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Concerted efforts needed to promote sports activities in AJK: Masood Khan

Muzaffarabad: (Parliament Times) The President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Ahmed Khan has stressed the need for making concerted efforts to promote national and international level sports activities in Azad Kashmir.

The AJK president made these remarks while talking to AJK Minister for Sports, Youth & Culture, Chaudhry Muhammad Saeed who called on him here on Friday. During the meeting the duo discussed in detail the matters related to promotion of sports activities, education, and tourism and development projects in the region. Speaking on the occasion Sardar Masood Khan said that the incumbent government is formulating policies to promote a culture of sports by improving and building new sports facilities which will be easy accessible to the general public.

President Masood Khan said that with a huge youth bulge it is imperative to capitalize on this invaluable human resource. He said that opportune measures will be taken to include the youth in governance issues of AJK and help make them productive and responsible members of the society.

The President said that positive steps were being taken for improving the quality of education in AJK. He said that by upholding merit, the quality of teachers will be enhanced in educational institutions throughout Azad Kashmir. The President added that quality of higher education will also be provided to the people of AJK by establishing the sub-campuses of renowned universities of Pakistan in various districts of Azad Kashmir.

During the meeting, issues regarding the delay in conducting the examinations/vivas of the students at Poonch Medical College, Rawalakot were also deliberated upon. The President said that the precious time of the students must not be wasted and urged their examination/viva process to be completed without further delay. He also said that issues related to financial hurdles faced by the college also needed immediate redressal.

The President said that apart from hydel power production, AJK also has a huge potential for solar power generation, especially in Mirpur and its adjoining districts. The President also proposed introducing tourist attractions like paragliding and other adventure sports. Over time, he added, southern districts like Mirpur and Bhimber can be made into tourist hotspots especially in the winter season. Ch. Muhammad Saeed apprised the President of various development projects taking place in AJK, especially in developing infrastructure, construction of roads, establishing a tourism corridor and energy production.

During another meeting Chaudhry Yasin Gulshan, MLA apprised the President of various issues in his home constituency of Abbaspur. The President said that steps will be taken for the early completion of Poonch University’s sub-campus at Abbaspur. He added that issues relating to the land acquisition and other modalities needed to be addressed on priority to ensure the timely completion of the sub-campus.

In a call on meeting by Dr. Muhammad Najeeb Naqi, AJK Minister for Finance, Health & P&D also apprised the President of various development projects in AJK. Dr. Najeeb also informed the President of measures taken for establishing the Pallandri sub-campus of Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST). The President on the occasion said no compromise will be made on technical and academic facilities at the sub-campuses.

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