Monday, 17 May 2021 04:45 GMT

Pak PM Announces Rs 370 Bn Development Package For Gilgit-Baltistan

(MENAFN - Kashmir Observer) Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan

Pakistan- Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday announced a development package of Rs 370 billion for Gilgit-Baltistan to help its youth through skill development initiatives and transform the region into a top tourism destination.

Khan visited the region's capital Gilgit along with Cabinet ministers and addressed a gathering attended by lawmakers of Gilgit-Baltistan and supporters of Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party to unveil the package.

'We are announcing a package of Rs 370 billion for Gilgit-Baltistan to be reimbursed over the next five years,' he said.

Khan said the investment in tourism could transform the region of Gilgit-Baltistan as it was twice the size of Switzerland and more beautiful than the small European country known as a haven for tourists.

'By developing infrastructure for tourism, Gilgit-Baltistan would not only become rich but would be in a position to support the rest of the country instead of looking towards Islamabad for help,' he said.

Khan said Gilgit-Baltistan was the best place for food processing factories and hydropower projects, promising to invest in these sectors. He said the package will also focus on skill development and scholarships for the region's youth.

He said the government would build facilities to start operations of international flights to the region.

Khan visited the region last year during the election campaign for its legislative Assembly and had promised to give the status of provisional province to the region and initiate development. His party won the polls and is now ruling the region.

India has previously slammed Pakistan for its attempt to accord provincial status to the 'so-called' Gilgit-Baltistan, saying it is intended to camouflage the 'illegal' occupation of the region by Islamabad.

Thank you for connecting with us. We will respond to you shortly.


11https://kashmirobserver.net/wp-content/plugins/nex-formsfalsehttps://kashmirobserver.net/support-our-journalism/redirecthttps://kashmirobserver.net/wp-admin/admin-ajax.phphttps://kashmirobserver.net/2021/04/30/pak-pm-announces-rs-370-bn-development-package-for-gilgit-baltistanyes1fadeInfadeOut Subscribe Now for NewsletterSubmit Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Anurag Srivastava had said India 'firmly rejects' the attempt by Pakistan to bring material changes to a part of Indian territory which is under Islamabad's 'illegal and forcible occupation' and asked the neighbouring country to immediately vacate such areas.

Be Part of Quality Journalism

Quality journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce and despite all the hardships we still do it. Our reporters and editors are working overtime in Kashmir and beyond to cover what you care about, break big stories, and expose injustices that can change lives. Today more people are reading Kashmir Observer than ever, but only a handful are paying while advertising revenues are falling fast.


YEARLY Rs 1000



Legal Disclaimer:
MENAFN provides the information “as is” without warranty of any kind. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, images, videos, licenses, completeness, legality, or reliability of the information contained in this article. If you have any complaints or copyright issues related to this article, kindly contact the provider above.

Wear It Live: Wearable Tech for People with Disability