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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project will put the country on the path of sustainable development.

He was addressing ground breaking ceremony of Pakistan-China Optical Fiber Cable project in Gilgit on Thursday.

The Prime Minister said the mega project will not only bring economic benefits to the people, but also help to address the issue of extremism by creating job opportunities for the youth.

Nawaz Sharif said the federal government is determined to steer the country out of all  challenges and has also achieved significant success in this regard. 

He said Pakistan-China Optical Fiber cable project will bring 3-G and 4-G services to Gilgit Baltistan. He said Gilgit-Baltistan will soon emerge as the most developed area with the launching Optical Fiber like projects.

The Prime Minister directed the authorities concerned to expand the network of Pakistan-China Optical Fiber cable project to Gwadar and other areas of the country.

He also announced the construction of a technical training institute in Gilgit to equip  youth of the area with the modern technical education. 

Earlier, the Prime Minister inaugurated Gilgit Baltistan CPEC Patrolling Police in Gilgit.

The patrolling force, comprising three hundred personnel, will help ensure safe and smooth flow of traffic on the 439 Kilometer long chunk of the corridor project in Gilgit Baltistan.

 China has gifted twenty-five vehicles for the patrolling police. Later, addressing a ceremony after administering oath to newly elected members of Gilgit-Baltistan Council, the Prime Minister said construction work on Diamer-Bhasha Dam will soon be started to meet the growing energy requirements of the country. 

He said the federal government has approved one hundred and five billion rupees for the acquisition of land for the dam.

Nawaz Sharif said work on Dasu will also start very soon. He said that a hydel project will also be installed at Attabad lake, which will help produce twenty seven megawatt of electricity. 

Chairing annual meeting of the Gilgit-Baltistan Council in Gilgit, the Prime Minister directed for launching Prime Minister Youth Loan Program in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Seeking report on promotion of tourism in the area, he said special measures should be taken for security of the Chinese tourists.

The meeting approved Council's annual budget of over 831 million rupees for 2015-2016. Policies for tourism promotion and protection of forests were also given approval. 

During the visit, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif  also launched the website for Diamer Bhasha Dam.

Deputy Commissioner Diamer Usman Ahmed informed the Prime Minister that high-resolution satellite imagery was being used to help identify and demarcate the lands of the affected people and pay them compensation in transparent manner.  


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