Published On: Thu, May 19th, 2016

PM performs ground-breaking of Pak-China Optical Fibre Cable project in Gilgit


GILGIT: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday performed ground-breaking of about 2,000 kilometer Pakistan-China Optical Fibre Cable in Gilgit under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Speaking on the ground-breaking ceremony, PM Nawaz Sharif said the project would provide 3G and 4G facilities in Gilgit-Baltistan and make it most developed area of Pakistan.

The Premier also announced a technical training institute with the cost of Rs100 million.

Earlier, PM Nawaz Sharif was accorded warm welcome as he arrived on a day long visit.

On his arrival at Gilgit Airport, the Prime Minister was received by Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman, Governor Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan and members of the GB Legislative Assembly and Council.

Federal Ministers Birjees Tahir and Anusha Rehman are accompanying the Prime Minister.

The construction of optical fibre cable would be an essential part of the CPEC and it would mark another important step towards completion of the project. It would link China with Gwadar through Islamabad. The army will be supervising the construction of fibre cable. It would be completed with the most sophisticated material and provide the best service to the users.

Salient Features of Project


The Optical Fiber Cable project, costing 44 million dollars will be completed in two years. It’s part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

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Special Communication Organization will lay 820 kilometre long cable from Rawalpindi to Khunjerab. On completion the project will provide an alternate telecommunication route between Pakistan and China.

CPEC patrolling police headquarters inaugurated


During his visit, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also inaugurated Gilgit-Baltistan CPEC patrolling police headquarters in Gilgit.

The patrolling force, comprising 300 personnel, will help ensure safe and smooth flow of traffic on the 439-kilometre chunk of the CPEC project in Gilgit.

China has gifted 25 vehicles for the patrolling police.


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