Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party has won elections in the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly. The election was closely watched after the Imran government announced Gilgit-Baltistan would be made a province. India objected to granting provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan, stressing it remains “integral part“India based on the accession of Jammu and Kashmir in 1947.
Elections for the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly were held on 15 November. Elections were held for 24 of the 33 seats in the Assembly. The remaining 9 seats have been reserved: Six for women and three for technocrats and professionals.
In the selection to 24 seats, Daily Time reported on Tuesday, “PTI won by 10 seats, while seven were won by independent candidates. JUI and Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM) won one seat each. Six of the independent candidates have joined PTI after the election and the party already has adjustment arrangements. seats with MWM. “
In the reservation category, PTI won two technocrat seats and four women’s seats, bringing the total to 22 out of 33 seats.
The main opposition parties, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), won three and two seats, respectively.
The 24 newly elected members are scheduled to take oaths on Wednesday at the Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly.
Both the PPP and PML-N have alleged fraud in the Gilgit-Baltistan poll.
However, Imran Khan’s government rejects the claim. Federal Adviser for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur quoted by Geo News as saying “free and fair elections were held in Gilgit-Baltistan”. Gandapur stated, “The Gilgit-Baltistan believes in the leadership of Imran Khan.”
The PPP has held protests in the districts of Skardu, Ghanche, Kharmang and Shiger after its candidate lost the election in the GBA-2 constituency. The party has announced it will continue protests on Wednesday.