Islamabad: World Bank has offered a $2 billion assistance package to Pakistan, a media report said on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif talked to World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati, welcoming the bank’s cooperation in the country’s economy, education and energy sectors, Radio Pakistan reported.
Sharif discussed with the director and proposed initiatives of regional connectivity through rail and road links in the region.
He referred to projects about improving and building rail and road links from Karachi and Gwadar to Turkmenistan city of Tirmiz, where Central Asian States including Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan have borders at short distances.
Indrawati assured Bank’s support for the proposed initiative and offered International Bank for Reconstruction and Development assistance package of two billion dollars over a period of four years.
In the wake of the creation of separate Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, the government on Saturday released a new political map of the Indian Union, with 28 States and nine Union Territories (UTs). Pakistan.
The new map denotes the bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and surprisingly includes three districts — Muzaffarabad, Punch and Mirpur — which are under Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
The Ladakh UT consists of two districts — Kargil and Leh — while the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory comprises 20 districts.
In a gazette notification, the government also enumerated the territories in Leh district as: “Gilgit, Gilgit Wazarat, Chilas, Tribal territory and Leh and Ladakh, except the present territory of Kargil.”
The order was called the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Removal of Difficulties) Second Order, 2019.
The map of J&K UT comprises 20 districts, including Muzzarfarabad, Mirpur and the area of Poonch which are under PoK.
In 1947, the former Jammu and Kashmir state had 14 districts — Kathua, Jammu, Udhampur, Reasi, Anantnag, Baramulla, Poonch, Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Leh and Ladakh, Gilgit, Gilgit Wazarat, Chilhas and Tribal Territory.
On the recommendation of the Parliament, President Ram Nath Kovind effectively abrogated Article 370 from the Indian Constitution and issued the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, in August.