AJK capital not to be shifted: Attique
13 February 2007
The News International
Islamabad: Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan said on Tuesday the capital of Azad Kashmir would not be shifted to some other place, and the quake-affected population would be provided transit shelter houses with latest facilities. Speaking at a press conference here he said some portion of the city located at red zone would be preserved to attract foreign tourists. He said later the displaced persons would be rehabilitated in satellite towns, hamlets and modern colonies which would be established around the Muzaffarabad-Chakothi road. The AJK PM said the population along the red zone area would be shifted to these satellite towns and hamlets in Chakothi and Ghari area while the state institutions would be established along the Kohala National Highway. Attique said the citizens of Muzaffarabad city would be provided latest facilities, adding that some political elements are creating confusion among the citizens regarding shifting of the capital for their political gains. He said the government is trying to divert any major donor agency towards the reconstruction of the quake-hit areas of Azad Kashmir.