Prime Minister Imran Khan shared a rare video of Himalayan Brown Bear spotted in Gilgit Baltistan on Sunday. The premier posted a video on his Twitter account. The Himalayan Brown Bear was spotted in the recently announced Karakoram National Park.
In his social media message, PM Imran Khan boasted about the rich fauna in the region. The government aims to protect rare wild species like Himalayan Brown Bear and Marco Polo Sheep found in the northern part of Pakistan, informed PM Khan. The video shows Himalayan Brown Bear crawling in the snow.
The Himalayan Brown Bear in Pakistan’s just announced Karakoram National Park. Other rare species that will be protected in this National Park will be the Snow Leopard and the magnificent Marco Polo sheep. pic.twitter.com/2jxHaNL6mF
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 10, 2021
“The Himalayan Brown Bear in Pakistan’s just announced Karakoram National Park. Other rare species that will be protected in this National Park will be the Snow Leopard and the magnificent Marco Polo sheep,” wrote PM Khan in his tweet.
National Parks in Gilgit Baltistan
In December 2020, Khan had announced two new national parks in the Gilgit-Baltistan region under his Protected Areas Initiatives aimed at the protection and preservation of Pakistan’s natural assets. The two new national parks namely are- Himalaya National Park and Nanga Parbat National Park.
According to the statement released from Prime Minister’s Office, the government would train the “Park Service Nighabaans” who will be “employed to manage the parks in Gilgit-Baltistan as areas for biodiversity protection, safe habitats for wildlife preservation as well as for the promotion of nature-based eco-tourism”.
Promoting tourism in Pakistan
PM Khan has been utilizing virtual space lately to exhibit the unparalleled beauty of Pakistan to the world.
Last month, he shared the beguiling photos of Gilgit Baltistan on his official Instagram and Twitter accounts. The premier described the northern areas of Pakistan as his most liked tourist destination.
The picture showed the valleys taken over by hues of orange in the autumn season. “The colors of Gilgit Baltistan just before the onset of winter. One of my favorite places on this earth. before the onset of the winters,” wrote Khan in a tweet.
Earlier in November, Khan vowed to accelerate infrastructural development in the Gilgit-Baltistan region.
The Premier said that he has traveled through the Gilgit Baltistan region and the entire world, and remarked that he “has never witnessed a site that could rival the beauty of this region”. He explained the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government’s policies to promote tourism, he said that the regime has improved visa facilities and policies, and 70 countries have been allowed visa-free and visa-on-arrival assistance to further boost the tourism industry of Gilgit Baltistan and other tourist attractions.
He said, “Tourists will be provided visas on arrival at the airport, and many areas that previously required NOCs are now open and available to tourists”. The Premier said that in the upcoming days, the region of Gilgit Baltistan will witness wide-scale development and the tourism industry will continue to grow and expand,” said the premier while addressing a ceremony on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day of Gilgit Baltistan.