Posted on 28 March 2011. 430 views
Source ((Dardistan Times)) The Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan has announced to pour 100 million rupees into Ghizar-1 constituency of Gilgit-Baltistan. The announcement was made during a public address in Ishqamen 3 days before the by-election on March 30th. The CM, in his public address even did not leave it secret that there is a link between his announcements and the oncoming election.
“My announcements should not be taken for pre-poll point scoring. However it should be clear that If the Chief Minister of Punjab can announce pre-poll packages, so can I. I have a right to do so”, Mehdi shah said.
He made a number of promises, during his visit, including: entry level jobs to local people, separate seat in GBLA for Gupis and Ishqamen, 4000 new employment opportunities, up gradation of schools, reconstruction of Hayum Bridge etc.
In his speech, the Chief Minister also attempted to influence the electorate threatening economic impediments in case candidates other than PPP win.
“I am the Chief Minister and I have every authority and power to give. If I do not intend to give even a rupee, how would Col. Karim or Nawaz Khan Naji be able to give you something?” Shah questioned the poverty stricken public of Ishqamen.
Pakistan Peoples Party is trying hard to resuscitate its falling popularity in the district and Mehdhi shah’s multi-million worth visit is seen as an electoral treating by public circles.
Hafiz Ur Rehman of Muslim League(N) has said that the announcements of Mehdi Shah are nothing but humbugging to engineer foregone polling results. He said that the people are tired and sick of the bunks by the PPP leaders – top to bottom.
Ghizar has remained the epicentre of PPP Jiyalas for several years where support for Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had been vigorously active. The political trends in the District however, appear to be shifting as the educated youngsters in the region are looking towards offbeat political leadership who can selflessly resolve issues concerning the people of Ghizar. The PPP government is in hot pursuit of knocking down Nawaz Khan Naji and Col. Karim.