Pakistan to continue its all out support to Kashmir cause: Sartaj Aziz

Islamabad: (Parliament Times) The President of Azad Kashmir Sardar Masood Ahmed Khan on Thursday called on Sartaj Aziz, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission here at the Pakistan Secretariat.

The President congratulated Sartaj Aziz on assumption of his new post and hoped that, on his watch, the Planning Commission will achieve its short and long term goals. Matters of national significance, ongoing development projects in AJK and the situation in IOK were discussed in detail during the meeting. The President apprised Aziz of the atrocious human rights violations taking place in IOK at the hands of the Indian occupation forces. He said, “The peaceful and indigenous struggle of the Kashmiri people cannot be brought down by the malicious tactics of the Indian forces.”

Sartaj Aziz assured that the Government of Pakistan will continue its diplomatic and political support to the people of Kashmir at all forums. Mr. Aziz said the people of Pakistan consider Kashmir issue as their own and will keep supporting their cause.
Sardar Masood Khan also informed him of his recent visits abroad and his interactions with Parliamentarians of various countries and the EU Parliament wherein he stressed upon the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue. The President expressed his wish that the Planning Commission extend its various development projects to AJK in order to help the people of the region in playing an active role in the economic and social development of Pakistan and the Azad state.
Sartaj Aziz assured President AJK that the Planning Commission would support development projects in AJK especially in the areas of infrastructure, economy, health, education, agriculture and industry, matters relating to construction of medical colleges, bridges and key buildings in AJK were also deliberated upon.
The President briefed Mr. Aziz about the four projects under the CPEC which were at different stages of implementation. Mr. Aziz said that Pakistan with the help of China would ensure the Industrial Zone in AJK and the Mansehra-Muzaffarabad-Mirpur Expressway, under the CPEC projects. The President thanked the Pakistan Government for its untiring support to the Kashmiri people in their efforts in attaining their just right
to self determination.

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