Mirpur (Nation): A two-day conference concluded in Gilgit with unanimous resolve to make concerted efforts for the promotion of socio-economic and cultural ties between AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Titled “Reviving and strengthening trade, cultural and social ties between AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan”, the conference was hosted by a local civil society organisation. It was participated by the civil society representatives and politicians.
Information Minister Sadia Danish was the chief guest at the concluding session. GB Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker Jamil Ahmed, GDWO’s permanent representative Tasleem Akhter, GB Chamber of Commerce & Industry Vice President Aiman Shah, AJK Council Member Sardar Sagheer Ahmed, Ershad Mahmud, Syed Waqas Ali, Atia Anwar, Mir Adnan Mahmood, Muhammad Aqeel and Khalid Ahmed were also present.
The speakers hoped that such conferences, institutional linkages and bilateral visits of the representatives of all sections of the civil society from AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan would promote trade and business activities in the regions.
They stressed bringing about more bilateral cooperation between AJK and GB in all the fields of life for the prosperity of the two regions. They pointed out that because of the lack of required means of communications between AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan for over six decades, the people had no links between them.
They highly appreciated the initiatives and plan announced by the government of Pakistan about construction of a direct highway from AJK and GB through Neelam Valley to link the Silk-route at near Gilgit. They thanked the government for the proposed plan.
They also emphasised the need for bilateral visits, and postings and transfers of the government officials including expertise of education and nation-building institutions in AJK and GB.
Highlighting the salient features and objectives of the conference, Aisha Jehangir Khan, chairperson of Green Development Welfare Organisation, said that it was organised to bring the people of GB and AJ&K on one platform to revive and encourage ancient mutual socio-economic and cultural times.