APP82-02 ISLAMABAD: December 02 – Federal Minister for Commerce, Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan meeting with Hafiz Hafeez ur Rehman, Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan. APP

ISLAMABAD, Dec 2 (APP): Commerce Minister Khurrum Dastgir Khan on Wednesday said development of new trade route from Gilgit Baltistan (GB) to Tajikistan is need of the hour which will help Pakistan to establish direct road connection with the Central Asia.
“The new trade route will open up new opportunities of enhancing trade with the Central Asian states”, he said talking to Chief Minister GB Hajiz Hafeez ur Rehman who called on
him here.He said between Pakistan and Tajikistan there is only a gap of 24 km Afghan bordering area and a new route could be developed from Gilgit through Afghanistan bordering area Vakhan where a jeep trackalready existed.He said this route would also be included in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The minister also assured the provision of all possible technical cooperation of the commerce ministry for construction of Gilgit Industrial Zone.
He said the people of GB would benefit from these industrial zones and trade routes.
The minister said the government was committed for the
development of road, rail and air links with other countries.
He also informed the CM that according to a research of Water
and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), GB has a potential to
produce 60,000 MW hydel electricity and work of numerous such
projects was ongoing.
He said for Diamir Bhasha Dam, the land acquisition process
has been completed and speedy work on the project continued.