Ex-DIG Mir Afzal appointed caretaker GB CM

Sandra Loyd

ISLAMABAD: As the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) federal government in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) finishes its five-year term, the federal government has appointed Mir Afzal, former deputy inspector general of cops (DIG) as the caretaker chief minister of the self-governing area.

“Pursuant to Article 48-A (2) of the government of Gilgit Baltistan Order 2018, the Chairman of Gilgit Baltistan Council (Prime Minister of Pakistan), the leader of the Opposition in the outgoing GB Legislative Assembly and the Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan is pleased to select and appoint Mr Mir Afzal as caretaker Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan,” an alert released by GB Council Secretariat checked out.

The caretaker chief minister will take his oath on Wednesday in Gilgit and the names of cabinet members would be revealed later on.

On the other hand, another notice released by the GB Law and Prosecution Department on Tuesday revealed that today GB Legal Assembly would stand liquified on the expiration of its term on June 23, 2020 at midnight 2400 hours.

Throughout the past 2 weeks, interviews of around a lots prospects for the caretaker chief minister slot were kept in Islamabad. According to sources, a variety of former bureaucrats, political leaders and reporters from GB were spoken with by Minister of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur.

Nevertheless, Afzal, the ex-DIG, who comes from Bunji, District Astore of GB, was picked as the caretaker chiefminister Both the outbound chief minister Hazfeezur Rehman and opposition leader of GB Assembly Captain (r) Shafi had actually proposed over a lots names for the post.

According to sources, Afzal was registered in cops force as ASI in 60 s. After getting promos in the cops department, he was posted to Intelligence Bureau (IB) in Peshawar.

After conclusion of the five-year regard to the incumbent federal government, the next basic election in the area will end up being due within 60 days.

It is worth discussing here that the Supreme Court (SC) had actually permitted the federal government on April 30 to perform the coming basic elections in GB under the Election Act, 2017, and to modify the associated law to install a caretaker federal government for carrying out surveys.

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