ISLAMABAD, Dec 6 (APP): Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid said on Sunday that the peace-loving people of Gilgit-Baltistan had rejected terrorism in its all forms and manifestations and made the region a cradle of peace.
Speaking as the chief guest at a seminar on “Realizing the potential of Gilgit-Baltistan to commemorate the independence day of GB-Nov 1, 1947” here, the minister said killing innocent people was the creed of Satan. Sometime ago some followers of evil forces had
slit the throats of innocent people after disembarking them from busses and identifying them by their identity cards, he regretted.Pervaiz Rashid said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had constituted a committee under the chairmanship of his Adviser Sartaj
Aziz on constitutional rights for GB. The people would not only get constitutional rights but also the right of economic progress during the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) rule, he added.He said like constitutional rights, road links were also vital.
Roads not only linked regions but also brought people closer, besides ushering in economic prosperity, job opportunities and increase in trade, along with promoting culture and heritage.He said after the completion of ongoing road projects, the GB
would be linked with Gwadar, Karachi, Kabul, Central Asia. Poverty and ignorance would be completely rooted out from the area with the dawn of a new era of progress and prosperity, he added. He said a new era of economic empowerment for the GB people had already begun with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which under the Prime Minister’s vision, started from that region. The door of progress and prosperity in Pakistan thus were opened via Gilgit-Baltistan, he added.The minister said ‘love for humanity’ was GB’s civilization
and such a beautiful culture and traditions should not only be introduced in other cities (of Pakistan) like Lahore and Karachi but also in all the world’s big metropolisis such as London, Paris, Moscow and Washington so that the world should know about them.
Now was the time that all the inhabitants of the earth should join hands to make the planet peaceful and secure, he stressed.He said the traditional cuisine and dresses of GB people
reflected their love for nature, beauty, flowers, colours, lakes etc. The traditional music of the GB reproduced the sound of wind blowing in winter, he said, adding the people had preserved
their culture since ages.The minister said he was at a loss to praise as to which
characteristic of the GB people’s life – their dress, music,dance or cuisine. Every aspect of their lifestyle was beautiful and praiseworthy.He said all the world nations should join hands, live peacefully and utilize one another’s resources for the benefit of entire
humanity.Later, the minister inaugurated a cultural exhibition about the GB at the art galley of the Pakistan National Council of Arts.Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman also spoke on the occasion.