PM announces Rs2b package for G-B

Published: September 29, 2012
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Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf being received by G-B chief minister, Mehdi Shah and G-B cabinet members and legislators on his arrival at the airport. PHOTO: APP

Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf being received by G-B chief minister, Mehdi Shah and G-B cabinet members and legislators on his arrival at the airport. PHOTO: APP

GILGIT: 

On his maiden official visit to Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) on Friday, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf announced a development package worth Rs2 billion for the region.

“I want to assure you that the federal government will extend its support to make the system a success,” the premier said in his address to a joint session of the G-B Assembly and G-B Council on Friday. Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira and Kashmir Affairs Minister Mian Manzoor Watto accompanied the premier on the trip.

Earlier in the day, the premier was also briefed on development projects, the law and order situation and the financial crunch faced by the G-B government.

Premier Ashraf then flew to Hunza to inaugurate the new 25-kilometre road linking Gojal Valley with the rest of the country. He also inaugurated the Khunjerab to Raikote portion of the Karakoram Highway, which was expanded and upgraded by China.

The premier also had an aerial tour of the 23-kilometre-long Attabad Lake formed in 2010 after a massive landslide blocked the Hunza River, submerging at least three villages upstream and large swathes of land.

In his address to the joint session, Ashraf announced an increase in the number of PIA flights between G-B and Islamabad and said that measures would be taken to provide security to people travelling on the Karakoram Highway.

“We have taken appropriate measures to ensure safe travel on the Karakoram Highway,” he said, adding that militants were trying to disrupt peace in the region.

He urged the regional government to formulate policies to promote tourism and exploit the immense natural resources present in the region.

The G-B Assembly’s only nationalist opposition member Nawaz Khan Naji boycotted the premier’s address to the joint session. The opposition leader was also unimpressed with the Rs2 billion package announced by the premier.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 29th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Hasnain Ali Hunzai
    Sep 29, 2012 - 10:53AM

    These are all the shallow grants unless G-B is made a province equal to the status of all other four provinces of the country. Although PPP govt announced to make it a province over 3 years ago but still G-B has no representation in Council of Common Interests (CCI), no share in National Finance Commission (NFC) awards, no High Court, no representation in Senate, no forum to resolve the issues of common man!

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  • Karim
    Sep 29, 2012 - 2:08PM

    I think ex premier Gilani also made some huge announcements including International airports in Gilgit and Skardu at the time of elections…………but nothing transpired……………… now again the election year is ahead…………similar statements are being made……….dont fool us………Recommend

  • Shahid
    Oct 2, 2012 - 1:15PM

    The GB government must move the GB headquarter from Gilgit to Skardu. Gilgit has been under clashes for last five years. And this clash will never end.

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