ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz on Monday said the Gilgit Baltistan (GB) would soon emerge as an economic ‘base camp’ of the country due to its strategic location on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) route.
Addressing a news conference along with GB and Kashmir Affairs Minister Ali Amin Khan Gandapur, he said the federal government had doubled GB’s development budget and taken all possible measures for its uplift despite financial constraints caused by the novel coronavirus.
Representatives of Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM), who have announced to join the PTI for the upcoming election in GB, were also present at the press conference.
During the last two years, he said, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government never attempted to destabilise the governments in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) or GB as it fully believes in promoting democratic norms in the country.
The minister said all the governments, who came to the power with a public mandate, should be given an opportunity to complete tenures.