GILGIT: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said he has traveled around the world, seen a lot of scenic places but none was as beautiful as parts of Gilgit-Baltistan.
“We have opened the whole region for tourism and with influx of tourists the northern areas will become prosperous and developed,” Imran Khan said while addressing the Azadi Parade ceremony in Gilgit. He congratulated the Gilgit-Baltistan people on their independence day and said had they not sacrificed to get independence, they would have been facing the same unfortunate oppression being carried out in the held Kashmir.
Under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, Gilgit Baltistan would see its benefits, he said.
He also lauded the people of GB for their sacrifices in 1947-48, Kargil war and war on terror. “A Muslim does not bow down before anybody but Allah (SWT).”
The prime minister said Indian PM Narendra Modi had played his last trick in Kashmir by repealing its status, so as soon as the curfew is lifted a sea of people would erupt against the occupational forces.
Addressing the people of the region, he said by God’s grace you people were not undergoing the oppression that people of Kashmir were facing. He said no force could stop the Indian held Jammu and Kashmir from freedom now.
“I have become ambassador, spokesperson and counsel of the people of occupied Kashmir in the world,” he said.
Pakistan was the only country created in the name of Islam, he said.
Earlier on arrival in Gilgit, PM Imran had laid floral wreath at the monument of martyrs. The governor, chief minister of Gilgit-Baltistan and cabinet members will later hold meetings with him.
The PM would also inaugurate various development schemes in the region.
The 72nd independence day of Gilgit is being celebrated in Gilgit-Baltistan with traditional zeal and fervor today. The day is being celebrated to pay tributes to those heroes of liberation war and Gilgit Scouts who revolted against Dogra rule on 1st November 1947.
Political, Social and literary circles have finalized programs to celebrated the day in a befitting manner.