S. A Haidri
Neelum Valley: The Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan has said that his government would utilize all available sources for the betterment of people of Neelum Valley saying that the picturesque district would soon emerge as one of the prosperous and developed areas of the region.
The AJK PM said this while addressing a public gathering after inaugurating Kundalshahi-Jagrahn link road at Kuttan here on Wednesday. The PM was accompanied by Speaker AJK legislative Assembly Shah Ghulam Qadir, Ministers Ch. Muhammad Aziz, Sardar Mir Akbar, Barrister Iftikhar Gillani and others.
Speaking on the occasion the PM said that Neelum Valley suffered enormously due to its proximity to Line of Control. Khan announced to make another constituency besides making Neelum Valley sub-division after formal legislation. He said that the people of the area have suffered terribly due to India’s naked aggression on the LoC and due to the previous governments’ apathy towards the region. “We will make Neelum amongst the most flourishing districts of the State and for this, the incumbent government is endeavoring to enhance tourism in the Valley and all roads will be upgraded besides providing people the provision of basic amenities of life”, the Prime Minister reiterated.
While admiring the successful win of Shah Ghulam Qadir in 2016 general elections, Prime Minister said, “Masses of Neelum expressed their unflinching support to their Leader Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif by electing Shah Ghulam Qadir Sahib with thumping majority.”
Prime Minister said that Neelum Valley has a lot of potential regarding tourism and government is planning to design a comprehensive strategy to boost-up tourism. He stated that Tourism in Neelum Valley would steer this area as revenue generating territory. He maintained, “48 kilometers road from ‘Athmuqam’ to ‘Taobat’ will be upgraded in next financial year to ease public in addition to tourism; we are determined to increase the quantity of hospitals with staff in Valley.”
“Prime Minister Pakistan Shahid Khaqaan Abbasi have approved the increment of compensation for the martyrs of LOC up to 1 million; However, AJK cabinet has decided to bury all martyrs with Government Pride and honor” Prime Minister added.
Prime Minister on the occasion directed the district administration of Neelum Valley to resolve all issues of public and also addressed the workers to bring in their notice if administration disregards their applications.