Gilgit: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that the projects aimed at connecting hearts have been launched all over the country.

“ Projects for connecting the hearts have been started across the country. Net work of motorways and roads is being laid. People from all the four provinces are being brought closer to each other. These distances were larger in the past, Nawaz Sharif said this while addressing oath taking ceremony of governor Gilgit Baltistan, Mir Ghazanfar in Gilgit on Tuesday.

He announced to construct Gilgit-Skardu Expressway at a cost of Rs 50 billion.

He said that the express way will be connected with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) for generation of economic activities in the area.

Nawaz Sharif said an airport in Gilgit would be constructed for jet service.

The Prime Minister said the federal government is spending billions of rupees in the area for better communication facilities and other welfare oriented development projects.

He said development in the far flung areas is the top priority of the government to bring them at par with the rest of the country.

Nawaz Sharif said efforts are being made to strengthen democracy in Gilgit-Baltistan and a committee has been constituted to work out political reforms in the area.

He said various steps are being taken to attract tourists to Gilgit-Baltistan.

The Prime Minister said work on various power projects including Diamer-Bhasha Dam is in progress to tackle energy crisis.

In his address, Governor Mir Ghazanfar Ali said development oriented projects will be given priority for the welfare of people.

Speaking on the occasion, Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz-ur-Rehman said his government is determined to develop the area with focus on people's welfare.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also distributed cheques among the earthquake affected people of Ghizer and Diamer.