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Education Minister visits Astana Basahan Sharif in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: (Parliament Times) The AJK minister for education Barrister Iftikhar Gillani on Tuesday called on MLA, AJK LA Pir Ali Raza Bukhari at Astana Basahan Sharif in Islamabad.

Both the leaders exchanged views on human rights situation in IOK, growth and development of AJK and reforms in educational system of the State.

Bukhari denounced the aggression of Indian forces against Pakistan in the wake of Pulwama incident and said India was spreading terrorism all over the region. He said instead of respecting right to self-determination of people of Jammu and Kashmir India was growing religious extremism in the region.

“To curb the popular freedom struggle launched by people of Kashmir India had stationed more than 700,000 forces in the held valley making it one of the largest military establishments of the world” he noted.

Bukhari said Pakistan exercised restraint for the sake of peace of the region. He said after its frustration in the valley Indian forces were now targeting people of Azad Kashmir living close to the border. Pakistani forces give a befitting response to Indian aggression from across the LoC, he expressed satisfaction.

He asked the Education Minister to take steps for safe schools for the affected children living close to LoC. He said funds would be earmarked in the next fiscal year’s budget for this purpose.

Bukhari emphasized to include Indian firing affected people directly in Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) for their financial assistance.

He also underscored the need of concrete system of accountability in education department of the State. Positive impacts of NTS have started coming now, he remarked. He said this system should further be strengthened minimizing the number of interviews.

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