ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has assured the people of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) that the federal government would fulfill each and every commitment in letter and spirit that was made with them during the election campaign.
The assurance was given by him on Thursday during his meeting with the newly-elected Chief Minister GB Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman who called on him at the PM House. He has come to the federal capital for the first time after his election.
Governor GB Chaudhry Barjees Tahir, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Political Affairs Dr Syed Asif Saeed Kirmani and Secretary to the PM Aslam Javaid were also present on the occasion.
The prime minister maintained that the mandate given by the people of the GB to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) requires that steps be taken on priority basis to improve the standard of living of the people with special reference to important social sectors like health, education and infrastructure development.
The sources said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that backwardness of Gilgit-Baltistan would be removed by taking solid steps for progress and development of the area. He said the GB government should make sure that people of the area get corruption-free good governance.
Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman thanked the premier for reposing confidence in him and ensured that he would try his best to make GB a role model of development and prosperity as per the vision of the prime minister and the manifesto of PML-N. He said that the victory of the PML-N was the result of the vision of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with whom the people of the GB were attaching great hopes. They have trust in the leadership in Nawaz Sharif and the PML-N, he added.
The participants of the meeting later discussed political and administrative matters related to GB. The sources said that the chief minister also sought guidance from the prime minister on formation of the cabinet in Gilgit-Baltistan.