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Gilgit Baltisitan Minister Resigns Over Failure To Convince Govt To Ease Lockdown

Gilgit Baltistan Minster of Works Dr Muhammad Iqbal has resigned on Thursday over his failure to convince the government to ease the lockdown restrictions. At a press conference in Gilgit Press Club, he said that the GB representatives were not taken seriously by the local government.

The GB cabinet committee had decided on Tuesday that the lockdown restrictions will be eased. Six ministers and secretaries were also present at this meeting.

The non-implementation of the government committee’s decision apparently humiliated Dr. Iqbal and he felt the need to resign immediately.

The committee had decided to allow opening of markets, construction work and government offices from 6am in the morning to 1pm from Monday to Thursday while complete lockdown would be continued on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

On Wednesday, Dr Iqbal along with Minister for Law, Aurangzab Khan, announced a relaxation in the lockdown.

Later, adviser to CM, Shams Mir, announced a reversal of the decision, in a press statement. Reacting to this, Dr Iqbal said that the local administration had manipulated the GB affairs and insulted its representatives.

He said that the main cause of humiliation of GB people was its deprivation from the constitutional status.

245 people have been tested positive for coronavirus in GB as of now and are undergoing treatment.

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