PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari while addressing a public meeting in Astore today (4th November 2020), said that Gilgit-Baltistan would also be given the right to rule and the right to property, and the right to employment.
While criticizing the present government, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that jobs are being snatched from the people during the rule of Imran Khan and the people are carrying the burden of the incompetence of the government.
He said that the people are requested to form a government in Gilgit-Baltistan by sealing the arrow of the Awami Democratic Party instead of wasting their precious vote so that the PTI government in the federation could also be overthrown.
He said that Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto also announced the end of FCR Rajagiri and wheat subsidy to the people of Gilgit-Baltistan in the same Astore. Nazir Bhutto has been fighting for the rights of Gilgit-Baltistan but no party other than the PPP government has done anything for Gilgit-Baltistan.
2020 Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly Elections
The 2020 Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly elections are scheduled to be held on 15 November 2020. This will be the region’s third election since GB was given the power to rule itself in 2009 through its assembly.
The PML-N completed its term on June 23, 2020, and the Legislative Assembly wrapped up after five years in power. Mir Afzal was sworn in as the caretaker chief minister for GB on June 24.
GB has 24 constituencies and its assembly has 33 seats. Candidates from political parties will stand for 24 seats. Of the remaining seats, six are reserved for women and three for technocrats. The area has a population of about 1.3 million and a total of 745,361 voters has registered, of which roughly half of 339,992 are women.
A total of 330 people are standing in these elections. The PML-Q is fielding candidates in 14 constituencies. And the PTI has issued party tickets to 22 people and expressed its support for Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen’s candidates in two constituencies.
The PPP, which suffered a defeat at the hands of the PML-N in 2015, announced candidates for all 24 constituencies. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is running the campaign.