ABBOTABAD: Minister for Information Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government has initiated development projects worth Rs1.75 billion across Galiyat.
At the service resumption ceremony of Ayubia chairlift on Monday, Ghani said tourism was immensely important to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s economy and the government was making an all-out effort to reinvigorate the sector. “No matter where you go across the globe, tourists are given celebrity status by locals. They understand visitors not only bring foreign exchange into the country but [help foster a certain image],” he said.
He urged traders, hotel owners and transporters to treat tourists with hospitality. He expressed satisfaction over the chairlift’s repairs and said, “The service is a landmark for Ayubia.”
Elaborating on projects currently under way, Ghani said the construction of Dhamtor and Galiyat bypasses, and Murree Road’s second lane would soon be completed.
“PTI has enough councillors to form a district government in Abbottabad,” he said, adding the party’s performance in local government polls spoke for its rising popularity. He refuted claims of focusing on specific districts and said the government was spending equally for the infrastructural uplift of all districts in the province.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 7th, 2015.