GB’s mainstreaming in education, health sectors on cards
ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Thursday said efforts were afoot to mainstream Gilgit-Baltistan in diverse areas particularly education, health and information technology so as to ensure its economic prosperity.
In a meeting with newly-elected members of Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly at Aiwan-e-Sadr, the president said effective and sustainable steps would be taken to bring Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) at a par with rest of the developed areas of the country.
Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur and Speaker Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly Syed Amjad Ali Zaidi also attended the meeting.
President Alvi said the natural beauty of Gilgit-Baltistan offered immense potential in tourism sector and stressed a strategy to maximum exploit the available opportunities.
He said development in education and health sectors was important for prosperity of Gilgit-Baltistan, adding every possible effort would be made to resolve the problems in this regard.
In view of the hurdles in online education, he said, proper infrastructure would be put in place and assured that funds would be released soon for provision of 4G broadband connection in the area.
He said China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would usher in a new era of economic development for GB and also prove beneficial for the economy of the area.
Also, the regional trade through Gwadar Port and upgrading the capacity of Karakorum Highway would put a positive impact on economy of GB, he added.
He also called for modern technology and infrastructure to benefit from the potential of GB’s mineral sector.–APP