the implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) has helped improve law and order situation in the province significantly,Hafeez
Saturday, October 17, 2015 – Islamabad—Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman has said the implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) has helped improve law and order situation in the province significantly.
“Due to improved law and order, coupled with road infrastructure development, and better air services, more than 650000 tourists have visited Gilgit-Balitistan (GB) in last one year and three months. The number is the highest in the last 30 years,” he told a press conference here at the GB House.
The chief minister said currently the Gilgit-Baltistan was linked with the rest of the country by Karakorum Highway (KKH). Now highways such as Gilgi-Chitral Road, Shooter Pass Road, Skardu-Muzaffarafad Road and Riakot-Babusar-Naran Kaghan Road would be constructed to reduce the reliance on the KKH, he added.
The road projects would cost some Rs 82 billion, he said.
Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman attributed the high inflow of tourists to the extensive coverage given to the area by both electronic and print media for the first time, highlighting its most fascinated and beautiful scenic vallies at domestic level as well as globally.
He urged the media to support the GB government in its efforts for bringing the province at par with the developed areas of the country.
He thanked Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for providing funds for the infrastructural development of the area.
The GB Chief Minister said the area had great potential for power
generation through hydel resources. According to WAPDA, he said, 50000 MW electricity could be generated in the province, he added.
He said that in order to exploit huge hydel and mineral resources, the GB government was planning to set up local board of investment on the pattron of Punjab Board of Investment to attract domestic and foreign investors.
He announced that steps would be taken to promote tourism in GB for the benefit of local people and the socioeconomic prosperity of the country.Festivals would also be organized in the area to attract tourists, both domestic and foeign, he added.
Regarding law and order situation, he said strict measures have
been taken in GB for the promotion of sectarian harmony, especially during the holy month of Muharram.
The GB Legislative Assembly had reptresenation of various sects as candidates from different schools of thought were elected on the the PML-N tickets, he added.
He said the GB government had controlled hate speeches as the speeches of Ulema were video recorded.
The elected representatives were also active in promotion of sectarian harmony in the province, he added.
The chief minister, however, said due to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) the area was facing threats from India which was out to make the project failed.
He also highlighted the steps taken for the promotion of health and education, particularly female education in GB.
He said each district would get MRI facility in hospitals. He thanked the Punjab Chief Minister for donating a new MRI machine for Gilgit-Baltistan.
Replying to a question, he said the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) government was conducting the accountability of the corrupt elements.
“We have reactivated the dormant National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Gilgit branch, which remained inactive for the last five years. It has some 182 employees,” he added.
He said the NAB was an independent institution and it could file references against the corrupt, even those belonging to the government.
He alleged that the former GB governor and chief minister had misused their authorities and hired expensive buildings in Islamabad costing the national exchequer.
The chief minister said earlier the GB depended on the federal government for its budget. Now it had total resources of Rs 72 billion while the GB Council had a budget of Rs 500 million, he added.—APP