By our correspondent
Photo: Adil Shah
Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Mr. Barjees Tahir said the federal government will transform the Attabad Lake and its surrounding villages into a large tourist spot.
Mr. Barjees Tahir made the announcement in village Gulmit, Gojal, today at the end of the closing ceremony of Silk Route Festival 2013. The minister also announced that the federal government would sponsor all future Silk Route Festivals in the region.
“It is for the first time after the killing of foreign tourists in the Nanga Parbat incident that Gilgit-Baltistan has witnessed such a mega event aimed to promote tourism in GB,” Mr. Barjees Tahir said during a press conference held at a hotel in Gulmit. “Our law enforcers have arrested almost all the culprits of the Nanga Parbat incident and they would soon be brought to justice.”
The minister also said his government would continue maintaining the policy of friendship with China and strengthening ties between China and Pakistan through the Khunjerav border.
“My government’s plan of Kashgar-Gawadar corridor is revolutionary,” said Mr. Tahir. “The project would transform the Attabad Lake into a huge tourist spot.”
The minister for KA & GB also said the Silk Route Festival would play a greater role in promoting tourism in the region. He also vowed to promote tourism in GB besides saying that he is in close contact with authorities responsible to bring peace on the ground across GB.