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[press Review] Northern areas to be renamed ‘Gilgit Baltistan’


ISLAMABAD: The Northern areas will be renamed to ‘Gilgit Baltistan’ and will have a province like status, Prime Minister Gilani announced on Saturday.

In a special cabinet meeting, the government approved reforms package for the Northern Areas during which the PM stated that the area will be given full autonomy.

Gilgit Baltistan will also have its own assembly council with a total of 15 members. There will be a governor, chief minsiter and six other ministers of Gilgit.

Pakistan Muslim League – N (PML-N) has welcomed the approval of self-governance for the Northern Areas, saying PML-N would support every step which aimed to bring people of these areas into the mainstream.

Talking to a private TV channel, Information Secretary Ahsan Iqbal said that PML-N Chief Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has been a great supporter of giving the same rights to people of Gilgit-Baltistan Region like other areas of the country have.

He said that the people of these areas should be given resources to improve infrastructure, social sector and a university should be setup for students to get higher education.

The PML-N leader urged an improvement in the judicial system as well as effective implementation of law and order as there was sectarian violence in the areas. 

He said that both PML-N and PPP are committed to the Charter of Democracy (CoD). –source

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