Skardu, March 22: The Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, Syed Mehdi Shah, has demanded opening of the Skaru-Kargil road for trade. He made the demand today while addressing a gathering today in Skardu, in his native town.
Shah said that opening of the roads will enable trade which is vital for economic stability in the Gilgit-Baltistan region. He also said that the road will also help people from both the region to re-establish their cultural ties and links.
Opening of the Skardu-Kargil road has been a major demand of the common people, as well as various political and religious organizations. Over-reliance on the vulnerable Karakuram Highway (KKH) has led to uncertain situations in the Gilgit-Baltistan region recently. The sense of insecurity among people travelling on the KKH has increased due to terrorist activities which claimed dozens of lives during the last two years.
It is pertinent to note that very recently the government of India had also supported the opening of Skardu-Kargil road. However, the federal government of Pakistan is not in favour of opening the historical road.