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Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Invites Private Sector To Contribute For The Prosperity of Province

Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Invites Private Sector To Contribute For The Prosperity of Province

Shahid | category: Business

Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Invites Private Sector To Contribute For The Prosperity of Province. Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman has invited the private sector to join hands with the government of Gilgit-Baltistan and start flight operation for this area.

While talking to the LCCI President Malik Tahir Javaid, Senior Vice President Khawaja Kharar Rashid and Vice President Zeshan Khalil, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan, he said that Gilgit-Baltistan is abundant with huge opportunities in tourism, energy and infrastructure sectors. He said that PIA operation for Gilgit-Baltistan is not enough to cater to the needs therefore private sector should come forward and avail this opportunity. Former LCCI President Mian Shafqat Ali also spoke on the occasion.

He said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has generated lucrative investment opportunities that must be availed by the local investors. Under this project industrial and economic zones are being established which will create ample employment opportunities for the people of this area.

On the energy sector, CM GB said that Gilgit-Baltistan is not linked with the national grid which is the major hurdle of taping the power generation potential. He said that GIZ and WAPDA have identified the potential of 40,900 MW through feasibility reports. He said that establishment of first grid in Gilgit-Baltistan is at tender stage. He said that no serious work had been done in past for Diamir Bhasha Dam but now situation is quite different. He said that land acquisition for Diamir Bhasha has been completed through transparent way. All record in this regard is available in this regard and a huge amount of Rs. 12 billion is saved through transparency. He said that Diamir Basha, Bujni and Dasu would generate 4500 MW, 7500 MW and 5000 MW of cheap and environment friendly electricity of respectively that would reduce the oil import bill.

CM GB said that Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif extended laudable help to the government Gilgit-Baltistan in health and education sector. “People of Gilgit-Baltistan are thankful to the taxpayers of Punjab for helping generously”, he concluded.

While talking about the tourism potential, he said that Gilgit-Baltistan is the most wonderful area of the country and has lot of attractions for the tourists. He said that various measures are being taken to tap the vast potential of tourism in Gilgit-Baltistan and focusing this sector for higher economic gain. He said that number of tourists is increasing that is a good sign. He said that apart from tourism, mining, food preservation, the area has a very huge potential for cement and herbal sectors, therefore, the business community should come forward to explore these opportunities that offer a huge dividend.

The LCCI President Malik Tahir Javaid said that the region of Gilgit-Baltistan has immense importance in geo-economic and geo-strategic terms. Geographically, Gilgit-Baltistan shares borders in the northeast with China, in the extreme north with Wakhan corridor of Afghanistan, in the west with KPK province and in the south and southeast with Azad Kashmir. He said that it is also endowed with vast resources of metallic, non-metallic, energy minerals, precious /dimension stones and different rocks of industrial use. He said that GB is located at the confluence of world great mountain ranges like the Himalaya, Hindukush, Karakoram and Pamir mountain ranges, which are considered the high roof of the world.

The LCCI President said that Gilgit-Baltistan has a bright economic future. CPEC is expected to bring an economic transformation in Gilgit-Baltistan because of infrastructure development, construction and hydropower stations. Some mega development projects have already been started. He said that according to the Government of Pakistan, the province of Gilgit-Baltistan has a hydropower potential of 19,000 MW as the Indus River and its six main tributaries pass through this region. This potential can be harnessed if the Government establishes a regional grid in Gilgit-Baltistan to interlink all the power potential sites. It is due to the absence of the national grid that the NEPRA’s jurisdiction has not been extended to Gilgit-Baltistan.

He said that Gilgit-Baltistan also has tremendous potential in tourism. Beautiful landscape, unique cultural heritage and rich biological diversity give the region a competitive advantage in attracting tourists from all over the world. He strongly recommended the business community of the city to tap the investment opportunities available in Gilgit-Baltistan in the hospitality business. He said owing to its cool, dry climate and availability of water resources, Gilgit-Baltistan has great potential in agriculture. Fruits such as apricots, apples, grapes, pears and pomegranate are widely produced in this region. Dried fruits and nuts are also produced in this region. This region is ideal for growth of temperate fruits and vegetable and has a low insect, disease, and pest population

Malik Tahir Javaid said that the other sectors in which there is a tremendous potential to invest in Gilgit-Baltistan are food and beverages, healthcare, recreation, travel services, skill development, mineral processing units, hydropower IPPs, handicrafts and retail.

He urged the Government of Pakistan to address the constitutional status needs of the Gilgit-Baltistan according to the wishes of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. They do not have any representation in parliament. It is their demand that they should be declared constitutional citizens of Pakistan and Gilgit-Baltistan be made a full fledge province. The Government should also make sure that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan reap full benefits from CPEC.

The LCCI Senior Vice President Khawaja Khawar Rashid and Vice President Zeshan Khlil called for value addition in precious and semi-precious stone sectors saying that it would give us more foreign exchange. They informed the CM GB that Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry is already working on establishment of airline.

