GILGIT - The federal government says it will focus on Gilgit Baltistan’s prosperity and provide all possible resources for completion of development projects in the remote northern province.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday alleged that funds were not spent transparently in GB in the past otherwise the situation would have been different today.

Addressing Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA), he emphasised that each rupee should be spent with honesty. “There should be no corruption in public spending.”

He directed the chief minister to ensure transparency in the ongoing projects, adding that completion of these development projects will change destiny of the people of the area.

The PM expressed satisfaction that natural beauty of this land, striking peaks of glacier and exorbitant forest attracted hundreds of thousands of tourists this year. He said there was lot more tourism potential which needs to be explored.

He said security force will be deployed on the Karakorum highway from Gilgit to Mansehra to ensure peaceful and secure environment that would help promote tourism. He said Pakistan-China Economic Corridor project envisages construction of road from Khunjrab to Gwadar, while a rail service will also be started.

Earlier, the prime minister inaugurated Attabad Tunnel on Karakorum Highway and realignment of the highway parts of which were submerged due to landsliding in January 2010. The 24-km Attabad Tunnel, also named Pak-China Friendship Tunnel, in Hunza will benefit thousands of local commuters and help boost China trade.

As part of Karakorum Highway realignment, at least five other tunnels having accumulative length of over seven kilometres, 16 kilometres road section and two bridges – each one kilometre long— have been constructed in collaboration with China at a cost of $275 million.