ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Shehryar Khan Afridi has said that Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) is the principal stakeholder of the Kashmir dispute and the Kashmir Committee would make the future GB representatives and lawmakers a permanent feature of the international interactions.
In a meeting with a delegation comprising of journalists from GB, he said that India has been investing millions to sow the seeds of dissent in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) but the people of these areas have stood firm to foil all nefarious designs of the enemy.
The President GB Journalists Forum Ghulam Abbas led the delegation while Shabbir Hussain, Abrar Hussain, and others were a part of the delegation.
Shehryar Khan Afridi lauded the services of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan for their love and affection with Pakistan and said that the people of GB are very close to my heart.
Afridi said that being fundamental stakeholders to the Kashmir dispute, GB representatives would be a permanent part of the Kashmir Committee meetings and activities.
Shehryar Afridi said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had abolished the No Objection Certificate (NoC) for foreign tourists to visit Gilgit-Baltistan which is largely benefiting GB revenues.
He said that GB would also be arranging meetings of GB representatives with CPEC Authority and other officials related to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
He said that the Kashmir Committee would also work for more social welfare projects in Gilgit-Baltistan.
He said that youth engagement with GB youth would be his priority subject and he would expand his interaction with the GB youth.
He said that GB representatives would be a permanent feature in international interactions on the Kashmir issue.
He said that the Kashmir Committee would also interact with the GB lawmakers.
The delegation expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Imran Khan for revoking the NOC condition for foreigners to visit the GB.
They said that this would greatly help boost revenues due to the increase in GB tourism.