Govt considering administrator for AJK
10 November 2005
The Daily Times
Islamabad: The federal government is considering appointing an administrator in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) for effective handling and augmentation of relief and rehabilitation operations in the quake-devastated areas.Official sources told Daily Times on Thursday that the proposal was floated by the top leadership of the ruling coalition that appointment of the administrator would improve the relief and rehabilitation works.The sources said the federal government had not yet reached the final decision in this connection. In case the administrator was appointed, the present AJK government would cease to operate.They said the AJK Legislative Assembly elections were due after six months, which provided another reason for the appointment of the administrator. The elections might also be delayed owning to the worst devastations caused by the earthquake. The AJK government was totally collapsed after the earthquake razed Muzaffarabad, Bagh and other areas of AJK. Majority of the civil servants or their relatives died during the earthquake.The federal government was concerned about the reports of involvement of Jihadi and banned religious outfits in the relief operations. There were apprehensions that these organisations might motivate Kashmiri youth for militant activities.If appointed, the administrator would keep a strict check on the activities of Jihadi groups' members, who were freely performing the relief activities in the quake-hit areas. The federal government has already decided to send bureaucrats to Muzaffarabad because the civil service structure in Azad Kashmir has also been destroyed.