To end the Gilgit Skardu Road Project is a Conspiracy against the Region

Zohore Mehdi (Skardu): The Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, Mehdi Shah stated that ending the programme of expanding the Gilgit-Skardu Road is a conspiracy against the people and region of Gilgit-Baltistan by the Federal Govt. Administration. He further stated that some of the high profile federal government administrators in the power echelons of Islamabad due to their personal animosity have ended this project. The project is highly important from strategic point of view as well if the road from Gilgit to Skardu was in a good condition at the time of Giyari tragedy the heavy machinery could have been taken their immediately and without dismentaling it in Gilgit to be ressambled in Skardu. Her further warned that if due to any incident any unfortunate event occurs in Baltistan linked to the poor condition of the road the administration and federal minister for communications would be responsible for it. I will take up the issue very soon with Prime Minister and President.

It is highly unfortunate for Gilgit-Baltistan to be so helpless in front of the corrupt Pakistani government administration, where even an elected Chief Minister is feeble by the crooked officers of the federal government on a very important issue. Remember Chief Minister Mehdi Shah is the representative of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) which is holding government both in the center and Gilgit-Baltistan. If Pakistanis do treat with a Chief Minister of their own party what they would be doing with the opposition, don’t forget here Sheikh Mujeeb Urehman of Bangladesh the same thing even worse is being done with Mehdi Shah.

The expansion of Gilgit Skardu Road is vital for the development of Baltistan. The current situation of road is highly precarious, which is not only narrow rather highly dangerous as well. Due to the narrowness of the road and its unsafe condition so many accidents have happened in which hundreds of precious lives have been lost. The expansion of the road will make it possible to have a safe travel from Giligit to Baltistan and to the rest of the world, which will not only make it easy for the local people to travel and have shipment of good easily, it will also promote trourism as a major source of much needed foreign exchange. At the very same time it is the only way for the military to reach to the Siachin Glacier along the border of India so it is also strategically very important.

People of Giglit-Baltistan have been demanding for the expansion and improvement of the road for a long time. There was a hope when the current government has promised and planned to expand the road, however it is also now is dying down. But the resilient people of Giglit-Baltistan have determination to force the people in Islamabad to immediately start the work on the road, if not there are planning to block all the transportation from Pakistan into Gilgit-Baltistan at the entry point in Chilas and demonstration will be taken soon.


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