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Federal Minister Amir Muqam Commits to Accelerated Development in Gilgit-Baltistan

Gilgit, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan and SAFRON, Engr. Amir Muqam, has announced a series of initiatives aimed at boosting development and addressing infrastructural challenges in Gilgit-Baltistan. During a press conference held in the region, Muqam outlined plans to enhance local hydropower capabilities, improve tourism infrastructure, and strengthen the overall economic stability of the area.

According to Press Information Department , Muqam, accompanied by former Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman, and MNA from Kohistan, Muhammad Idrees, expressed a commitment to increase the capacity of the Hanzel Hydropower Project to 40 MW. This expansion is part of broader efforts to leverage the region’s abundant natural resources and reinforce its status as a prime destination for tourists.

The Federal Minister also addressed issues affecting the local community, such as frequent flight cancellations which have inconvenienced residents and tourists alike. In response, he announced plans to request Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to deploy C-130 aircraft to improve accessibility to the region. Furthermore, Muqam emphasized ongoing efforts to secure constitutional rights for the residents, including the appointment of judges to the Supreme Appellate Tribunals, and pledged to support traders involved in Pakistan-China trade routes.

Highlighting his recent discussions with Gilgit-Baltistan’s Chief Minister Gulbar Khan, Muqam affirmed that improving coordination between the regional government and the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan is a priority. They discussed several critical issues including security, budget allocations, and the provision of essential supplies like wheat to the region.

Muqam reassured that his ministry is fully committed to supporting the development of Gilgit-Baltistan and will continue to work towards resolving economic challenges, irrespective of political affiliations. He also noted that he had briefed Prime Minister Sharif about the pressing needs of the region, including salary issues and development projects, ensuring that these matters receive the attention they require at the federal level.