COAS Bajwa inaugurates Software Technology Park in Gilgit-Baltistan

Chief Of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa Inaugurates First Software Technology Park in Gilgit-Baltistan

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited the province of Gilgit-Baltistan on Tuesday, Oct 8. During his visit to Skardu, he was briefed about the situation along the line of control. He visited the front lines and went through the operational preparations of the Force Command Northern Areas (FCNA). During his brief stay at Gilgit, the Chief of Army Staff inaugurated the first software technology park in the province of Gilgit Baltistan.

ISPR Press Releases

#COAS visited Skardu and Gilgit today. On arrival at Skardu, COAS was briefed on latest situation and operational preparations of FCNA troops deployed along #LOC. Interacting with officers and men, COAS appreciated their high morale, operational readiness (1/4) pic.twitter.com/Y4aKjtJYks

DG ISPR (@OFFICIALDGISPR) OCTOBER 6, 2020

COAS Bajwa inaugurates Software Technology Park in Gilgit-Baltistan

Further elaboration from the press release from ISPR.

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The ISPR asserts that the initiative will act as a “trigger for the development of the cyber industry” in the rapidly progressing Gilgit-Baltistan area.

The IT industry is the future of any country. The IT-related exports are skyrocketing, and such IT parks will help a lot in further expanding this industry. Moreover, the location of Gilgit city is along the Asian Highway 1 and is part of the National Highway Network. 

This puts Gilgit right on the road that connects China in the north to Gwader Sea Port in the south. Hence, the capital of Gilgit-Baltistan will prove to be a pivotal city in the future. 

The presence of an IT park in such a city will prove its worth in the coming time. This will help in greater digitization while contributing to the development of these areas.

Special Communications Organization

The project is spearheaded by the Special Communications Organization that is operated by the Ministry of IT and Communications Pakistan. SCO is operating several high-profile projects in Azad Jammu & Kashmir, and Gilgit Baltistan. Added to that, SCO is pursuing projects that will help realize the dream of a digital and better Pakistan.

To put that in perspective, there are 14 such IT parks in the country. But, most of these are in the major three cities of Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad. People from all over Pakistan do not get the same exposure as the professionals who can work at these facilities. 

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COAS is hopeful that this IT park will fuel innovation in both defense communication and IT. Furthermore, the initiative will aim to harness the raw talent that youth possess and will provide essential help in developing a digital and more empowered Pakistan.

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