Gilgit-Baltistan: Governor GB Under Immense Pressure to Quit

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Karachi (BR): The Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pir Syed Karam Ali Shah, is seriously contemplating resigning after Eid, as he is believed to be under immense pressure from the centre to quit after the election of a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) nominee, Mamnoon Hussain, as president of Pakistan.

The sources close to Pir Karam said that he was facing plethora of problems by the local leadership of PML-N after the party came into power following May 11 general elections. Pir, who is thought to be a thorough gentleman, did not feel comfortable in the prevailing situation as he is a senior PPP leader and has decided to step down. They said that he would quit the top slot of governorship after consulting President Asif Zardari soon after Eid, as he also want to leave the office before the term of his own party’s president [Zardari] will end in September.

“Pir does not want to present his resignation to PML-N president [and] it is for sure, once Mamnoon will take over, he will undertake massive shuffling in G-B administration, so Pir wants to tender his resignation to the president of his own party [PPP] to save the face,” stated a source close to Pir.

With the rumours of his resignation any time soon, the sources added, a large number of PML-N loyalists have geared up efforts to clinch the lucrative slot of G-B governor with the blessing of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. However, the name of Haji Fida Muhammad Nashad – a former deputy chief executive of G-B during Musharraf regime, who later like many other opportunist politicians succeeded in burying his past sins – has emerged as the most favourite candidate for the slot.

Pir Karam Ali Shah was picked up as governor Gilgit-Baltistan by President Asif Ali Zardari in January 2011 after the demise of Dr Shamma Khalid, who died of cancer. Pir Karam is in his seventies and is widely respected for his balanced approach towards all segments and sects of the area. He has served as member of the then G-B legislative assembly four times and comes from an influential Ismaili family.


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