Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Barjees Tahir Monday said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government would spend Rs 50 billion to build roads and rehabilitate infrastructure in Azad Jammu and Kashmir during next five years.
Addressing a press conference along with Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid and Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Affairs Dr Asif Kirmani, he said modern hospitals would be established in every district of the AJK valley.
While existing hospitals would be upgraded, equipping them with modern facilities to extend maximum facilities to the suffering humanity, he added.
The minister said trauma centers will be established in every district of the valley, adding that AJK would be provided five air ambulances for lifting of the patients in emergency cases.
He said a parliamentary committee would be set up to address the issue of Mangla Dam affected people, making it clear that the body’s recommendations would be implemented in letter and spirit according to the instructions of the prime minister.
Barjees also announced provision of natural gas for Mirpur and adjacent areas besides opening gas company’s offices.
The minister also announced setting up of two universities in the AJK, saying one university would be established in the district Sudhanoti and the other one – an agriculture university – would be built in the district Bhimber.
Barjees said the Mirpur-Muzaffarabad expressway would be completed by end of the fiscal year 2016-17.
He said work on the Leepa Valley Tunnel would be started in the year 2016-17.
The minister said on directives of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Kahuta- Azad Pattan road would be completed at a cost of Rs one billion in a year to facilitate commuters and motorists.
The PML-N government, he said, had already initiated different development projects worth Rs 35 billion in the valley.
Replying to a question, he said the PML-N twice had an opportunity to bring no confidence motion against the present AJK government, but the party did not go for it and preferred to bring change through vote.
Barjees said the federal government gave development funds amounting to billions of rupees but the AJK government failed to initiate even a single mega project.
“The present AJK government befooled the common man in five years and now the time has come for its accountability,” he remarked.
Minister for Information Broadcasting and National Heritage Pervaiz Rashid said the time of AJK elections had arrived and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had finalized a dynamic manifesto for progress and prosperity of the valley.
“If we will be given a chance, we will be duty-bound to implement the manifesto,” the minister said.
“The PML-N will carry out and complete the announced mega development projects after winning the upcoming elections in Azad Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Answering a question, the minister said the PML-N received 220 applications for 29 seats in different parts of AJK, while other political parties failed to get a matching response.
He expressed confidence that the PML-N would win the AJK elections with a thumping majority and form its government.