MIRPUR (Pakistan Point News - APP - 12th Jan, 2017 ) , Jan 12 (APP): AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan disclosed on Thursday that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has approved billions of rupees for speedy development of AJK to turn liberated territory into a true model welfare state besides immediately meeting the financial needs. Talking to the media in the AJK's metropolis on Thursday, Raja Farooq Haider Khan said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir across Muzaffarabad to Srinagar have welcomed the great gesture of allocating at least Rs.
125 billion package for the speedy progress and uplift of AJK. Haider said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif approved an increase in development funds of Azad Jammu and Kashmir from eleven to twenty-one billion rupees. He said PML-N Government will fulfill its all promises made with the people of Azad Kashmir during the election campaign. Raja Farooq Haider said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif during his recent visit to Muzaffarabad had agreed and approved AJK government's demands, including increase in development and non development budget to overcome financial crisis, declaring AJK part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor, providing financial resources for the construction of 1450 kilometer long roads, construction of Lower Topa Muzaffarabad Expressway, upgradation of Muzaffarabad- Mansehra Road, construction of Shunter Nullah Tunnel under the CPEC and increase of AJK's share in Federal taxes.
He said, on the direction of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif AJK government shall get total Rs 3.85 billion from federal government including ,on account of its outstanding funds from Kashmir Council soon. The PM said construction work on 692 educational institutions affected by the 2005 earthquake going to be started soon. He said approval has been accorded of Excise and Taxation Department and Department of Accountant General to handed over to the AJK government to increase the revenue of the state.
He said in water usage charge and taxes head AJK will get recourses of additional 15 billions. He said a high level constitutional reform committee headed by federal minister has been constituted for amendments in interim Act of 1974 and after the proposed amendments AJK government will have more financial powers. He said PM Nawaz Sharif has also given approval for the establishment of anti terrorism department ,by establishing this department law and order situation in AJK would further improve,he said.
He said Rs 3.5 billion has been approved for reconstruction in earthquake hit areas. Two air ambulances are being provided to AJK government, he added. He dismissed the propaganda regarding shifting of Mirpur educational board and said we shall defend the rights of Mirpur. He also appreciated the role of Pak Army for security of the Homeland.He said all State institutions are respectable including the judiciary. The Prime Minister said Kashmiris are struggling for their freedom while India was trying to change demography of the Occupied Kashmir.
He reiterated government's commitment to continue diplomatic, political and moral support to struggling Kashmiris. He said Kashmiris highlighted the Kashmir freedom movement with their blood. The martyrdom of Burhan Wani infused a new spirit in the Kashmir movement, he added. Minister for Information Mushtaq Minhas was also present on the occasion.