Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurates two high-altitude national parks in Gilgit-Baltistan

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  • Prime Minister Imran Khan has inaugurated two new high-altitude national parks in Gilgit-Baltistan.
  • The two parks are called The Himalaya National Park and The Nanga Parbat National Park.
  • The parks span a vast 3,600 square kilometers area and cover 5% of Gilgit-Baltistan’s land.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday inaugurated two new high-altitude national parks in Gilgit-Baltistan.

The parks are to be established under the premier’s Protected Areas Initiative to protect and preserve Pakistan’s natural assets.

The prime minister was escorted by the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change, Malik Amin Aslam.

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According to an announcement from the Prime Minister’s office, the park caretakers would “be trained and employed to oversee the parks in Gilgit-Baltistan as areas for biodiversity preservation, safe habitats for wildlife preservation as well as for the promotion of nature-based eco-tourism”.

‘Nature Corridor’

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Alongside the Himalaya National Park and Nanga Parbat National Park, the prime minister also announced the formation of “a globally unique ‘Nature Corridor.'”

The corridor will connect Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Azad Jammu & Kashmir via Gilgit-Baltistan, traversing a high altitude area (over 10,000 feet height).

The “Nature Corridor” aims to provide a protected and managed corridor for preserving the wildlife of the area.

Aslam, the premier’s aide, termed the corridor “an initiative of high global significance.”

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Initiative to save Ladakh urial

Prime Minister Imran Khan was also briefed on an associated initiative to save the endangered Ladakh urial.

A breeding enclosure to enhance the dwindling species’ numbers will be established in Skardu’s natural habitat.

The statement mentioned that three female Ladakh urial were already present in the area, which was being fenced, and a male species translocated from Bunji in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Himalaya National Park, Nanga Parbat National Park

According to the statement, the Himalaya National Park and Nanga Parbat National Park span a vast 3,600 square kilometers area.

The parks’ size totals to 5% of Gilgit-Baltistan’s land area; the former being 1,989 sq km and the latter 1,196 sq km.

Zaman, the secretary, informed the prime minister that the total area for hunting in the new national parks was 474 sq km.

Both the national parks encompass “unique ecological areas with vibrant high-altitude biodiversity as well as precious flora and fauna, which include snow leopards, ibexes, Himalayan brown bears, Ladakh urials, Markhors, and Blue Sheeps (Bharals).”

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