Islamabad, April 15: The Senat of Pakistan’s Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan met today in the federal capital. The meeting was attended by Senator Jahangir Badar, Senator Farhatullah Babar, Senator Mustafa Kamal and Committee Chairman, Senator Haji Adeel, among others. Gilgit-Baltistan was represented by Chief Secretary Sajad Saleem Hottiana.
The Standing Committee discussed issues related to the Attabad disaster and the rehabilitation effort, or the lack of it. Reports were also sought about the condition of the affected people, especially who had come on the roads and against whom several cases were registered on political grounds. The committee has, reportedly, asked the Chief Secretary to share details about the fate of the IDPs and the victims of political cases. The committee has also reportedly expressed displeasure at the slow pace of work related to rehabilitation of the area affected by the Attabad Landslide disaster.
The GB Chief Secretary told the committee that absence of a “Power Grid” in the region is important for transfer of electricity to other parts of the country in the future. The power generation capacity of the region was also discussed.
The GB Chief Secretary also discussed different issues being faced by the regional government, which is highly dependent on Islamabad for finances. The committee was also updated about the PSDP and ADP projects currently underway in the region.