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Gilgit-Baltistan elections are getting more attention than ever but why?

Gilgit-Baltistan elections are getting more attention than ever but why?

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The Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBA) election is set to take place on November 15, 2020. A dozen political and religious groups, including the three largest political parties in Pakistan, have campaigned in the region to win popular support. Alliance and compromises are done frequently by different political parties to win this election

Number of seats: Gilgit-Baltistan has in total 24 seats in Legislative Assembly. The PPP has fielded 23 candidates while 21 candidates will be representing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). The PTI has announced seat adjustment with Majlis-e-Wahdat Ul Muslimeen (MWM) on two constituencies

Main promise: As part of their campaigns, all parties vowed to give full constitutional representation to GB upon their election.

Stakes: Two major political parties i.e. PPP and PML-N  have been mobilizing vigorously but what is at stake here? 

Pakistan People Party: A win for the PPP in GB would prove that unlike the 2008 election, the party’s appeal is not confined to Sindh. Instead, popular support in the strategically-important region will help the PPP revive its status as a national party with an appeal in diverse parts of the country. 

Pakistan Muslim League Noon: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, which till recently ruled in the region, is eyeing to re-establish a government in GB so that it can regain its reputation as its leadership faces massive corruption charges.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf: The ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, on the other hand, seems to be confident about winning the upcoming polls in GB. From a historical standpoint, the political party that rules the Centre has traditionally been successful in GB because the region’s financial fortunes are linked to Islamabad.

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