Governor Gilgit-Baltistan and Sartaj Aziz, PM’s advisor on foreign affairs discuss future of GB

Islamabad: The Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan today met with Sartaj Aziz, Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs. The future of Gilgit-Baltsitan, issues related to the Chian-Paksitan Economic Corridor and other important matters were discussed during the meeting.

Sartaj Aziz during the meeting said that the package under consideration will address the needs and aspirations of the people, and that the GB region will get representation in national financial bodies.

Earlier, Mir Ghazanfar told Aziz that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan have unconditionally acceded to Pakistan after getting independence. He hoped that the future constitutional reforms will be based on the aspirations and demands of the people of GB. He also highlighted the discontent present in Gilgit-Baltistan vis-à-vis the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. He urged the federal government to address the demands of the people of GB. MLA Rani Atiqa Ghazanfar and secretary to Governor Najeeb Alam were also present during the meeting.

Mir Ghazanfar also demanded that mega projects like Skardu-Jaglote road, Bunji Hydro Power Project should be included in the CPEC initiatives to ensure timely completion. He also demanded the establishment of Pakistan Consulate in Xinjiang, and China’s Consulate in Gilgit city to facilitate trade and people-to-people contacts.

PM’s Advisor assured the governor that efforts will be made to establish consulates in the neighboring regions, i.e. Xinjiang and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan also demanded that at least 10MW electricity be imported initially from China via the Khunjerav Pass to resolve the chronic power shortage issue in Hunza District.

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