Gilgit-Baltistan has started offering free bus service for women only in an innovative initiative.
Khalid Khursheed, the chief minister of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), formally introduced the pink bus service, which will operate on four key routes in Gilgit and Skardu between 6:00 am and 9:00 am and 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.
“Chief Minister GB launched pink buses for women.” Free buses for women have been introduced for the first time in Pakistani history. According to a tweet from the Office of the Chief Secretary, Gilgit Baltistan, “three buses each have been put into service in Gilgit and Skardu City, with the government planning to expand it to other areas of the province.”
Pink buses for women have been inaugurated today by CM GB. First time in Pakistan’s history, free buses for women have been started. 3 buses each are made operational in Gilgit and Skardu city, with the government planning to expand it to further areas of the province. 1/n pic.twitter.com/c4G4EQ7YwV— Office of the Chief Secretary, Gilgit Baltistan (@csgbpk) October 4, 2022
The women-only bus service will be beneficial for female students, teachers, doctors, lawyers, and other professionals, according to a statement from the chief secretary.
The Chief Secretary for the area, Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani, stated that additional cities will also receive the service.
The traffic police have also been told to make space for these buses on the roads, he continued.
Social media users have praised this initiative, saying that in these difficult economic times, it will not only assist women with transportation costs but also empower and encourage them to visit markets, clinics, hospitals, schools, and other places of employment.