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President Alvi, PM Imran emphasized on promoting tourism in rural areas | Instant News


ISLAMABAD:

On World Tourism Day, President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan underlined that the promotion of tourism activities in rural areas can boost the national economy, and pave the way for Pakistan’s development.

President Alvi noted that the tourism sector is not only a major source of employment, but also provides opportunities for regional integration and socio-economic inclusion for remote areas.

Alvi emphasized that tourism can make a significant contribution to the country’s socio-economic development.

He praised the federal and provincial governments for their efforts to develop tourist sites and promote tourism, adding that these efforts would contribute to turning the industry into a key sector of the national economy.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, while appreciating Pakistan for its diverse landscape and history, said the government had taken various initiatives to promote tourism and focus on developing rural areas.

The prime minister said developing new destinations in rural areas was expected to raise the economic and social status of local residents.

“Pakistan has unlimited tourism potential, which the world has yet to discover,” he added.

Since taking office in 2018, the prime minister has repeatedly driven growth in Pakistan’s untapped tourism sector. He emphasized that developing tourism hubs in various tourist locations would not only highlight the country’s tourism potential but would also lead to greater job creation.

The prime minister also stated his commitment to developing eco-friendly tourism.

“From our beaches in the south to the Fairy Grasslands in the north, and the rich history of our land, Pakistan has unlimited potential to develop eco-tourism. This is a commitment we want to fulfill,” he said.

In 2019, Pakistan was named the best international holiday destination by Conde Nast Traveler – the magazine for luxury travel and lifestyle.

The British Backpackers Society ranks Pakistan as the third highest potential adventure destination in the world for 2020.

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President Okays holds a general election at GB on 15 November | Instant News


ISLAMABAD:

General elections for the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GB) will be held on November 15, according to a summary approved by President Dr Arif Alvi on Wednesday.

The summary was sent by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

More than a dozen political and religious parties, including the country’s three major parties Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will compete in the general election.

There are 33 seats in the GB Legislative Assembly, three of which are reserved for technocrats and six for women.

Elections will be held for the remaining 24 seats. More than 700,000 people will cast their votes, of which around 45 percent will be women.

This is the first time a woman has been allowed to stand in the elections from the GB Assembly.

On September 17, the government decided to increase GB to complete province status with all constitutional rights, including his representation in the Senate and National Assembly, Minister for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs Ali Amin Gandapur said.

The minister said that the prime minister would soon visit the region and make an official announcement in this regard. He added that Gilgit-Baltistan would be provided with adequate representation in all constitutional bodies, including the National Assembly and Senate.

“After consulting with all stakeholders, the federal government has decided in principle to grant constitutional rights to Gilgit-Baltistan,” the minister told a delegation of journalists from GB. “Our government has decided to fulfill the promise it made to the people there.”

However, Gandapur emphasized, after the constitutional rights were granted, subsidies and tax exemptions on wheat granted to the regions would not be withdrawn. “Until the people there are established, they will continue to enjoy this facility,” he added.

The minister said that the plunder of the Gilgit-Baltistan people for 73 years was coming to an end. In addition to the constitutional rights and provincial order, the Minister continued, important steps were also taken for regional development.

On September 22, parliamentary leaders summoned Army Chief of Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Director General of Inter-Service Intelligence Lt.Gen.Faiz Hameed to discuss Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) administrative issues among other issues.

According to sources, the PML-N delegation consisted of Shehbaz Sharif, Khawaja Asif and Ahsan Iqbal, while the PPP consisted of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Sherry Rehman.

The proposal for establishing a new provincial GB was reportedly agreed at the meeting.

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