Skardu, March 21: Chief Minister, Syed Mehdi Shah, today announced the establishment of Shigar District in the Baltistan division of Gilgit-Baltistan region. Shigar will now be the 8th district of the region, the others being Astore, Diamer, Gilgit, Ghanche, Ghizer, Hunza-Nagar and Skardu.
The Chief Minister also announced creation of Ghwari and Kiris sub-divisions in the Baltistan region.
The announcement was made a huge public gathering in Shigar Pologround, attended by thousands of people from across the region. The establishment of Shigar district was a longstanding demand of the people of the sub-divison. Previously, Shigar was a sub-division within the Skardu district.
The Chief Minister chose the occasion of Navroz to announce the decision. He is also likely to announce the establishment of Kharmang District within a couple of days, taking the total number of districts to nine.
While the decision to make newer administrative units in the region is politically correct and popularly appealing, its financial viability is a big question mark. Already, the district of Hunza-Nagar and other administrative units have been facing severe difficulties due to dearth of financial resources.
Provincial ministers and members of the assembly attended the ceremony along with government officials and local leaders.