Islamabad: Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at PM House today.
Appreciating the performance of the Chief Minister, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said that the present government accords high priority to the development and progress of Gilgit Baltistan. The mandate given by the people of Gilgit Baltistan to PML-N requires that steps must be taken on priority basis to improve the standard of living of the people. The ongoing development projects are aimed at generating economic activities in the region that would result in reduction in unemployment and poverty, the Prime Minister stated. The Prime Minister assured the Chief Minister that the federal government will extend its all out support for the well-being and uplift of the people of Gilgit Baltistan.
Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman, while thanking the Prime Minister for taking keen interest in the development of Gilgit Baltistan, apprised the Prime Minister on the status of ongoing development projects and welfare schemes in different parts of Gilgit Baltistan. The Chief Minister also thanked the Prime Minister for taking personal interest by issuing instructions to lift the stranded foreigners and Pakistanis through C-130 from Gilgit. The Chief Minister apprised the Prime Minister regarding the upcoming elections of Gilgit Baltistan Council and discussed the names of the proposed candidates with the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister stressed that all tickets should be given with consensus and on merit.
The Prime Minister said that the implementation status of the ongoing development projects and schemes need to be reviewed on regular basis. The tremendous touristic potential of Gilgit Baltistan for attracting foreign as well as local tourists should also be explored and steps should be taken for provision of essential touristic facilities besides providing comfort for the residents of Gilgit Baltistan, emphasized the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister expressed hope that the Chief Minister would honor the expectations of the residents of Gilgit Baltistan and work for bringing Gilgit Baltistan at par with rest of the country.
SAPM Dr. Asif Kirmani was also present during the meeting.