Daily Times
Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Musharraf’s Gilgit visit postponed

GILGIT: President General Pervez Musharraf’s visit to a renovated fort in the Shigar Valley in Skardu District, Northern Areas, was postponed because of heavy rain in the area, sources told Daily Times on Monday. The president will visit the region today (Tuesday).

Sources said that arrangements for the president’s visit were complete and it was “subject to the weather”. They said heavy rain and thick clouds had made it dangerous for aircraft to fly in the mountainous region, adding that President Musharraf and Prince Karim Aga Khan would visit when the weather cleared. Separately, Frontier Works Organisation sources said the organisation had cleared thick mud from the Karakoram Highway, caused by landslides, and traffic had resumed. They added that a Chinese delegation had also reached Sust , near the Pakistan-China border, on Sunday to participate in the inauguration of a dry port in Sust by the president. The dry port was a joint venture by both countries. staff report

Musharraf praises Aga Khan’s role in development

RAWALPINDI: The Ismaeli sect’s spiritual leader Prince Karim Aga Khan met President General Pervez Musharraf here on Monday to exchange views on various issues, particularly the developmental projects started by the Aga Khan Foundation in the country.

Musharraf praised the foundation’s contribution to national development and said the government held in high esteem the foundation’s contribution to the development of the Northern Areas. The Aga Khan lauded Pakistan’s economic development, saying the country had witnessed stable economic development under Musharraf. Later, the president hosted a banquet to honour his guest. online

Heritage Flash! 2005, May 31: H.H. The Aga Khan hosted a diner for the Prime Minister and guests on 29 th of May evening at the Serena, Islamabad. The Dinner was preceeded by a presentation by Stephano Bianca of AKCSP on the Forts. According to 31st May 2005 Dawn Newspaper "President Gen Pervez Musharraf’s visit to Northern Areas has been postponed for Tuesday owing to inclement weather. The president was due on Monday in Skardu to inaugurate a rehabilitated fort at Shigar valley. Sources said that the arrangements in connection with the president’s visit were intact and his proposed visit is “extremely subject to weather”.