Islamabad (APP): Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Barjees Tahir on Friday said the government is taking steps to maintain law and order and remove backwardness of Gilgit Baltistan through promotion of tourism. Talking to a delegation of Qaumi Jirga (Diamer) during his visit to Chilas, the Minister expressed anguish over the incident at base camp in Diamer and said the incident hurt image of Pakistan.
He said a probe is continuing into the incident and after completion of inquiry, those responsible for the reprehensible act will be brought to justice. The Minister said poverty, unemployment and price hike are causes of unrest in society. People of Gilgit Baltistan depend on tourism for employment and Diamer incident has increased their economic difficulties, he added.
He said he visited embassies of the countries whose citizens became victims in the attack and informed them about the progress being made in investigations. The Minister pointed that the matter was raised in federal cabinet and National Assembly took serious notice of the incident and held a thorough debate on the issue.
Meanwhile, the Minister also spoke to leaders and workers of Pakistan Muslim League(N) who gathered on the occasion. He said PML(N) will keep in close contact with political workers of Gilgit Baltistan. The government is determined to take the country out of economic mess in which it is burdened with loans of Rs. 14500 billion. People informed that this is first visit of a federal minister to the area.