Aziz-Attiq meeting: Settlement of Kashmir issue will boost economy
29 December 2006
The Daily Times
Islamabad: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said on Friday that the resolution of the Kashmir issue, in accordance with Kashmiris wishes, was a vital step towards sustainable peace in South Asia. He was talking to the Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Attiq Ahmad Khan, who called on him at PM House. The PM said that the just settlement of the Kashmir dispute would enable Pakistan and India to leverage their full economic potential and help improve their peoples living standards. Aziz expressed satisfaction that conditions in the areas affected by last Octobers earthquake were returning to normal. He added that the government was focusing on programmes to help people earn their livelihood in a respectable manner. He said reconstruction was a major challenge and that the results achieved with the help of ERRA, donors, NGOs and the federal and AJK governments were encouraging. The two leaders also discussed steps for promoting tourism in AJK and exploiting its hydel potential for the generation of electricity. Attiq said Kashmiris were grateful for the Pakistani governments support in rehabilitating and rebuilding the earthquake-affected areas. He told Aziz about the status of the ongoing reconstruction projects in the quake-hit areas and assured him of their completion within the stipulated timeframe. He said the AJK government was prioritising the construction of educational institutions in the earthquake-affected areas. He said the construction of schools in Bagh, Muzaffarabad, Neelum valley and Rawalakot would also start soon.