Security concerns: PM’s visit to Gilgit postponed, again

Nawaz had already postponed a visit scheduled to the region earlier this month owing to inclement weather in Gilgit


Our Correspondent February 21, 2017
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif works on his official plane as he travels to Karachi to inaugurate the M9 motorway between Hyderabad and Karachi, Pakistan February 3, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

GILGIT: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Gilgit-Baltistan, scheduled for Tuesday, was postponed on Monday, apparently due to security concerns, government officials said.

Nawaz had already postponed a visit scheduled to the region earlier this month owing to inclement weather in Gilgit, the gateway to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The prime minister was due to fly to Gilgit on Tuesday to address the joint sitting of G-B legislative assembly and the G-B Council. He was also expected to announce reforms in the G-B Empowerment and Self-rule order of 2009, under which G-B’s status was brought at par with a province.

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The fresh reforms, introduced by a constitutional committee headed by Sartaj Aziz, were set to pave the way for G-B’s representation in the parliament under a temporary arrangement to ensure the larger Kashmir issue is not affected. In addition, Nawaz was also expected to announce some relief for local residents from the prolonged power outages, which extend from 14 to 18 hours a day.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 21st, 2017.

COMMENTS (2)

Syam | 4 years ago | Reply If pm has security concerns, then how foreign cricketers will come to pak
kemosabe | 4 years ago | Reply Instead PM should send his special envoy extraordinary and plenipotentiary Zardari for a fact-finding mission as he would be more than happy to mix it up with the people.
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