Islamabad: Addressing a big public gathering in Dadhial, Azad Kashmir, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said that he was happy to see the political maturity displayed on the stage. This was evident from the presence of incumbent and former Prime Ministers of AJ and K Chaudhry Muhammad Abdul Majid and Sardar Atique Ahmad Khan as well as the present and former Presidents Sardar Muhammad Youqub and Raja Muhammad Zulqernain Khan.
He expressed these views while addressing a mammoth public gathering where thousands of the party workers were present to welcome the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
The Prime Minister said that it was unfortunate that such a level of political sagacity was not present in Pakistan. He said that political parties in Pakistan were playing the politics of sit-in and thus creating hurdles in the way of smooth functioning of democratic government.
He said that if the entire political leadership across party divide adhered to democratic values and ethos, the government could accelerate the process of socio-economic development of the country. ‘The beauty of democracy lies in its continuity, which any other political system is devoid of,” he added.
The Prime Minister said that he had undertaken eight visits to AJ and K in addition to those during the recent electioneering campaigns. These were more than those undertaken by any other Prime Minister in the past. He said that he did not announce development projects during the election campaign of AJ and K. The sole purpose to hold free and transparent elections, the Prime Minister added.
The Prime Minister said that expatriate Kashmirits of AJ and K living abroad were earning billions of dollars precious foreign exchange for the country, so critical for the national economy. He said that such Kashmiris deserved a fair deal from the government.
The Prime Minister declared that Kashmir desks would be set up at Benazir International Airport Islamabad so that the Kashmiris coming from abroad did not face any kind of difficulty at the hands of Customs and Immigration officials. He said that he would direct the Pakistani Missions abroad to encourage recruitment of Kashmiris in the Missions.
The Prime Minister also announced the establishment of Cadet College in Dadhial in order to provide opportunities of quality education to the youth.
The Prime Minister also announced the establishment of IT University in Kotli. He also directed the Chairman of Bait-ul-Maal to establish Sweet Homes in Dadhial at the earliest.
Responding to people’s demand for provision of gas and electricity, he said that he would refer the matter to the concerned Ministries to take immediate steps for the provision gas and electricity in the area.
The Prime Minister also congratulated PPP, PSF and PYO on making excellent arrangements for the public meeting. He said that PPP was the biggest party of AJ and K, which had the capacity and resolve to solve the problems of the people of the area.
Earlier, AJ and K President Sardar Muhammad Youqub, AJ and K Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majid, and Minister for Kashmir Affairs, Mian Manzoor Ahmad Watto also spoke on the occasion.
In his speech, AJ and K Prime Minister said that Kashmiris would not hesitate to render any sacrifice for security, progress and development of Pakistan. He said that Raising Project of Mangla Dam was proof of the same commitment. He said that the government of PPP would not only complete its present term of five years but also serve the people for the next five years.
President of AJ and K Sardar Muhammad Youqub said that Mangla Dam Raising Project was a mega project, representing the aspirations of people.
Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs, said that the government of PPP was working on various power projects to generate electricity on fast-track basis, while the political opponents were only playing to gallery.
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