Government To Continue Resolving Problems In Northern Areas: Soomro
14 December 2007
Associated Press of Pakistan
Islamabad: Caretaker Prime Minister Mohammadmian Soomro on Friday said the government would continue taking steps for providing basic facilities of life to the people in Northern Areas. The Prime Minister was talking to a delegation of Advisors of the Council of Northern Areas, led by Mir Ghazanfar Ali, Chief Executive of the Northern Areas, at the PM Secretariat. Soomro said the legal and technical formalities regarding the comprehensive package of Council of Northern Areas as announced by President Musharraf, would be finalized soon. He said the government had given more powers to the Council of Northern Areas so as to improve the decision-making process and empower the people to resolve their problems at local level. The Prime Minister said the uplift of region would help promote tourism and generate employment opportunities for the locals. He said the construction of Diamer- Basha Dam would usher in a new era of prosperity, enhancing economic activities in the region. The Prime Minister reiterated his resolve to take strict action against any official of the forest department as well as heavy penalties on private individuals and timber merchants, involved in illegal deforestation. The Chief Executive of Northern Areas thanked the Prime Minister for Federal Government’s interest in improving the living standards of the people of Northern Areas and helping to acquire basic necessities at their doorsteps. The delegation expressed great satisfaction over the package of incentive announced recently including the rights given to the local people by strengthening the Council of Northern Areas. The delegation expressed complete confidence in the leadership of the Prime Minister for supporting the cause of all the backward areas of the country. They also expressed confidence that the interim government under the Prime Minister would be able to create conductive atmosphere for the forthcoming general elections.