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The matter of Kuhala hydropower project would amicably be resolved says AJK PM

MUZAFFARABAD : (Parliament Times) Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan says matter of Kuhala hydropower project would be amicably resolved.

Addressing the oath taking ceremony of newly elected office bearers of central bar association here on Wednesday he said powers transferred from Kashmir Council to AJK government and legislative assembly through 13th amendment shall not be returned to council at any cost.

Mr. Haider said appointments of Patwaris and police would also be made through NTS while consolidated funds would remain same.

“People of Europe are concerned and considerate to the plights of Kashmiris. Our next mission is to get a fact finding mission by European Parliament constituted to monitor the massive and gruesome human rights violations by Indian forces in IOK” he said.

He assured the lawyers community that they would be provided free medical facilities.

The Prime Minister added that report of UN Human Rights Mission and debate on human rights abuses in European Parliament in its special meeting was a great success of people of Kashmir. It comprehensively exposed India to international community. India tried its best to put off the meeting but miserably failed, he remarked.

He was of the view that AJK government and APHC should be entrusted with the responsibilities to highlight Kashmir issue at diplomatic fronts. Kashmiris are basic party of Kashmir dispute hence the world would pay heed to their demands. We cannot take up our case strongly with international community until we have right to representation to do so, he maintained. We ought to knock the door of international community to use this right forcefully, he stated.

He said the purpose for which AJK was set up could not be achieved despite elapsing 70 years. We should put our heads together to deliberate new strategies and ways and means to aggressively highlight Kashmir issue over the globe. There is conflict management between India and Pakistan that push our issue to the backburner, he remarked. He said we have to move toward conflict resolution for which we need cooperation of all bar associations of the State.

He said lawyers are a strong power of the country. They ousted powerful dictators like Musharraf and restored the dignity of bar.

Mr. Haider said he visited Spain and Glasgow to garner support of members European Parliament on our stance on Kashmir.

He credited his government for appointing permanent chief justices of SC and HC and increasing the number of judges of High Court. He assured that judicial complex in Mirpur would be built adding that funds had been released for construction of high court building there. He said junior lawyers could be provided training in Kashmir Institute of Training.

The Premier said his government was heading towards self-reliance unlike past successive governments that were being run on over-drafting. He said talk was underway on Kuhala hydropower project. Some issues had been amicably resolved while efforts were on to resolve the remaining issues.

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