August 2005 News

Development Of AJK

21 August 2005
Pakistan Observer

Karachi: A comprehensive plan has reportedly been prepared for all round socio-economic development of Azad Kashmir. For this purpose, Pakistan Government has pledged substantial assistance to the AJK Government. This is indeed a step in the right direction and would go a long way in improving standard of living of Kashmiri people. Already, the Government of Pakistan is providing funds to maintain the tempo of development in the region and the new plan would definitely accelerate the pace of economic activity there. Azad Kashmir is rightly considered to be the base camp of freedom struggle of the Kashmiri people. AJK should, therefore, be a model of development to send positive signal to the Kashmiris living on the other side of the Line of Control. No doubt, successive AJK governments have been concentrating on infrastructure development and that is why the State has an elaborate network of roads. Similarly, electricity has been provided in almost each and every corner of the area besides provision of tapped water, wherever feasible. There is also no dearth of schools and health institutions in the territory. However, much needs to be done to improve economic conditions of the people of Kashmir. The beautiful State has immense potential to attract local and foreign tourists but tourism promotion has not received due attention. This requires establishment of good quality hotels, availability of comfortable means of communications and provision of entertainment facilities like chair-lifts and cable-car at scenic spots. Steps should also be taken for industrial development of Azad Kashmir especially promotion of agro-based and cottage industries. Thousands of people from Azad Kashmir are working abroad, sending handsome foreign exchange back home. These overseas Kashmiris can be motivated to invest in the State by way of offering them different incentives. This, coupled with tourism promotion, would surely bring prosperity for the people of Azad Kashmir.


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