation in the Parliament as Prime Minister Imran Khan had already announced provisional provincial status for the area. He regretted that both the PPP and the PML-N ruled the GB for decades but instead of working for its development, their leaders plundered its resources and built personal properties. The minister said the GB people had been demanding the status of province, but the two parties did pay heed to their demand, and the credit went to Prime Minister Imran Khan for fulfilling it. Giglit-Baltistan, which was the starting point of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), was neglected by the previous regime, and it was the PTI government that had announced many CPEC projects for the area, besides allocating economic and industrial zones, he added. Saeed went on to say that the GB people kept deprived of health and education facilities, and proper roads by the previous rulers. Bilawal Bhutto even admitted that the PPP and PML-N governments had done nothing for the GB people by saying that all the healthcare and education facilities, and roads were in a dilapidated condition in the region. The minister said Babusar Top remained closed for over eight months in the year but now the PTI had approved an all-weather road link for the area and its work would start next year as its feasibility process was underway. The Karakoram Highway, he said, was in a dilapidated condition and the PTI government had given approval for its up-gradation project which would facilitate safe and comfortable journey and attract a large number of tourists to the GB. He said the Gilgit-Shandoor-Chitral Road had been made part of CPEC and it would be linked with the Swat Motorway to provide modern road facilities to the GB people, adding that the GB people wee being given Insaf Health Cards, under which every family would be provided medical cover of upto Rs 1 million. “The PPP’s misrule had resulted in poverty in Sindh as the most of the country stunted children were born in its Thar district,” he added. “Those, who had looted the national resources, had no right to talk about the people’s problems,” he said and expressed the hope that on November 15, the PTI would win a landslide majority in the GB Legislative Assembly election. Murad Saeed said the Jewish lobby had launched a campaign against Prime Minister Imran Khan who was advocating the case of not only Pakistan but that of the entire Ummah at the international forums like the United Nations also. Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfiqar Bukhari also addressed the rally.

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Gilgit-Baltistan Elections - A brief look back

(Web Desk) - The third elections in the history of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Assembly are scheduled to be held on November 15, as announced by the federal government on September 23 through a notification. The elections on the 24 general seats of the legislative assembly were originally scheduled to be held on August 18 but had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. In the run up to the elections, here is a brief look back at the makeup of the Assembly and its history with details of how each party has fared in both elections. Legislative Assembly: The GB Legislative Assembly is an elected body that has the power to legislate on 61 subjects, including land revenue, and administrative courts. The Assembly also votes on the annual budget of the GB Consolidated Fund. The term of the Legislative Assembly is five years but it may be dissolved earlier by the Governor on the advice of the Chief Minister. The make-up of the body is illustrated in the table below. 2009 Elections: The first elections for the legislative assembly were held on 12 November 2009. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which had come into power in the federal government in 2008, handily won the election and secured 14 of the 24 general seats. PPP’s 14 general seats net them 6 reserved seats resulting in 20 out of the total 33 seats going to the ruling party. The Assembly had 27 male members and 6 female members. It passed 31 Acts in its 41 sessions throughout the 5 year tenure. 2015 Elections: The second elections of GB Assembly, held in 2015, were won by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) after securing 16 out of 24 seats. The party got 22 out of the total 33 seats with 6 reserved seats. Islami Tehreek Pakistan (ITP) and Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) had three members each in the legislative assembly. Hafiz Hafeez ur Rehman of PML-N was sworn in as the second Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan, with Fida Nashad and Jafarullah being nominated as the speaker and deputy speaker respectively. The Assembly passed 25 Acts in its 36 sessions and dissolved in June 2020.

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PPP will win Gilgit-Baltistan elections on Nov 15: Bilawal

KASHROTE (Dunya News) – Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday has claimed that his party will win elections in Gilgit-Baltistan on November 15. Addressing a public gathering in Kashrote, the PPP chairman said that the one who will come into power in Gilgit-Baltistan will also form government across the country. The people of Gilgit will give vote to PPP to resolve their issues, he added.   Bilawal Bhutto said that the leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government are trying to steal the votes of the people and we will not allow them.

