Hayat takes oath as CE Northern Areas
11 September 2004
News Network International
Islamabad: The Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas, Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat took oath as Chief Executive of Northern Areas in Islamabad on Saturday. The Head Chief Court administered the oath. Addressing the ceremony, Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat said a three- year special development programme will be prepared for rapid socio- economic development of the areas to bring them at par with the other areas. He said the Federal Government has allocated two point seven billion rupees for the uplift of Northern Areas. He said special attention will be paid on the development of neglected areas to ensure maximum basic civil amenities there. (KBS) Later, talking to newsmen, the Minister said fair, free and transparent elections will be ensured in the Northern Areas which are scheduled to be held next month. He said a long term strategy will be evolve to utilize natural resources to generate maximum eneregy in the Northern Areas besides preparing a plan to promote tourism there. He said maximum utilization of funds will be ensured in the Northern Areas to reduce public hardships and transparency and accountability will be ensured while utilizing these resources. Earlier, in his welcome address the Deputy Chief Executive of Northern Areas, Mr. Fida Muhammad highlighted the development activities there. He said the present government under the leadership of General Pervez Musharraf has focussed special attention on the development of Northern Areas and it is first time that twenty eight major projects are being completed there at a cost of over twelve billion rupees. (Kash) Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat to a question rejected the Indian allegations of cross border terrorism and said they are doing so to divert the attention of their people from their internal problems. He said both the sides will have to show flexibility to resolve the Kashmir issue but Pakistan will not withdraw from its principled stand on it. He said Pakistan has already adopted a flexible attitude to resolve issues and now it is Indian turn to show flexibility so that peace and stability can be ensured in the region. He said Pakistan will continue its morale and diplomatic support to the indiginous Kashmiri struggle. To a question, he said Pakistan Government has never interfered in the internal problems of Azad Kashmir and AJK politicians are free to take their political decisions.