GB provincial status: Federal cabinet takes the final decision

GB provincial status: Federal cabinet takes the final decision

ISLAMABAD - The federal cabinet on Thursday has taken the final decision over the issue of special provincial status for Gilgit Baltistan.

Cavubet refused to accept a summary to make Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) a special provisional province, as proposed by a high-level committee constituted by the government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Although the PTI had criticised the previous government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for introducing the GB Order 2018 and called it insufficient to provide fundamental rights to the area locals, the ruling party outrightly rejected the possibility of introducing any amendment in the constitution needed to give GB a representation in National Assembly and Senate, a well-informed source told *Pakistan Today*.

According to the source, Prime Minister Imran Khan was the first to oppose the proposed reforms in the GB, saying that the same will undermine the Kashmir dispute and Pakistan’s international obligations.

“Since major reforms have been rejected by the cabinet, GB will be governed through a presidential order,” said the source, adding that the government may later try to give more rights to the area while remaining within the ambit of the order.