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PM Imran obsessed with taking political revenge from opponents: Maryam Nawaz

NAGAR KHAS (Dunya News) – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday has said that Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan is obsessed with taking political revenge from the opposition leaders. Addressing a public gathering in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Nagar Khas, the PML-N leader said that the incumbent government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is suppressing the voices of opponents. PTI government will soon be sent packing, she predicted.   The PML-N leader said the one sitting on PM chair thinks that there is no inflation in the country but the people of Pakistan are suffering due to this increasing issue. Nation is cursing Imran Khan for not taking care of poverty-stricken people, she added. Maryam Nawaz further said that the one who has created problems in livelihood should not get the votes. PM Imran is surrounded by corrupt leaders who are looting the money of Pakistan, she went on to say.

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PML-N leader Major(r) Amin jumps ship to join PTI

GILGIT (Dunya News) - Amid Maryam Nawaz’s whirlwind election campaign in Gilgit-Baltistan, PML-N has suffered a major setback in the form of senior leader and former provincial minister Major (retd) Amin leaving the party and joining PTI. The leader held a meeting with Chief Organizer of PTI in GB Saifullah Khan Niazi, Ali Amin Gandapur and PTI candidate Amna Ansari in this regard on Tuesday. Major (retd) Amin announced to join PTI along with his supporters and extended full support to Amna Ansari in the election. He said that after careful consideration, he has decided to join PTI along with his supporters. The Sharif family has adopted the enemy’s rhetoric and is now trying to grab GB, whose people are whole-heartedly with Pakistan. Major (retd) Amin said that he could no longer support those who broke records of corruption and deprived Gilgit-Baltistan throughout the years. Imran Khan is the hope of GB and PTI is the guardian of our rights, he said.  

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Opposition attacks national institutions to evade accountability: Gandapur

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Ali Amin Khan Gandapur Tuesday said the opposition parties were spewing venom against the national institutions to evade accountability process and protect their looted money. Addressing a public meeting at Ghanche, Gandapur said Prime Minster Imran Khan had made it clear that the accountability process against the corrupt elements would continue regardless of their protests. Terming the opposition parties’ leaders as ‘opportunists’, he said they just wanted to loot public money and gain benefits by coming into the power. He urged the GB’s people to use ‘power of the vote’ for their upcoming generations by casting vote to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI). The party, after coming into the power in GB, would carry out massive development work in the area, besides creating maximum job opportunities for its people, he added. Reiterating the PTI government’s strong commitment of giving a provisional-provincial status to the GB, Gandapur said the initiative would begin a new era of development and prosperity in the area that suffered due to slackness of the past regimes. The minister said the GB people’s forefathers had rendered great sacrifices for its liberation, however, unfortunately the governments chosen by them in the past did not recognize their sacrifices. “Prime Minister Imran Khan is the first leader in history of Pakistan who has taken the decision for granting provisional-provincial status to the GB by taking cognizance of its people’s sufferings,” he noted. Amin regretted that the GB dwellers had been deprived of their constitutional rights for the last 73 years, adding the prime minister had a vision to uplift the less-developed areas like GB and Federally Administered Tribal areas (FATA). “The credit for FATA merger goes to Prime Minister Imran Khan,” he remarked and pointed out that the present government had given Rs 400 billion for removing sense of deprivation from the people of FATA. He said both the parties including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) had governed the GB in the past but did not own its residents. The minister said contrary to the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Sindh government had refused to give FATA’s share in previous National Finance Commission (NFC) Award. He believed that the opposition parties would never give them their share in the NFC awards. “It is only Imran Khan who can ensure that FATA gets its share in NFC award,” he added. 

