Prime Minister Imran Khan to visit Gilgit-Baltistan next week where he will formally announce a development package worth Rs 2.5 trillion. According to sources, the development package was finalized in a meeting chaired by Imran Khan in Islamabad on Friday. The package will include energy, infrastructure, communication, and social development projects which will be completed under a five-year program.
According to media reports, Prime Minister will be accompanied by several federal ministers in Gilgit. The Prime Minister’s visit is expected on April 5. Preparations in this regard were finalized at a recent meeting chaired by the Chief Minister in Gilgit. On the other hand, an important meeting was held on Friday under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister. This is the second important meeting in a week related to Gilgit-Baltistan. Earlier in the meeting held on March 30, the Prime Minister had approved the development package for GB. The meeting was chaired by the Prime Minister and was attended by Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid, Kashmir Affairs Minister Ali Amin Gandapur, Information Technology Minister Aminul Haq, and other senior officials. The meeting considered various projects to further improve communication facilities in Gilgit-Baltistan, especially the provision of 3G and 4G services, internet facilities.
Sources said that the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan considered several important communication projects including the construction of Astor Valley Road from Thalichi to Shuntar, Astor, Skardu Shugharthang Gorikot Road, 38 km Nagar Highway, 60 km road in Daral and Tangir, and the Shigar Payo Road project. Apart from this, plans for the construction of Expo Center in Gilgit, Sanitation and Sewerage System, Oil Bulk Depot in Skardu, LPG Air Mix Plants in Chilas, and Hunza were also discussed.
PM said that the present government is committed to the development of Gilgit-Baltistan. He said that a historic development package has been approved for the development of Gilgit-Baltistan which will open a new chapter of development in the region. Completion of the projects will change the destiny of the region, the Prime Minister said, adding that the present government has paid more attention to improving communication in GB than in the past. The 250% increase in the number of funds allocated for communication projects in the current era speaks for itself. The Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Information Technology, SCO, and PTA to continue their efforts for the betterment of communication in Gilgit-Baltistan. The Prime Minister said that in order to promote tourism and youth potential, it is important to have 3G and 4G services available in the region so that the youth can learn online through information technology and develop their skills.
Speaking on the occasion, Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid said that the provision of better internet was essential for the promotion of tourism, improvement of the IT sector, good governance, and employment opportunities for the youth in Gilgit-Baltistan. In this regard, PTA expedited the 4G / 3G auction process. It was decided at the meeting that the auction process for 3G / 4G licenses would be completed before June 2021. The meeting was convened at the special request of the Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister.