Free bus service launched for women in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region

A first-of-its-kind pink bus service has been launched in Gilgit Baltistan which provides free services to women only, according to the region’s chief secretary, Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani.

Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), Khalid Khursheed officially inaugurated the pink bus service on Tuesday, which will operate on four important routes of Gilgit and Skardu between 6:00 am to 9:00 am and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

“Pink buses for women have been inaugurated today by Chief Minister GB. For the first time in Pakistan’s history, free buses for women have been launched, said a tweet by the Office of the Chief Secretary, Gilgit Baltistan.

Female students, lawyers, teachers, doctors, and other professionals will be able to benefit from the cost-free women-only bus service, according to the statement of the chief secretary.

Regional Chief Secretary, Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani, announced that the service will also be expanded to other cities.

“Traffic police have also been instructed to facilitate these buses on roads,” he said.

Wani further added, this is “great news for our daughters, sisters and mothers of Gilgit-Baltistan. Now they will be able to travel in a safe and comfortable environment and go freely to their educational institutions, hospitals, and markets.”

Social media users have greatly lauded this GB-government initiative saying that along with providing help to women regarding transport fees in these tough times, the bus will also facilitate their travel and encourage them to go to school, hospitals, offices, markets, clinics, and travel for business purposes.

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