President Mamnoon Hussain, on the advice of the Prime Minister, approved the following amendments in Gilgit-Baltistan (Empowerment and Self-Governance) Order, 2009.

The summary for the proposed amendments was initiated by the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Following is the text of the Order;

“S.R.O— (1)/2014- In exercise of the power conferred by Article 93 of the Gilgit-Baltistan (Empowerment and Self-Governance) Order, 2009, the Government of Pakistan is pleased to direct that the following amendments shall be made in the aforesaid order, namely:-In the aforesaid order,

a) in Article 33, for clause(10), the following shall be substituted, namely:-

“(10) an elected member shall hold office for a term of five years from the day he enters upon his office”;

b) In Article 35, after clause (4), the following new clause shall be inserted namely;-

“(5) on dissolution of Assembly on completion of its term, or in case it is dissolved under Article 41, the Chairman of the council shall appoint a caretaker Cabinet:

Provided that the caretaker Chief Minister shall be selected by the Chairman of the Council in consultation with the Chief Minister, the Leader of the Opposition in the outgoing Assembly and the Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan;

Provided further that the Members of the Caretaker Cabinet shall be appointed on the advice of the caretaker Chief Minister:

Provided also that if the Chief Minister, the leader of the Opposition in the outgoing Assembly and Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan do not agree on any person to be appointed as care-taker Chief Minister, the Chairman of the Council may appoint, in his discretion, a care-taker Chief Minister,” and

(c) In Article 41, after clause (2), the following new clause shall be inserted, namely:-

“(3) Notwithstanding anything in the Order, if at any time it is not possible for any reason to hold general election to the Assembly, the Government of Pakistan may postpone the election for a period not exceeding ninety days at a time.”

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