MIRPUR (AJK)-AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has said that access to quality education is the right of every citizen and we will ensure that the best education facilities are provided in AJK.

The president made these remarks while addressing a gathering at the inauguration ceremony of Poonch University’s sub-campus at Haveli in Kahuta district. The ceremony was also attended by Dr Mukhtar Ahmad, the chairman of HEC, and others.

The AJK president commended the management of Poonch University and HEC for timely and effectively completing the establishment of the Haveli sub-campus. He said that University of Poonch has played a pivotal role in providing tertiary education in Poonch District and the same opportunities will be provided to the people of Haveli.

He said that the timely completion of the Haveli sub-campus proves that the government does not believe in making hallow promises. He added that soon Haveli will have its own University and groundwork has been initiated in this regard. The sub-campus, he said, was the first of many educational and development projects to be introduced in Haveli.

Addressing the youth, the president said, “You are the future leaders of Azad Kashmir and Pakistan. With quality education, we can shape the destiny of AJK and Pakistan. Along with quality educational facilities, we will focus on inducting capable teachers and admitting students purely on merit. With the help of HEC, we will ensure the highest standard of education at all the public sector universities in AJK. We need to develop a knowledge-based economy in order to compete with global powers.”

The Haveli sub-campus in its first year has initiated intakes in two disciples namely Computer Sciences and Education. Additional disciples are said to be added in the coming academic year. The president said that the present government is committed to the development and serving the masses.

The president announced that sub-campuses of University of Poonch and Mirpur University of Science Technology will soon be inaugurated in Abbaspur and Palandri respectively. Access to quality education is a priority and we will establish universities in all districts and sub-campuses in sub-divisions of AJK, said the president.

He said that the brave people of Haveli had incurred huge human and financial losses due to India’s unprovoked shelling on the LoC. The government is in the process of preparing compensation package for the citizens living on the LOC, said the president.

He said that India is committing massive human right violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir and using illegal tactics in suppressing the freedom movement. Since 1947, over 600,000 Kashmiris have been murdered mercilessly, thousands of women have been dishonored, countless young Kashmiris have been arrested and unmarked mass graves have been discovered.

“Our diplomatic, political and moral support will continue till our Kashmiri brothers and sisters are free,” he said. He added that the right to self-determination is a fundamental human right and the UN resolutions calling for a free and fair plebiscite must be implemented in letter and spirit.