Social Science Expo 2016 on 24-25 February 2016
Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman talking to The News.
Social Sciences Expo-2016
CM expects 1 million tourists to turn up in Gilgit-Baltistan
Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman lias said that following policies adopted by the PML-N Government, over one million domestic and foreign tourists are expected to nun up in the northern areas of the country during next tourism season.
Talking to ‘The News’ Hafiz Hafeezur Rehinan said that he believed in reflecting soft image of the country through promotion of tourism in Gilgit-Baltisan which offers tremendous tourist places and diversified culture.
He pointed out during the last summer season, the inflow of domestic tourists increased from 50,000 to 500,000 which was a record. “Now we expect order situation in Gilgit-to receive around one million Baltistan was exemplary, tourists, this year,” he added, which provides suitable envi-The GB chief minister ronment for tourism. “As per maintained that the law and Global Peace Index, GB region has been declared as 100 per cent peaceful region,” he said.
He pointed out that the northern areas carry religion, cultural and language diversity, which never turns into a disaster.
In order to promote tourism in GB, Hafiz Hafeezur Rehinan the government was focusing on development of road infrastructure.
He said that in addition to existing road network including _ Karakorum Highway 24-25 February and Babusar Road, the federal government plans to take up Rs82 billion project of road link passing through Shauntar Pass from Muzaffarabad to Gilgit. The government had hired Chinese consultants to cant out feasibility study of the mega project, which if found feasible would be completed in three to four years.
He said that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had also been signed between governments of Punjab and Gilgit-Baltistan for promotion of tourism and cooperation wit h each other in this particular field.
Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman appreciated the Jang Media Group for planning Social Sciences Kxpo-2010 to be held at Pak China Friendship Center Islamabad from February 24 to 26 having theme ‘Social Sciences-Bridging the Sociopolitical Divide’. “This will be a good Initiative to highlight crucial role of Social Sciences in human lives,” he said.
The GB chief minister also observed that the Jang Group has also been playing important role in strengthening and continuation of democratic system in the country.