President for Islamic Republic of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi on his four-day visit to Gilgit Baltistan, spoke to the media on his arrival. He assured the people of Gilgit Baltistan that they would get maximum benefits from the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC ) as this region is an important part of various projects of CPEC.
Talking to Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television in Skardu, President Alvi said that GB was one of the most beautiful places in the world and its economy could get a boost from tourism and trade through CPEC. The government, he said, wanted the people of GB to prosper through trade activities particularly in relation with CPEC.
President Dr Alvi reached Skardu in the morning. Later in the day he flew to the army’s helipad in Jutial Gilgit where he was received by Governor of Gilgit Baltistan and other officials.
The Governor of Gilgit Baltistan Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon briefed the president on the socio-economic and political situation in the region. A delegation comprising GB government functionaries and assembly members — including Speaker Fida Muhammad Nashad, Deputy Speaker Jaffarullah, Minister Dr Muhammad Iqbal, Farman Ali, Fida Khan, Opposition Leader Muhammad Shafi Khan and other opposition and treasury members met President Alvi at a local hotel.
The GB people, he said, had always thought of being a part of Pakistan but despite the passage of 70 years this dream had not turned into a reality.
The enemies of Pakistan were taking advantage of the situation by exploiting the sense of deprivation among locals and hatching conspiracies against CPEC, Dr Iqbal said, adding that Kashmiri leaders had “always been a hurdle in the provision of GB people’s rights”.
Dr Alvi assured the delegation he would look into the matter upon his return to Islamabad. He promised he would discuss the issue with Prime Minister Imran Khan and review the recommendations of the Committee of Sartaj Aziz. The president, with his family, will also visit various areas in the region in the next three days of his trip.