PR No.95 FEDERAL MINISTER FOR KASHMIR AFFAIRS AND GILGIT BALTISTAN’S ADDRESS TO THE INSTITUTE OF CULTURAL DIPLOMACY, BERLIN Berlin: March 10, 2017
Speaking to the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) Berlin, the Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan has said that Globalization is a reality of modern life for which we needed institutions that could promote better understanding between people from diverse cultural backgrounds. He appreciated the role of ICD in promoting global peace and stability by strengthening and supporting intercultural relations. He said that role of ICD was of utmost importance for a peaceful global society.
Federal Minister also highlighted the economic policies of current government in Pakistan and said that with sustained economic growth of over 5 %, the middle class of Pakistan is emerging that has even been noticed by the international world and publications. He said a big boost to Pakistan’s economy is expected in form of China Pakistan Economic Corridor project (CPEC), according for which an investment of nearly 70 Billion Dollars would be made in Pakistan in coming years. In addition to this CPEC is also a remarkable regional connectivity which would have wonderful and fruitful impact on lives of billions of people of South and Central Asian region.
On this occasion, the Minister also illuminated the tourism potential of Pakistan and said that Gilgit Baltistan with its majestic mountains, innumerable valleys and lakes, is called heaven on the earth. He said that security situation in GB has improved and not a single unfortunate incident has been reported in last three years. A host of infrastructural projects have been completed in GB and many more in pipeline for the facility of foreign tourists, he added. He said that currently two daily flights are being operated for GB and government is planing for opening Gilgit Airport for the international flights in near future in order to attract the foreign tourists. On this occasion, the Minister invited the German community to visit Pakistan to explore its natural beauty and richness of its culture.