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GILGIT: Federal Minister for AJK Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Barjees Tahir on Tuesday said the huge investment through China Pakistan Economic Project (CPEC) country would make Asian Tiger while GB Pakistan’s tiger.

“This CPEC has special importance in Pakistan’s context,” said Barjees Tahir while addressing a mammoth rally organized to mark the 13 death anniversary of Saifur Rehman, first president of PML-N in GB and brother of present Chief Minister Hafeezur Rehman, who was shot dead for advocating sectarian harmony in 2003.

Barjees said 40 billion Jaglote-Skardu road project has been tendered and work would start soon.

While addressing the rally, GB Chief minister Hafeezur Rehman said his government would take all possible measures to make CPEC a success.

“Nawaz Sharif’s policy is development oriented and it can’t be achieved without peace,” Rehman said, adding last year when he assumed office, the number of fugitives involved in heinous crimes in GB was more than 280. “But most of them have been arrested and only 60 of them are at large.”

Speaking about projects being undertaken by his government, he said work on 20 megawatt Hainzal hydropower project and 8-megawat Sarkarkoi power projects will start soon as the projects have been approved by the competent authority.

He said loadshedding will decrease in G-B from 20 hours to 6 hours next year as more power will be added to the system by next year.

He said recruitment on over 900 posts from grade 16 to 18 would be held under Federal Public Service Commission.

The rally was addressed by Deputy Speaker Jaffarullah, Senior Minister Akbar Taban, minister works Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, senior PML-N leader Ashraf Sada among others.(App)

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