Previous governments’ blunders could not solve AJK’s issues: PM AJK

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Altaf Hamid Rao.

MUZAFFARABAD/MIRPUR [AJK], (Parliament Times) : The Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi has said that due to incompetence of previous governments funds amounting to 52 billion rupees were shifted to Sindh and Punjab due to floods which were not brought back.

The Prime Minister was addressing the session of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly here on Friday

He said he had requested the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan to provide 12 billion rupees for the completion of infrastructure damaged due to the 2005 earthquakes and payment of arrears which he accepted.. The speaker of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir legislative Assembly Ch.Anwar ul Haq presided.

Addressing the session the Senior Most Minister Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan said that the future challenges of urbanization must be taken into consideration so that future generations will remember us in good words. He said the situation has improved after the 2005 earthquake as compared to in the past and other cities including Mirpur and Muzaffarabad have not been urbanized according to international standards due to which environmental and other problems are arising and added that narrow streets in cities make rescue operations difficult. He told the house that there is a water problem in Muzaffarabad city. He said due to the lack of water treatment plant in Muzaffarabad sewage water goes into the river while Kotli also has a water problem.

Member Assembly Chaudhry Yasir Sultan thanked the people of Mirpur for his victory with a huge lead and assured that he will utilize all its capabilities to solve the problems of the people of Mirpur.

. He said that he was grateful to the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan for representing Kashmiri people and highlighting the Kashmir issue at international level in the best possible way.

 

Earlier on the question of the Leader of Opposition Chaudhry Latif Akbar, Health Minister Dr. Nisar Ansar Abdali informed the House that Muzaffarabad constituency LA-31 total of nine (09) health units were to be constructed in Muzaffarabad-5, out of which seven (07) health units have been completed and handed over to the health department. The construction work of the Basic Health Unit Kohala has not been started yet due to non-provision of funds. Replying to a question of Member Assembly Mian Abdul Waheed, Minister for Higher Education Zafar Iqbal Malik told the House that the issue of salaries of ad hoc employees would be resolved in two weeks. Replying to another question by Member Assembly Chaudhry Amir Yaseen, Minister for Toyota and Education Schools Dewan Ali Khan Chughtai informed the House that after the shifting of Medical College in the building of Polytechnic Institute in Rawalakot the building for the Technical college has been taken on rent. The education Minister Diwan Ali Khan Chughtai further said that as per the directive of the leader of the House Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi, the opposition will be taken on board to improve the education sector. He said Due to the Corona epidemic, regular transfers have not been made in the education department for a long time. Teachers have been transferred under the policy to improve the teaching system.

Replying to another question of Member Assembly Sardar Muhammad Yaqub Khan, Minister for Communications Chaudhry Azhar Sadiq informed the House that the work of reconditioning of 15 km road from Ali Sojal Bazaar to Chora Gali Launched in 2016 with the support of the Asian Development Bank and completed in 2018. On the question of Member Assembly Sardar Javed Ayub, Chaudhry Azhar Sadiq informed the House that work order of Patka Naseerabad to Bhedi 17 km road amounting to 102.624 million rupees was approved but it was completed at a cost of 128.392 million rupees.

The house unanimously approved for discussions the adjournment motions moved by Assembly members Shah Ghulam Qadir and Chaudhry Qasim Majeed which will be discussed in the next session of the Assembly.

Later the Speaker Chaudhry Anwar-ul-Haq adjourned the house to meet again on Tuesday at 10.30 am.