GILGIT - Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman of the National Party was elected unopposed as Gilgit-Baltistan chief minister on Friday.

Nomination forms for the post of chief minister were to be submitted on June 26 in the G-B Assembly secretariat from 10am to 2pm and the election was to be held at 5pm at the assembly session. As no other candidate filed nomination papers, Hafiz was elected to the slot unopposed.

“In the greater interest of the province and the country, we have decided not to field any candidate against Hafiz. He is competent enough to lead all political forces in such critical times for Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan,” said Raja Jahanzaib, parliamentary leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. “The nomination of Hafiz as CM is a good omen for the country and the province,” said Sheikh Sikandar of Islami Tehreek Pakistan.

Hafizur Rehman thanked all political forces and expressed the determination that he would discharge his responsibilities impartially. All political forces would be taken into confidence, he said.

Hafizur Rehman is the 2nd chief executive of the province. Born in Kashrote village of Gilgit, Hafizur Rehman got his early education from a village school. He secured his masters in Islamiat and also did Hifz-e-Quran.

Later, Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman took oath as the 2nd chief minister of Gilgit-Baltistan on Friday. The oath-taking ceremony was held at the Governor’s House. GB Governor Barjees Tahir administered the oath to him at a ceremony attended by politicians, government officials and representatives from the civil society.