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'Go Niazi Go' slogan has been raised nationwide: Maryam Nawaz

ASTORE (Dunya News) – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz on Tuesday said that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan have given so much respect and love that she really wants to live there. While addressing a public rally in connection with Gilgit-Baltistan elections in Chogam, the PML-N leader has pledged to make available every possible facility in the province after winning the polls. We always fulfill our promises, she added. Maryam Nawaz said that former Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif has served the general masses with sincerity and honesty. She further criticized the government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and said that she was arrested in front of her father for raising voice against suppression. The incumbent federation is being humiliated by the people of Pakistan, she went on to say.   PML-N vice president said that nation is best selector and hoped that the PTI government will soon be sent packing. Real faces of ‘fake’ government’s spokesmen have exposed, she claimed.

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At a glance: Gilgit-Baltistan Elections 2020

(Web Desk) - The third elections of Gilgit Baltistan Assembly are scheduled to be held on November 15, 2020. With less than a week remaining, election campaigns of all major political parties are in full-swing. Top leadership of all parties has been holding daily rallies across all major cities of the region. Winner of the previous election in 2015, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, is looking to regain power but Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) are believed to be the real contenders this time around. Background: The territory of Gilgit-Baltistan was granted limited autonomy in 2009 after the then-President Asif Ali Zardari signed the Empowerment and Self Governance Order in a bid to empower its over 1 million population. In November 2020, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that Gilgit-Baltistan would be given the status of a provisional province, and the process to fully convert it into an actual province is currently underway PPP won the first elections in 2009 while PML-N emerged victorious in the second election, winning 22 seats out of a total of 33. The 2020 polls were originally scheduled to be held in July but had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Constituencies: Gilgit Baltistan has a total of 24 constituencies while its assembly has 33 seats. The political candidates will contest for 24 out of 33 seats while the remaining seats are reserved for women (6) and technocrats (3). According to the Election Commission of GB, the total number of registered voters is 745,361, of which 339,992 are women. Nearly 1,234 polling stations have been set up in 24 constituencies, of which 415 had been declared extremely sensitive. Police, GB Scouts, the Rangers and FC personnel would be deployed to ensure a smooth election process. GB caretaker Chief Minister Mir Afzal had earlier announced that Pakistan Army’s support would not be sought for the upcoming elections. Here is a complete breakdown of all GB constituencies and the respective candidates contesting on behalf of the three major political parties: — GBA-1, GILGIT-1 PTI - Johar Ali PML-N - JafarUllah Khan PPP - Amjad Hussain — GBA-2, GILGIT-II PTI - Fateh Hullah Khan PML-N - Hafeez-Ur-Rehman PPP - Jamil Ahmed — GBA-4 NAGAR-I PTI - Zulfiqar Ali PML-N - Arif Hussain PPP - Amjad Hussain — GBA-5 NAGAR-II PML-N - Sajjad Hussain PPP - Mirza Hussain — GBA-6, HUNZA PTI - Abaid Ullah Baig PML-N - Rehan Shah PPP - Zahoor Karim — GBA-7, SKARDU-I PTI - Raja Muhammad Zakaria Khan Maqpoon PML-N - Muhammad Akbar Khan PPP - Syed Mehdi Shah — GBA-8, SKARDU-II PML-N - Muhammad Saeed PPP - Syed M. Ali Shah — GBA-9, SKARDU-III PTI - Fida Muhammad Nashad PPP - Wazir Waqar Ali — GBA-10, SKARDU-IV PTI - Wazir Hassan PML-N - Ghulam Abbas PPP - Muhammad Khan Wazir — GBA-11 KHARMANG PTI - Syed Amjad Ali PML-N - Shabbir Hussain PPP - Niaz Ali — GBA-12 SHIGAR PTI - Raja Muhammad Azam Khan PML-N - Muhammad Tahir Unahar Shigir PPP - Imran Nadeem — GBA-13, ASTORE-1 PTI - M Khalid Khurshid Khan PML-N - Rana Farman Ali PPP - Abdul Hamid Khan — GBA-14, ASTORE-II PTI - Shamsul Haq Lone PML-N - Rana Muhammad Farooq PPP - Muzaffar Ali — GBA-15, DIAMER-I PTI - Noshad Alam PML-N - Abdul Wajid PPP - Bashir Ahamed — GBA-16, DIAMER-II PTI - Atiqullah PML-N - Eng. Muhammad Anwar PPP - Dilbar Khan — GBA-17, DIAMER-III PTI - Haider Khan PML-N - Saddar Alam PPP - Ghafar Khan — GBA-18, DIAMER-IV PTI - Gul Bar Khan PPP - Sadia Danish — GBA-19, GHIZER-I PTI - Zaffar Muhammad PML-N - Atif Salman PPP - Syed Jalal Ali Shah — GBA-20, GHIZER-II PTI - Nazir Ahmed PML-N - Muhammad Nazar Khan PPP - Ali MadadSher — GBA-21, GHIZER-III PTI – Jahan Zaib PML-N - Ghulam Muhammad PPP - Muhammad Ayub Shah — GBA-22, GHANCHE-I PTI - Muhammad Ibrahim Sanai PML-N – Razaul Haq PPP – Muahammad Jaffar — GBA-23, GHANCHE-II PTI – Amina Bibi PML-N – Ghulam Hussain PPP - Ghulam Ali Haidary — GBA-24, GHANCHE-III PTI - Syed Shamsuddin PML-N – Manzoor Hussain PPP - Muhammad Ismail Previous Elections: In 2009, Pakistan People’s Party won the majority and secured 14 out of 24 seats in the election, winning 33.08% of votes. PPP’s Syed Mehdi Shah was unanimously elected as the first Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan by the Assembly. In 2015, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz won the second election and secured 16 out of 24 seats. This time, Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman of PML-N was elected as the Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan.

