Government plans new tourist destinations in GB


By Uzma Zafar

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar planning to introduce new tourist points in Gilgit Baltistan to promote Tourism. He said this while talking to Chief Minister Gilgit Muhammad Khalid Khursheed who called on him in Islamabad. Khalid Khursheed thanked Asad Umar for cooperating with GB Government and announcing historic comprehensive development package.
Last month, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced a five-year Rs370 billion uplift package for the scenic region of Gilgit Baltistan.
Addressing a ceremony here, prime minister Imran Khan said: “I have done some mistakes in awarding the party’s tickets to many people but one thing I did right was to make Khalid Khursheed Khan the chief minister of Gilgit Baltistan.”
The prime minister announced that funds to the tune of Rs370 billion would be spent in the region over the next five years, vowing to extend every possible help for the area’s well-being.
The development package envisages hydel power generation and transmission projects, connectivity projects for tourism, youth skill and scholarship program, up-gradation of health system and water and sanitation projects, he explained.On the other hand, the old generation, despite having lesser or no modern-day facilities, has probably lived longer, healthier and happier lives for being closely connected with nature to avail its life-giving physical and psychological benefits.
During the last few decades, the natural mode of life has slowly changed. Huge transformation occurred from house (open-to-close) and family structure (extended to single-parent) to mode of socialization (real-to-virtual) and medicines (herbal/homeopathic to allopathic), sleeping timings (early to late night) to eating habits (organic to inorganic) and mode of travelling (almost with no walk).
Therefore, working against the natural mode of life has created lots of tensions and a number of modern-day diseases.