Sep 28, 2009

Gilgit-Baltistan: To Have Its Governor

Active ImageA separate Governor will be appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister, according to the recent Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self Governance order 2009.  


Below is an article published by: The Associated Press

Under recent Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self Governance order 2009, there will be a separate Governor who would be appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister.According to this Order regarding appointment of Governor, his role and functions, the Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan will act as Governor till appointment of a Governor.

It says that a person shall not be appointed governor unless he is qualified to be elected as member of the Assembly or the National Assembly of Pakistan and is not less than thirty five years of age.

The governor shall hold office during the pleasure of the President and shall be entitled to such salary, allowances and privileges as the President may determine.

The governor may, by writing under his hand addressed to the President, resign his office.

The President may make such provisions as he thinks fit for the discharge of the functions of the governor in any contingency not provided for in this order.

Before entering upon office, the governor shall make before the Chief Judge of the Gilgit-Baltistan Supreme Appellate Court an oath in the form set out in the First Schedule.

The governor shall not hold any office of profit in the service of Gilgit-Baltistan or of Pakistan nor occupy any other position carrying the right to enumeration for the rendering of services.

The governor shall not be a candidate for election as member of the Assembly, and, if a member of the Assembly is appointed as governor his seat in the Assembly shall become vacant on the day he enters upon his office.

Subject to this Order in the performance of his functions, the Governor shall act in accordance with advice of the Cabinet or the Chief Minister.

Provided that the governor may require the cabinet, or as the case may be, the Chief Minister to reconsider such advice, whether generally or otherwise, and the governor shall act in accordance with the advice tendered after such reconsideration.

The question whether any and if so what, advice was tendered to the Governor by the Chief Minister or the cabinet shall not be inquired into in, or by, any court, tribunal or other authority, the Order said.