Entire AJK leadership on one page of GB’s rights issue; PM AJK

Entire AJK leadership on one page of GB’s rights issue; PM AJK

MIRPUR (AJK): Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan said he had consulted all political and religious parties of Azad Jammu Kashmir on the bill of 13th constitutional amendment.

He was talking to media in AJK legislative assembly in the State’s capital town.

The AJK Prime Minister denounced Indian interrogation of APHC leaders Yasin Malik and Mir Waiz Umer Farooq and termed it a ploy to benefit from the elections.He said charges of Indian government against Yasin Malik were baseless and unfounded. He demanded of the UN Secretary General to ensure right of freedom in IOK.

He said River Protection (Daria Bachao) committee should put off its strike as talks with federal government on existing Neelum-Jhelum and forthcoming Kohala Hydel power projects were moving forward.

Farooq Haider Khan said late Sardar Khalid Ibrahim and Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan did not support 13th amendment but rest of the leaders had consented. He said he had informed all the political leadership including Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry on the developments about Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and sought suggestions from them.

He said the entire AJK leadership was on one page on GB issue. He said no message should be sent across the LoC that could harm our national interests including the national Kashmir cause.

He dispelled the impression that AJK was an obstacle in the way of rights of GB. He said, they support that GB should be given powers on the pattern of AJK without making it a province.

“Our stance is well known to CM GB and other leaders. We have also passed a resolution on the rights of people of GB” he said.  The Prime Minister said our brave forces were defending LoC and it had already foiled Indian aggression there. He said that he had talked about the safety of lives and properties of the population living close to LoC.

Referring to the ongoing heated Neelum Jhelum and Kuhala project issues he said that he had talked to the concerned ministers of Pakistan. “They have agreed to our recommendations and forwarded it to the Prime Minister Secretariat”, he underlined.

The AJK Prime Minister said Kashmiris were fighting a war of survival in IOK. India had come down on them with all its might to crush their liberation struggle, he added. India would intensify these brutalities there until the next general elections in that country.

Regarding syllabus of books in AJK, he said the matter lies in court. “This is an administrative issue which would be resolved soon”, he added.  Haide said his government has inked a comprehensive tourism policy after two and half years’ deliberations.

To a question about schools that are yet to be built in the quake hit areas, he said the schools could be built under building code but we require 44 billion for it. He said our budget is around 22 billion hence we can not complete it within our budget.

He said we are trying to get funds from federal government. We would also earmark from our budget for construction of shelters for schools if federal government did not extend us financial help for this purpose.