ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the government recognizes the importance of Northern Areas and will take concrete steps for the uplift and progress of people of this region. The Prime Minister said this while talking to Pir Syed Karam Ali Shah, former Chief Executive Northern Areas who called on him at the Prime Minister’s House on Thursday. Syed Karam Ali Shah apprised the Prime Minister of the various matters relating to the Northern Areas.
The Prime Minister assured him that all issues relating to Northern Areas will be resolved on priority basis and the government will extend its full support in this regard. Later, Senator Israrullah Zehri, President BNP Awami, Chief of Jhalawan, also called on the Prime Minister and thanked him for taking personal interest in the development of Balochistan by announcing a special grant of Rs. 3 billion from his discretionary funds to help the province finalize its budget preparation. He also thanked the Prime Minister for providing funds worth Rs. 34 crore for the provision of natural gas to Sorab Town in district Kallat. -SANA