ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is set to give tough time to PML-N in Upper House over the appointment of Barjees Tahir as Governor Gilgit-Baltistan on a public holiday allegedly against the rules and regulations.

“The sudden, mysterious and inexplicable rollback of G-B Empowerment Order 2009, the subsequent appointment within hours of a non-resident of G-B as Governor on the eve of crucial polls there amounts to a grave assault on the autonomy of the region and a public declaration of no confidence in over 2 million people of the region,” says an adjournment motion submitted by PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar.

According to motion, the hasty rollback of the G-B Empowerment Order 2009 on a public holiday on Saturday last so as to appoint Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs as Governor G-B is a matter of urgent public importance and the house be adjourned to take it up immediately.

Talking to media, Senator Farhatullah Babar said that there was growing resentment among the people of G-B.

The latest order issued by opening offices on a closed holiday will further aggravate the sense of alienation and frustration among its people, he added.

He said that a sub-committee of the human rights committee of the Senate under the convenership of Mian Raza Rabbani is already working on a report for massive reforms in Gilgit Baltistan and will complete its report.

He said that the appointment of a caretaker chief minister, the expansion of the cabinet from 3 to 12 members and now the appointment of an MNA as Governor just on the eve of crucial polls have raised serious questions not only about the fairness of polls but also about how the present government was taking the issues of concern to the people.