GILGIT – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday performed groundbreaking of Pakistan-China Optical Fiber Cable Project on Thursday (today).
This landmark telecommunication project is part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Barjees Tahir, Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman, Gilgit-Baltistan Governor Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan and GB Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the premier said the project will further improve telecommunication sources in Gilgit Baltistan. Soon the people of this territory will also enjoy 3G and 4G services, he added.
Nawaz Sharif went on to say that such landmark projects are integral part his government’s visionary policies. He paid tribute to the engineers and workers participating in different development project.
The Prime Minister also announced grants several new development projects in the region.
The Optical Fiber Cable project will cost US$44 million and will be completed in two years. Special Communication Organization will lay 820 kilometre long cable from Rawalpindi to Khunjarab.
On completion the project will provide an alternate telecommunication route between Pakistan and China.
During the day-long visit, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will also administer oath taking ceremony of the newly elected members of Gilgit Baltistan Council.
Earlier this day, immediately after his arrival in Gilgit, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated Gilgit-Baltistan CPEC patrolling police headquarters.
The patrolling force comprising three hundred personnel will help ensure safe and smooth flow of traffic on the 439-kilometre chunk of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project in Gilgit. China has also gifted twenty-five vehicles for the patrolling police.
via Pakistan Today