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PM Kakar directs authorities to devise strategy to overcome electricity shortage in G-B
- Web Desk
- Feb 07, 2024
ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar on Wednesday emphasised the need to improve the communication system and other infrastructure in Gilgit Baltistan, saying it was vital for the region’s sustainable development.
Kakar made the remarks while meeting a 17-member delegation of Royal Foundation of Gilgit-Baltistan, led by Raja Nazim ul Amin, at the Prime Minister’s Office.
He said the improved infrastructure would enhance the tourism potential of Gilgit Baltistan and create economic opportunities for the local people.
“Gilgit Baltistan is rich in natural resources and has a very hospitable population. We have seen a positive trend in tourism after the Skardu airport was upgraded to an international airport. Many countries are interested in collaborating with Pakistan in the tourism sector,” he said.
Kakar also directed the relevant authorities to devise a strategy to address the issue of electricity shortage in Gilgit Baltistan, which he said was hampering the region’s progress.
He further instructed them to increase the quota of GB students in the higher education and technical education sectors of all provinces of the country, saying it would help in the social integration and overall development of Gilgit Baltistan.
He appreciated the services of Royal Foundation of Gilgit Baltistan in various sectors, such as health, education, and culture, and thanked them for their proposals to improve the governance and welfare of the region.
He was informed that around 1.6 million tourists visited Gilgit Baltistan last year, which was a record number.
The delegation also presented a cultural robe as a souvenir to Kakar on the occasion.