November 2007 News

Presidential package for NAs not notified despite directives

2 November 2007
The Daily Times

Gilgit: The Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas could not be notified about a presidential package announced by President General Pervez Musharraf during his visit to the Northern Areas (NAs) on October 23, despite directives issued by the Presidents Secretariat to notify the ministry by October 31, sources told Daily Times on Friday. President Musharraf announced to upgrade the existing Northern Areas Legislative Council (NALC) to a legislative assembly empowered with administrative and financial powers and with its own locally elected chief executive. The announcement was required to be notified before the date set by the Presidents Secretariat, October 31, but due to unknown reasons, it could not be notified by the Kashmir and Northern Areas (KANA) Division. The sources said that the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas had proposed to change the name of the Northern Areas Legal Frame Work Order (LFO) to the Northern Areas Good Governance Order, 2007. They said the Northern Areas Good Governance Order, 2007, would ensure governance under a proper mechanism. They added that the proposed amendments in the order would enable the legislative assembly to move a no-confidence motion against the chief executive, speaker and deputy speaker. Under the new good governance order, the regional judiciary would get some powers to exercise its jurisdiction to enforce fundamental rights, but judges would not be administered oaths under the Constitution of Pakistan. According to sources, the purpose behind changing the LFOs name to the Good Governance Order was to link the constitutional status of the Northern Areas with Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and is a part of President Musharrafs four-point formula to resolve the Kashmir issue by granting self-governing powers to the region. They said the new system devised by the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas would have no link with the Constitution. It would purely be an executive order that could be annulled by successive federal governments.


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