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Gilgit-Baltistan Election

17 November, 2009

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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on November 15 notified the Gilgit-Baltistan poll results of 21 constituencies out of 23, confirming the lead of the Pakistan People`s Party that grabbed 11 seats. The results of two constituencies, LA-3 and LA-17, were withheld, while death of a candidate caused postponement of elections from another seat. The ECP said the PPP won 11 seats, the PML-N got two seats, the PML-Q secured two seats, independent candidates grabbed four seats, and the JUI-F and the MQM got one seat each.


The matter of fact is that mostly PML-N and MQM accused PPP and the local administration of rigging the polls. Now they are demanding re-elections in certain constituencies.


  • If we take a look at Pakistan`s history, we find that whenever the government held Bye-Elections or LG Polls in its supervision, every time only ruling party grabbed the majority of the seats. Do you think, this time ruling government (PPP) repeated the same history by rigging the polls?
  • In press conference, former prime minister Main Nawaz Sharif made some apprehensions regarding the voter`s list made by Pakistan Election Commission. Do you think Mr. Shairff is rightly pointing fingers towards ECP or he is just hiding his defeat?
  • About Gilgit-Baltistan elections, Indian Minister for External Affairs had described the elections as "just another cosmetic exercise intended to camouflage the fact of Pakistan`s illegal occupation of areas of the state of Jammu and Kashmir". Do you think this is an interference in Pakistan internal matter or prolong the old blame game?
  • Do you think demand of re-election in certain constituencies is right?
  • Reader Comments:

    Discussion

    Q: If we take a look at Pakistan`s history, we find that whenever the government held Bye-Elections or LG Polls in its supervision, every time only ruling party grabbed the majority of the seats. Do you think, this time ruling government (PPP) repeated the same history by rigging the polls?

    A: Preamble of the question is the answer.

    Q: In press conference, former prime minister Main Nawaz Sharif made some apprehensions regarding the voter`s list made by Pakistan Election Commission. Do you think Mr. Shairff is rightly pointing fingers towards ECP or he is just hiding his defeat?

    A: He is rightly pointing his case. If he was in power, ECP would have been done the work for PML-N

    Q: About Gilgit-Baltistan elections, Indian Minister for External Affairs had described the elections as "just another cosmetic exercise intended to camouflage the fact of Pakistan`s illegal occupation of areas of the state of Jammu and Kashmir". Do you think this is interference in Pakistan internal matter or prolong the old blame game?

    A: This is the fact. Gilgit-Baltistan is part of Jammu and Kashmir and it was under Maharaja Hari Singh. According to the accession agreement between India and Maharaja Hari Singh, Gilgit-Baltistan is belongs to India.

    Q: Do you think demand of re-election in certain constituencies is right?

    A: Why do you have a cosmetic exercise again? Instead, you could spend that money on IDPs (Internally Displaced People)

    Jones, Canada - 04 December, 2009

    Gilgit-Baltistan is not part of India

    Gilgit-Baltistan was freed by the locals. The accession document was fraudulant, acquired under coercion and disregard to the partition formula. Subsequently, Indian leaders including Mr. Nehru pledged on number of occasions that 'people of Kashmir would decide the question of accession'.The chance has not been provided to the people of kashmir to express their wishes on accession so far. It remains a question. if India is confident why doesn't it invite UN to hold a plebsicite in Kashmir? The people are suffering why international community does not listen to the voices of the oppressed and supressed?

    Hashmi, Pakistan - 14 December, 2009

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