Imran Khan had opposed granting provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan at every step: Bilawal Bhutto
Prime Minister Imran Khan had originally opposed the idea of turning Gilgit-Baltistan into a province at “every step”, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto said on Monday.
“Now at the time of election they [PTI] say they are thinking of giving a provisional provincial status [to GB],” said Zardari while addressing a public gathering in Nagar. He recalled the petition filed by Khan seeking a review of the apex court’s decision allowing granting GB the status of a province.
“Imran had opposed the idea in January when the topic was raised during a cabinet meeting,” said Zardari.
He further said that his party had already promised to grant the provisional provincial status to the area and added that the Prime Minister would have to do more.
“Until your voices are heard in Islamabad, we will keep asking why the youth here is unemployed. Why the region lacks education and health institutions. We will keep asking for your rights,” he said.
“Even before the making of a province, Imran and his allies can attempt to reduce your quota, steal your subsidy and increase taxes then think what they will do once the region is given provincial status,” he added.