BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: The Investment Conference had much to talk about and cherish. It was held on Wednesday at Serena Hotel and attended by dignitaries – especially those came all the way from America - and the caretaker chief minister Sher Jehan Mir and his cabinet.
The man behind the successful venture was Dr Gholam Mujtaba - and behind him was the renowned political figure of Gilgit – Baltistan Attaullah Shahab, says Outpost reporter.
Shahab, former advisor to prime minister, was the person who organized the event under his newly established organization – Islamic Institute for Knowledge Management and Development.
As the conference proceeded in the lawn of the hotel, an outburst of showers made the atmosphere pleasant. Besides Dr Gholam Mujtaba's talk that spellbound the audience, what really added to its glamour was the performance of the moderator - who was none other than the young Zafar Shakir, a lecturer of English in the Karakoram International University. Over a coulple of years, Shakir has evolved as a presenter Gilgit - Baltistan has never produced before.
With a flow of words blended with Urdu and English, supported by a pleasant personality, Shakir set the stage for an intellectual discourse. But that wasn’t an easy task for everyone in the stage to maintain.
After Shahab explained the objectives of the conference, Michael Dorazio and John Blaha spoke briefly.
Michael Dorazio is Real Estate Investor and the former President Corona-Elmhurst Center for economic Development while John Blaha, an Attorney at Law, New York and Real Estate Investor. The guests spoke of the beauty they observed in the mountainous region and the talent they found in the people.
Before the thought-provoking speech of Dr Gholam Mujtaba, came his awe-inspiring introduction. “I invite the next speaker! But wait he isn’t an ordinary speaker – he is someone who got distinction in various fields – he is member, Chairman's Advisory Board of the Republican Party of the United States of America - he is member, President's Circle of the American Security Council Foundation – he is member of the Leadership Circle of the Arms Control Association of the United States..and counting. Please give him a bid hand,” Shakir introduced Mujtaba as he approached the dais.
“You setup a consortium, we are ready to bring investment whatever and wherever possible,” said Mujtaba, assuring support from his team.
Earlier Mir spoke about the potentials of Gilgit – Baltistan and invited investors to capitalize on the resources – water, minerals, tourism - provided to this region by the creator.
Published in Outpost on Thursday 16, 2015