Islamabad: Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Ali Amin Khan Gandapur Tuesday said the opposition parties were spewing venom against the national institutions to evade accountability process and protect their looted money.
Addressing a public meeting at Ghanche, Gandapur said Prime Minster Imran Khan had made it clear that the accountability process against the corrupt elements would continue regardless of their protests.
Terming the opposition parties’ leaders as ‘opportunists’, he said they just wanted to loot public money and gain benefits by coming into the power.
He urged the GB’s people to use ‘power of the vote’ for their upcoming generations by casting vote to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI).
He added that after the party gains the power of GB, in addition to creating the greatest job opportunities for its people, it will also carry out large-scale development work in the region.
Gandapur reiterated the PTI government’s firm commitment to grant the UK temporary province status. This initiative will begin a new era of development and prosperity in areas where the regime was unstable in the past.
The minister said that the ancestors of the GB people made great sacrifices for the liberation of the people, but, unfortunately, the government they chose in the past did not recognize their sacrifices.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan is the first leader in history of Pakistan who has taken the decision for granting provisional-provincial status to the GB by taking cognizance of its people’s sufferings,” he noted.
Amin regrets that in the past 73 years, residents of GB have been deprived of their constitutional rights. He added that the Prime Minister has a vision to upgrade underdeveloped areas such as GB and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
“The credit for FATA merger goes to Prime Minister Imran Khan,” he remarked and pointed out that the present government had given Rs 400 billion for removing sense of deprivation from the people of FATA.
He said that political parties including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) have ruled GB in the past but do not own its residents.
The minister said that unlike Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Sindh government refused to grant FATA shares in the former National Financial Commission (NFC) award.
He believes that opposition parties will never give them their due share in the NFC ruling. He added: “Only Imran Khan can ensure that FATA has a place in the NFC awards.”