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PTI will form next govt in Gilgit-Baltistan: Shibli Faraz

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz has said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will form the government in Gilgit-Baltistan with the support of coalition partners and independent candidates.

Talking to a private TV channel, the federal minister said Minister for Kashmir Affairs Ali Amin Gandapur is in contact with the victorious independent candidates. He said the name of candidate for the GB chief minister will be announced after consultation.

With regards to the allegations leveled by opposition parties, he said Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari should bring solid evidence of rigging, if any, in the election. 

Later in a press conference in Islamabad, Faraz said that the people of GB had a democratic mindset and have voted for a better future

He said that the PPP and PML-N got an opportunity but did not focus on the region. “Even before the election, these people had started chanting the mantra of rigging,” said Faraz, adding that the elections were “free and fair”.

The senator said that the opposition used to claim that the current elections would be a referendum. “If there was was rigging then we should get 14, 15 seats,” said Faraz. He also admitted that many candidates from his party were also defeated.

According to the unofficial election results, PTI secured the top position and managed to secure 10 seats, whereas, independent candidates won in seven constituencies in the GB Legislative Assembly. PPP secured victory on three seats, PML-N got two seats while Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen got one seat.