Collective Indo-Pak strategy must to combat terrorism: AJK PM

28 November 2008
The News International

Mirpur : Pakistan and India should immediately adopt a collective strategy to root out the menace of terrorism. Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Atiq Ahmad Khan, said this while talking to newsmen on Friday after inaugurating the offices of the Mirpur Bureau of the Geo TV channel and Urdu Daily Pakistan. Sarar Atiq strongly condemned the blasts in Mumbai, India, and described them as cowardly acts of terrorism. He said Pakistan was also facing similar problems. He said the blame game against each other should be avoided and urged both countries to adopt a combined strategy to flush out elements creating troubles for them. Referring to the priorities of his government for the speedy progress of the AJK, Sardar Atiq said reconstruction and rehabilitation of the quake-hit zone was the top priority of his government and all possible steps were being taken to improve the life of the quake-ravaged people. He called upon philanthropists to come forward for actively participating in social welfare programs for early resettlement and rehabilitation of the earthquake victims. He said the website containing complete information about the resettlement process for Mangla Dam victims would be soon launched for quick information. The AJK premier said his party the Muslim Conference came to power at a time when the AJK was confronting major challenges, including the peace process for early peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute, reconstruction and rehabilitation of the quake-hit zone of the AJK, besides resettlement of the people displaced due to the construction of Mangla Dam. He said although there were certain hurdles in the resolution of the Kashmir issue but hoped that positive results would be achieved soon through peaceful negotiations. He added that various Confidence Building Measures (CBMs), like the bilateral movement of the Jammu Kashmir people and exchange of trade between either side of the Line of Control through bus and truck services, have already initiated to arrive at the ultimate settlement of the Kashmir conflict through peaceful means. Atiq thanked the Government of Pakistan for extending generous financial aid and assistance to the AJK government for execution of the process of reconstruction and rehabilitation in the quake-hit areas of the AJK.