MIRPUR (AJK) - AJK Prime Minister Ch Abdul Majeed has termed Gilgit Biltistan as an integral part of Jammu & Kashmir, saying that it has been awarded separate status only for administrative purposes.

The premier said that the AJK government will hold another round of talks with the state transporters regarding launching of bus service on various inter-district routes by the state-run Northern Areas Transport Corporation (NATCO).

The AJK PM expressed the views while presiding over cabinet meeting held at Prime Minister's Secretariat in Muzaffarabad late the other day.

Ch Majeed condemned certain political elements for exploiting the issue for the accomplishment of their petty gains.

"The people of Gilgit and Biltistan are our brothers and if NATCO bus service offers better services on affordable fares it must be started in AJ&K without making any further delay as PPP-government believes in provision of maximum relief to people of the state", he declared.

The AJ&K premier expressed satisfaction over law and order situation in the state, saying that the police in Mirpur division eliminated criminals and miscreants for that it must be appreciated. He, however, asked the IGP to submit a report on a few incidents including the kidnapping of a minister's driver and misbehaviour some police officials with the staff of a minister. He directed the IGP to arrest those who were involved in the kidnapping within 24 hours. The premier stated that his government would establish a financial discipline and resolve all outstanding issues. "We have already started development work under City Development Projects, in quake hit areas; all the hindrances in such projects have been removed and all resources would be utilized for the welfare of the people", he assured.

The AJK Cabinet with Premier Ch Majeed in the chair, condemned state terrorism and human rights violation in Indian occupied Kashmir and asked the international community to take notice of the atrocities and play its significant role to give Kashmiris their right to self-determination. The cabinet welcomed the peace talks between Pakistan and India and expected that through composite dialogue and practical measures India would stop killing of innocent people, crackdowns, house arrests and assassination of Kashmiri leadership and would provide opportunities to Kashmiris to meet freely withdrawing its black laws from the state.

The cabinet also condemned and castigated the blasphemous movie and its producer Terry Jones and demanded that the entire world should take steps for legislations to avoid such clashes in future. It also severely denounced the attack on the ambassador of peace Malala Yousafzai and maintained that she was spreading the philosophy of Shaheed Banzir Bhutto for international peace.

The cabinet prayed for her early recovery and long life. It also lauded and welcomed the end of deadlock between Supreme Court of Pakistan and the government of Pakistan on the issue of writing a letter to Swiss courts and hoped that all institutions would perform their duties within their constitutional limits.

While giving a detailed briefing to media later on, the minister education colleges and PPP AJK Secretary Information Ch Matloob Inqalabi said that cabinet had approved several ordinances and endorsed some others. "The cabinet endorsed Kashmir Institute of Management Ordinance 2012 and approved amendments to Stamps Act 1980, Bar Council Act 1995 and an amendment to Law Criminal Ordinance 2012 and one that deals with acid attacks under which the culprits now could be sentenced to life imprisonment", he told.