Gilgit, March 19: Chaudhary Barjees Tahir, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan has said that the recent hike in the price of wheat was the provincial government’s doing. He said that wheat will continue to be sold at at the subsidized rate. He also added that the Prime Minister wants to develop Gilgit-Baltistan, bringing it at par with other parts of the country. Tahir also ensured the public that appointments on vacant posts will be held transparently, based on merit and rule of law.
Chaudhary Barjees Tahir was addressing the death anniversary of slain PMLN leader, Saifur Rehman Khan, in Gilgit today. He had arrived in the regional capital along with MNA Marvi Memon in a helicopter to attend a mammoth show staged by the PMLN in the historical Garhi Bagh area, in the heart of Gilgit. Thousands of people had gathered to listen to the PMLN leaders.
The Federal Minister also said that the provincial government has promoted a culture of loot and plunder in the past. He said that PMLN will be able to form its government in the future.
Earlier, the gathering, which is being seen as a show of power by the PMLN Gilgit-Baltistan, was addressed by Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman, Chief Oganizer and MNA Marvi Memon.
After arrival in Gilgit, the dignitaries were briefed by the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan as well as by the Chief Secretary, who informed them about the steps being taken improve governance in the region.