PM Imran announces Rs370b development package for Gilgit-Baltistan

Premier says investment in tourism could turn area's fate around; govt to invest in health, youth

News Desk April 30, 2021
Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing a ceremony in Gilgit Baltistan, on April 30, 2021. SCREENGRAB


Prime Minister Imran Khan announced on Friday a package of Rs370 billion for Gilgit-Baltistan and said that investment in tourism could transform the region.

"We are announcing a package of Rs370 billion for Gilgit-Baltistan to be reimbursed over the next five years," the premier said.

"We will be focusing on hydropower projects, alongside a local distribution network and tourism connectivity," he said.

The package, premier added, is also focused on skill development and scholarships for the region's youth.

"We need to invest in our youth," he said and stressed the need to upgrade the health system. The health card that we are providing is not part of health insurance, but a health system."

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Imran added that the funds are to be directed towards water sanitation and sewerage system in Skardu, adding, "the area will also witness the operation of international flights."

Electoral decisions

The prime minister admitted that he had "made some wrong decisions in the past in awarding tickets to certain party members. I often think about those wrong decisions," he said.

He added that some people come into power only for personal gains. "Such powerful people send the illegally acquired money abroad.

"A country where there is no justice or supremacy of law cannot prosper," he maintained.


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