PM announces Rs370bn uplift package for GB

• Says region can earn more through tourism than it gets from Centre
• Asad says Rs140bn will be spent on nine hydel power projects, Rs35bn on roads

GILGIT: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday announced a special package worth Rs370 billion for the development of Gilgit-Baltistan, with focus on electricity and road projects aimed at boosting tourism.

“This Rs370 billion package for five years is just a beginning. We will be assisting you more as you require. As per my prediction if you properly take care of tourism, you will no more need money from the Centre rather we will seek funds from you. You do not know how blessed you are,” said Mr Khan while addressing a ceremony in Gilgit.

The prime minister, who was accompanied by Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, Minister for Kashmir Affairs Ali Amin Gandapur, special assistants to the prime minister Dr Sania Nishtar and Zulfiqar Bukhari during his daylong visit to Gilgit, said that for the first time…

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