President Asif Ali Zardari has issued notification of Pir Karam Ali Shah’s appointment as the second governor of Gilgit – Baltistan.
Mamtaz Hussain Gohar
ISLAMABAD: Fedral minister for Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan Affairs Mian Manzoor Wattoo formally announced appointment of Pir Karam Ali Shah as Governor of Gilgit – Baltistan on Thursday evening. In a press conference held at Ministry of Kashmir and Gilgit – Baltistan Affairs Islamabad, Wattoo said that Karam Ali Shah is one of the senior most members of Pakistan People’s Party, and has remained in the Assembly and Northern Areas Council for almost 42 years.
He told the media that Karam Ali Shah has been appointed as the second governor Of Gilgit – Baltistan after consultation with President Asif Ali Zardari and PM Gilani. PPP government wants to give more power to Gilgit – Baltistan, he said.
Wattoo further said that the oath-taking ceremony will be held in Gilgit within one to two days.
Pir Karam Ali Shah, new Governor of Gilgit – Baltistan, said that governership is a big responsibility for him and that he will try his level best to work for development of the region. He praised the PPP top leadership saying, “Like Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, President Asif Ali Zardari is also taking intrest in Gilgit Baltistan”.
“This area was far behind after getting independence from the Dogras”, the new governor of GB said. “Only PPP has devolved powers to the region so far”, he said. He also expressed his gratitude to the president and prime minister for their ‘trust’. “I am thankful to the leaders”, he said.
Pir Karam Ali Shah is appointed as Governor Gilgit-Baltistan after four months of the demise of former governor Dr. Shamma Khalid, who died of cancer. Syed PirKaram Ali Shah, suffering from heart disease is in his seventies and widely respected for his balanced personality.
He will resign from his seat in GBLA from LA – 1, Ghizar, and by-elections would be held in the constituency.