by Sarosh Rao

MIRPUR (AJK): The Azad Jammu & Kashmir Cabinet on Friday demanded raise in net hydroelectric profit, water usage charges and royalty of hydro power projects in AJK as has been agreed with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province by the Centre.

The AJK cabinet met at Prime Minister Secretariat in Muzaffarabad late Friday with Prime Minister Ch Abdul Majeed in the chair.

The cabinet, through a unanimously-passed resolution strongly condemned the Azad Jammu & Kashmir Council for direct release of developmental funds on basis of political affiliation to influence the voters in upcoming general elections, dubbing it “pre-poll rigging.”

The cabinet members also adopted various resolutions in the session which are as follows:

The AJK cabinet condemned the massive human rights violations in occupied Kashmir and reaffirmed the AJK govt commitment to utilise its energies and resources for the liberation of occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He assured the people of Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) that they would never find themselves alone in their struggle for right to self-determination. The cabinet applauded people of the Held Valley for showing full love, affection and commitment with Pakistan by raising and waving Pakistani flags despite massive Indian forces presence. The cabinet praised Hurriyat leadership’s role in leading freedom struggle against India.

The cabinet appreciated the determination of Pakistan Army in counter terrorism and successful operation in various fields. The Cabinet members said that armed forces are committed to ensure peace and security in the country as well as countering external threats to its solidarity. They welcomed the participation of Pak Army in armed exercises in Saudi Arabia and visit of PM Nawaz Sharif and COAS Gen Raheel Shareef on that occasion.

The PPP MPs also reposed confidence in Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Asif Ali Zardari and PM Ch Majeed’s sincere leadership and their commitment to the welfare of people of Pakistan and the AJK. The cabinet also expressed deep sorrows over the lost of lives in tragic terror attack on civil servants bus at Peshawar and condemned the terrorism in its all shapes.

The cabinet was briefed about the overall law and order situation by the IG Police. The AJK Prime Minister while expressing satisfaction over the law and order urged for further improving law and order situation in AJK.

Earlier Cabinet approved ownership rights for residents of staff colony Mirpur on the recommendations of allotment committee.

The meeting also approved the Azad Kashmir Textbook Board amended Ordinance.

Cabinet also approved National Health Program for AJK.

The AJK PM while addressing the meeting said that Kashmiris were sacrificing and would sacrifice anything for the protection and safety of Pakistan.

The AJK PM said that Kashmir Issue is a matter of life and death for Kashmiris and they are stand with people of occupied Kashmir. Ch Majeed said that the struggle in occupied Kashmir is actually for the completion of Pakistan and thousands of Kashmiris have sacrificed their lives only to see their children are part of Pakistan.

The AJK premier declared that Pakistan is a belief of the Kashmiries and they would even shed the last drop of their blood for Pakistan.

The prime minister saluted to the Chief of Army Chief for his strong and straight forward stand on Kashmir Issue. The AJK ministers, Chief Secretary, Finance Secretary, the IG Police and other officials also attended the meeting.