Islamabad: Speaker Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly Amjad Hussain Zaidi called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser at Parliament House.
Issues of mutual interest and overall political situation of the country specially Gilgit Baltistan came under discussion. Speaker Asad Qaiser congratulated Amjad Hussain Zaidi on assuming the office of the Speaker Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly.
The Speaker said that Gilgit-Baltistan is an integral part of Pakistan and the incumbent government is committed to the development and prosperity of the area. He said that Government of Pakistan has initiated priority steps for its social-economic development.
Referring to CPEC, Speaker said that the projects under CPEC will usher in a new era of development and prosperity in the region. He said that Gilgit-Baltistan’s role in CPEC is pivotal. He further said that GB has immense natural potential which can be used to significantly increase the development of the area. He proposed a committee in GB Assembly to oversee the projects in the area. He also informed that public and stakeholders engagement is imperative for achieving the desired results of CPEC. He informed that in this regard a series of consultation with stakeholders, intelligentsia, government officials and business community and a sitting would also be arranged in Gilgit tentatively in March, this year.
Speaker Asad Qaiser said that a component in CPEC amounting to $1 billion has been reserved for education, vocational training and tourism development, therefore in order to fully materialise the financial allocation necessary planning be done for its full utilisation. He said that the people’s sense of deprivation would be eradicated by redressing the injustices done to them in the past.
Gilgit-Baltistan Speaker Amjad Hussain Zaidi thanked the Speaker National Assembly and appreciated his sentiments for the development of Gilgit-Baltistan. He said that undoubtedly CPEC project is the guarantor of development and prosperity of Pakistan especially Gilgit Baltistan. He said that people of GB had reposed confidence in the PTI in the recent elections and the government will try to come up to their expectation.
Apprising the Speaker, Amjad Zaidi said that as per vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, steps were being taken on priority basis for development of GB. He said that Gilgit-Baltistan has been blessed with immense tourism potential and provision of infrastructure in the tourism sector can further improve the living standards of the people of the area. He said that With the timely completion of ongoing projects under CPEC projects, the goals of economic development in Gilgit-Baltistan can be achieved.