GILGIT, July 17 (APP): Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Saturday said that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan have always rendered sacrifices for the motherland, be it movement for independence or political reforms they have remained on the forefront.He was addressing a ceremony organized by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to hand over appointment letter to Ibrar Ahmed Ghazi, who in September 2007 saved two girls by jumping into the Gilgit River.
The minister said that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) have faced hardships with courage for political rights and improvement of the system. This distinguishes the people of this area, he added.
Qamar Zaman Kaira said that he felt at home whenever he visited G-B and he would continue visiting this area.Kaira said that it was a feather in the cap of Pakistan Peoples Party leadership, which carried out reforms in this far-flung region.
Like Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Kaira said, the present leadership promulgated empowerment order which ensured autonomy for the people of G-B.
Federal Minister said that the PPP would continue to work for the welfare of the masses, especially in the health and education sectors.
The future of Pakistan was very bright and the youth would take the country forward, he added.
Kaira appreciated the braveness of Ibrar Ahmed Ghazi and said that the entire nation was proud of him. He advised him to continue his studies and urged the youth to learn a lesson from his honesty. Later, he handed over the appointment letter to Ibrar.
The minister also lauded Esa Khan, an hotel employee, for returning 50,900 US dollars to a foreign tourist, who had forgotten the cash in a room.
Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan speaking on the occasion said that he felt honoured to be a leader of the area, where people like Ibrar Ghazi and Esa Khan lived. He also stressed the need for providing more facilities to the people of this region.
Managing Director PIA Muhammad Ejaz Haroon said the national airlines had long relations with the G-B and it would continue to provide the best possible services to the people of this part of the country.
PIA has presented its business plan to the government and efforts are being made to include more aircraft in its fleet, he added.