GB minister vows to resist undemocratic moves against regional govt.

GILGIT -- The Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) government has announced to resist any undemocratic move by the federal government against its chief minister or government.

The region's law minister, Syed Sohail Abbas, has rejected the federal minister's statements against GB Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid Khan for allegedly using the region's police and resources for security of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan.

Mr Abbas said allegations levelled against the GB government were baseless, adding that the region's police personnel were on security of the GB chief minister and ministers in Zaman Park, Lahore.

He said Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Anwar had denied that the GB police and Punjab police clashed outside Imran Khan's Zaman Park residence in Lahore.

The GB chief minister also said that the region's police personnel were for his security in Lahore and not for the security of Imran Khan.

He added that the chief minister and other ministers had a right to go to Lahore with official protocol and security of police to meet party chairman Imran Khan.

'The GB government did not commit any unlawful act and the federal government has no ground to take any legal and constitutional action against Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid Khan. Gilgit-Baltistan is a sensitive region, and it is governed through GB Order 2018. Under these rules, the federal government has no authority to take action against the region's government,' Syed Sohail Abbas said.

He said there were no grounds for imposition of emergency in the region under article 102 of GB Order 2018.

He denied allegations levelled against the Gilgit-Baltistan police of firing teargas in Islamabad during the hearing of Imran Khan in Judicial Complex on Saturday.

The GB minister said tthe federal government blocked development, non development funds and wheat subsidy funds for...

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