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PM Imran won't leave those who looted the country: Murad Saeed

KHAPLU (Dunya News) – Minister for Communications Murad Saeed on Monday has said Pakistan Tehreek -e-Insaaf (PTI) will emerge victorious in Gilgit Baltistan elections that will be held on coming Sunday. Addressing a public gathering at Khaplu, the minister said problems of the region will be addressed under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He said we have worked towards the establishment of special economic zone in the region under multi billion dollars China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. Murad Saeed said approval has also been given for upgradation of Karakoram Highway. 

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SAC allows Bilawal to run election campaign in Gilgit-Baltistan

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - The Supreme Appellate Court Gilgit-Baltistan (SACGB) on Monday allowed Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to continue his campaign for November 15 elections. SACGB suspended verdict of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Chief Court which ordered the expulsion of national, provincial lawmakers and senators from the region, barring them from taking part in the campaign for November 15’s elections. The Supreme Appellate Court suspended the Chief Court’s orders till November 12 on plea of PPP. Earlier on November 7, the chief court directed members of Parliament and other public office holders to leave Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) region within 72 hours for violating the election code of conduct. 

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'Selected' govt has done nothing for people in two years: Bilawal

NAGAR (Dunya News) – Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday said that the ‘selected’ government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has done nothing for the welfare of general masses in two years. Addressing a public gathering in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Nagar, the PPP leader said that Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan has not planned a single development project for the growth of Gilgit-Baltistan. Incompetent government of PTI only wants to create problems for the people of Pakistan, he added. Bilawal Bhutto further assured that PPP will provide every freedom and right to everyone living in the province. Give your vote to the party of former prime ministers Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto on November 15 for bright future of Gilgit-Baltistan, he requested.  

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Never accepted 'fake' govt of PTI: Maryam Nawaz

GOPIS (Dunya News) – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz on Monday has said that we have never accepted ‘fake’ government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Addressing a public gathering in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Gopis, the PML-N leader said that it’s not in the fate of PTI to serve the general masses. She further promised to make Gopis and Yasin separate districts after winning elections in Gilgit-Baltistan.   Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan can only take political revenge from opponents and nothing else, she added. The PML-N leader said that the people of Pakistan are standing with Nawaz Sharif till the end. She further insisted all the women to not sit at home on the day of polls and give vote to PML-N candidate. PTI government is weakening the country from its roots, she claimed. Maryam Nawaz further called government ministers as loose talkers and their party as a ‘disease’ for the country.