Masood Khan deplores shelling on LoC, pays homage to martyred soldiers

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Islamabad: (Parliament Times) President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Ahmed Khan has strongly condemned the unprovoked shelling across the LOC targeting civilians and Pakistan’s Armed Forces personnel.

He paid rich tribute to the four brave soldiers martyred due to yesterday’s shelling and said a befitting response will be given to India for its violations across the control line.

The President made these remarks while talking to Shah Ghulam Qadir, Speaker Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly who called on him here in Islamabad. During the meeting, the President said that the people and Government of Azad Kashmir will play a more dynamic and vigorous role in projecting the Kashmir issue at the international level. The President said that the unbridled Indian Occupation forces are using indiscriminate brute force against the innocent Kashmiris and have taken to transforming the demography of Muslim populated areas in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

President AJK recommended reaching out to the Parliaments of powerful nations and raising awareness about the war crimes committed in Indian Occupied Kashmir. “The international community including the global civil society must be sensitized to the atrocious human right violations taking place in IOK”, said the President.

On the occasion, Speaker AJK Assembly informed the President of various development projects taking place in Neelum. The President said that steps will be taken to make Neelum a major tourist destination in Azad Kashmir by developing local infrastructure, constructing roads, establishing standard hotels and tourist facilities.

Both leaders urged the need to uphold merit and accountability for ensuring good governance in Azad Kashmir. The President said, “No compromise will be made on merit, accountability, transparency and public service.”

In another meeting, Sardar Riaz Roshan, senior leader PML (N) along with Sardar Ashiq, President Poonch 4 led a delegation which called on the President and apprised him of ongoing projects taking place in Poonch 4 constituency of Rawalakot. The President said that priority will be given to expansion and modernization of existing roads, setting up new water schemes and health facilities in all the Union Councils of Rawalakot.

In a separate meeting, Sardar Ijaz Yousef, PML (N) President Poonch Division briefed the President Masood Khan of the political activities and organizational setup of PML (N) in Poonch. Sardar Ijaz apprised President AJK of steps taken to smoothen coordination among PML (N) workers and other initiatives taken for the uplift of the region. The President asserted prioritizing merit, transparency, and quality while executing development projects in order to ensure the best facilities and services are provided to the people Poonch.

Rehana Khan, President Youth Wing PML (N) Poonch Division also called on the President at the Presidency here in Islamabad. The President said that the genuine concerns of the locals will be addressed on priority and also assured that roads in and around Reharha, Poonch will be completed soon.

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