GILGIT: Five independent candidates from Baltistan Division and district Nagar joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to help the ruling party of Pakistan to form the government in Gilgit-Baltistan.
These independent candidates including Wazir Muhammad Saleem (Skardu 3), Raja Nasir Ali Khan (Skardu 4), Mushtaq Hussain (Ghanche 1), Abdul Hameed (Ghanche 2), and Javaid Manwa from district Nagar.
After a detailed meeting with Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur and Saif Ullah Niazi, the Chief Organiser of the PTI here, four winners from Baltistan Division, and one from district Nagar announced to join the PTI and exhibited their full confidence in the policies of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
On the occasion, Ali Amin Gandapur said that for the development, prosperity, and peace of Gilgit-Baltistan, their services would be proved productive.
All the five winners said that they wanted to work for their constituencies and for the people of GB.
Following this new development, the ruling party has secured a majority in GB Legislative Assembly.
Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Raja Shahbaz on Thursday lashed out at PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, saying that the recently-held elections in the region were transparent.
Shahbaz, addressing a press conference, said: “[PPP chairman] Bilawal had been ranting about rigging the past one month […] What is rigging? is it a feather? a tail? What is it?”
The CEC said some parties were tarnishing the elections’ results, advising all candidates and stakeholders with grievances, who were busy speaking to the media, should approach the election tribunal instead.
He urged political leaders to refrain from making “baseless allegations” adding that such claims were not in the interest of the region and the people. “Elections have been transparent and impartial,” he added.
His statement comes in the wake of criticism levelled by Opposition parties who have rejected the November 15 elections, using words from “rigged” to “stolen” to describe them.
According to the graph, the PPP secured 25% of votes, PTI 24% of votes, PML-N secured 12% votes, JUI-F 1% votes, MWM secured 3% votes and independent candidates secured 15% of votes out of the total number of votes polled in the GB elections.