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Ex federal Minister Malik Muhammad Naeem Passes Away

Ex federal Minister Malik Muhammad Naeem Passes Away

Sumera Saeed | category: News

Ex federal Minister Malik Muhammad Naeem Passes Away. Former Federal Minister for trade and communication Malik Muhammad Naeem khan Awan passed away Monday in the age of 66 after long illness.
He was the younger brother of late Muhammad Saleem Awan, uncle of former TV anchor person Malik Muhammad Adil, husband of former federal minister for women and youth Samera Malik, uncle of Major Retd Faisal Arab and federal secretary for Gilgit Baltistan Malik Tahir Sarfaraz Awan.
A huge number of political, religious, media and traders attended his funeral prayer.
He was buried in the native village of Khushab.

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5 Best Places to Visit in Pakistan This Summer

Sumera Saeed | category: News

Nowadays people are facing hottest summer in Pakistan and also keeping obligatory fast of Ramzan.

To avoid the summer heat and make Ramzan more special for you we will let you know 5 best places in Pakistan you should plan your trip.

Here are the five best places to visit in Pakistan this summer:

Shandur Lake:

Shandur Lake

It is located in the Ghizer district of the Gilgit-Baltistan. The Shandur Lake is home to the highest polo ground in the world, it is frequently called the “Roof of the world. Situated in the of Gilgit and Chitral the Shandur Lake is the best cool place for the visitors in this summer season.

Gojal Valley:

Gojal Valley

It is situated near the China, Afghanistan border and is located in the Gilgit Baltistan District. Awesomely attractive Gojal Valley is famous for its natural beauty that surpasses our expectation.

Kalash valley:

Kalash valley

One of the major attractions for visitors in Pakistan is Kalash Valley. It is one of the coolest places in Pakistan in summer season. Kalash Valley has historical backgrounds which roots meets to Greek civilization. It contains loads of natural scenes with beautiful lakes, mountains, hills, log houses, etc.

Ghanche district:

Ghanche district

The districts headquarter in Khaplu, Ghanche spot is famous for its stone buildings, apricot trees and camping sites. Ghanche district is the centre of attraction for the tourists  and also includes attractive spots including Khaplu Palace, Chaqchan Mosque, and Shyokriver.



Thandiani is a hill station which is famous for its low temperatures even in the summer season.  As its name suggest very cold, it’s a place where you can visit with your family to avoid the summer heat and also can enjoy the natural beauty of hill station.

No Rainfall in Punjab, Weather To remain Dry And Smog To Continue To Disrupt

No Rainfall in Punjab, Weather To remain Dry And Smog To Continue To Disrupt

Sumera Saeed | category: News

No Rainfall in Punjab, Weather To remain Dry And Smog To Continue to Disrupt

We reported earlier that the smog has disrupted the life of the people of Punjab and causing too much respiratory illnesses in the province.

Once again the Smog is to continue to disrupt the life in Punjab as the weather is to remain dry for the next two months. The Pakistan Meteorology Department forecasts the weather, according to their report there will be no rainfall in Punjab and weather to remain dry with the cloudy blanket of Smog.

The Meteorology Department said that the weather to remain cold and dry in the different regions of Pakistan including Hazara, Mardan, Peshawar, Kohat, Rawalpindi, Malakand, , Northern FATA, Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir. There may be rain and snow fall on the mountainous regions.

Necessary Precautions and Foods to Combat Air Pollution

The Chief of meterologist department Muhammad Riaz said that the weather to remain dry and the temperature will be low with no or low rainfall.  The dry and foggy weather will cause a number of respiratory diseases like cold, cough, flu and the atmosphere will be critical for asthma patients as well.

Syra Shahroz and Kent S Leung to Star in “Chalay Thay Saath”

Syra Shahroz and Kent S Leung to Star in “Chalay Thay Saath”

Sumera Saeed | category: Celebrity

Syra Shahroz and Kent S Leung to Star in “Chalay Thay Saath”

Famous actress Syra Shahroz is all set to star in an upcoming Pakistani movie “Chalay Thay Saath” opposite international actor and filmmaker Kent S Leung.

The film “Chalay Thay Saath” will feature the Pak-China Friendship context and will be shot in Gilgit-Baltistan. This is the first Pakistani film to be shot in Gilgit-Baltistan. The story of the movie “Chalay Thay Saath” is written by Atia Zaidi and directed by Umer Adil with the producer Beenish Umer.

The star cast of the film Chalay Thay Saath” includes:

  • Kent S Leung
  • Osama Tahir
  • Zhalay Sarhadi
  • Syra Shahroz
  • Behroze Sabzwari
  • Mansha Pasha
  • Faris Khalid
  • Sherbaz Saleem
  • Shamim Halai

The film will be released under the banner of Distribution Club in 2017.

Earth Quake in Pakistan Jolts Northern Areas

EarthQuake in Pakistan Jolts Northern Areas

Sumera Saeed | category: Earth Quake in Pakistan

EarthQuake in Pakistan Jolts Northern Areas

It has been reported that a moderate earthquake jolts the northern areas of Pakistan today on 1st October, 2016. The 5.5 magnitude of earth quake was felt in the north western parts of Pakistan including Malakand Division, Peshawar, Islamabad,Gilgit Baltistan, Abbottabad district, Skardu, Chillas, and Azad Kashmir. There are no reports of damage so far.

The National Seismic Monitoring Centre of the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said that the earthquake in north western areas of Pakistan is measured 5.5 magnitude and a depth of 43.4 km.

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