Islamabad: (Parliament Times) A delegation representing the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) led by Regional Manager Operations Engineer Abdullah Muhammad al Shoaibi called on Sardar Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir here at Jammu and Kashmir House, Islamabad. He was accompanied by Project Manager Engineer Yaser Abdul Kareem Albakri.
The delegation apprised the President of the various projects initiated by SFD in Rawalakot, Muzaffarabad and Bagh. The President was told that SFD will ensure the timely completion of the projects. The projects, he said, included the King Abdullah Campus of University of AJK, Muzaffarabad, District Complex in Rawalakot and Bagh.
The President reiterated that following the 2005 earthquake, the government of Saudi Arabia played an important role in the reconstruction in the affected cities of AJK. This, he said, is a testament to the friendly and historical relations between the people Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Azad Kashmir which goes beyond conventional political and economic interests. He thanked the people and government of Saudi Arabia for their dedication and service to the people of AJK.
President Masood Khan expressed his satisfaction on the pace of work, especially on the King Abdullah Campus. He said that over 70% of the construction has been completed and hoped that the campus would be ready by mid-2019.
Informing the President of various hurdles related to execution and costs of the ongoing projects, Engr. Abdullah requested the President that they may be facilitated to ensure the timely completion and smooth execution of the projects within the sanctioned funds.
President AJK said that these matters will be settled on priority and on being informed he also thanked SDF for allocating additional funds for the projects. The President said that funding for the furnishing of the campus may also be sanctioned. He was informed by the delegation that finances for the furnishing of the university campus have been approved and will be executed as soon as the construction of the campus is completed.