Muzaffarabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani visited Muzaffarabad today and inaugurated the first Medical College in AJ and K, which was announced by the Prime Minister to be called as Mir Waiz Moulvi Muhammad Farooq Shaheed Medical College in recognition of Mir Waiz’s heroic struggle for the rights of the Kashmiri people, a struggle for which he laid down his life.
The medical college has been built at the cost of Rs. 361.5 million with the assistance of the Turkish government and the Chairman Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA).
The Prime Minister, in his address on the occasion, said that the Kashmiri people had special place in the heart of every Pakistani and they would continue to extend them their unwavering moral, political and diplomatic support till the attainment of their inalienable right to self-determination.
The Prime Minister said that the Quaid-i-Azam, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtrama Benazir Bhutto focused on the cultural, historical and intellectual affinities of the Kashmiri people with Pakistani people, which continue to serve as a source of inspiration to the both people.
The Prime Minister, mindful of the socio-economic development of the people, availed the opportunity and directed the relevant department to immediately start work on Muzaffarabad-Kohala-Lower Topa duel carriageway as per his announcement made during his visit to the capital in May this year.
The Prime Minster also announced the creation of 2000 vacancies in the AJ and K Police Department, which would help the government a great deal to further improve the law and order situation there besides providing jobs to the young people.
The Prime Minister announced the establishment of Information Technology University at Rawala Kot, adding that he could have done so before the elections of the Council but he did not do so with the sole purpose to promote healthy and fair democratic culture in the country. “I did not want to give the impression of influencing the election results,” the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister thanked the people of AJ and K for extending massive support to the PPP candidates in the recent elections and by the grace of God, the Party had emerged as the single largest party with comfortable majority.
‘We are with you whether you have voted for us or not’, he added. The Prime Minister asserted that no other Party was in a position to deliver and all the far-reaching and futuristic projects will be completed by the democratic government of the PPP.
The Prime Minster paid rich tributes to the Prime Minister of Turkey and the Turkish people for their generous assistance in rehabilitation of the earthquake- hit people including building up of infrastructure in AJ and K. Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Mustafa Babur Hizlan was also present on the occasion. The Prime Minister also recalled his visited to the region in the company of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.
The Prime Minister, in his speech, expressed his deep sense of gratitude to the international community, people of Pakistan, NGOs and Armed Forces in rescue and relief operations soon after the horrific earthquake that hit the country on October 8, 2005.
The Prime Minister said that all the IDPs had been settled in their homes with honour and dignity. Billions of rupees were spent to build the infrastructure, which included school and health facilities, buildings, roads, government offices and houses. Out of 7790 projects, about 3752 had been completed and handed over to relevant departments while work on 2613 projects was at the various stages of completion, the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister highly appreciated the governments of the Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE, China and the US for generous help for the earthquake victims. Such a gigantic task would have not been handled by the Government of Pakistan on its own.
The Prime Minister made a particular mention of the United Nations, which actively remained engaged to apprise the world community the magnitude of the disaster in order to convince them that more help was required.
Earlier, Minister for Kashmir Affairs Mian Manzoor Ahmad Watto, while addressing the ceremony, said that the reconciliation policy of the President and the Prime Minister had paid political dividends in the form of unprecedented victory of the PPP in the recently held elections.
President of AJ and K Sardar Muhammad Yaqub in his address said that the Kashmiris would not rest till the realization of their dream of independence from the Indian occupation.
The President said that the credit to build three Medical Colleges would also go to the PPP government.
Prime Minister of AJ and K, Chaudhry Abdul Majid, in his speech thanked the people of AJ and K for reposing their confidence in the PPP for the next five years. He said that we were happy that development of AJ and K constituted the priority of the Pakistan Government.
The Prime Minister of AJ and K complimented the present democratic government for projecting the cause of Kashmiri people at the international forums in general and at the UN in particular.
He demanded the striking down of the draconian laws from the occupied Kashmir, withdrawal of Indian troops from occupied territory, and the release of Kashmiri leaders and workers from the Indian jails. The Prime Minister declared that Pakistan was the country of all of us and Kashmir Guaranteed Pakistan’s future.
Earlier, Chairman ERRA said that his organization had completed 55% of its total portfolio while, the rest are being completed. Prayers were offered for the eternal peace of those who perished in the earthquake on October 8, 2005.
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