AJK PM keen to enrol youth role in policy-making

MIRPUR (AJK)-Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan Saturday lauded the role of civil society as key, saying the civil society has played proactive role in recognition of the government’s efforts for public welfare and making these efforts more effective and vibrant.
AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider remarked during talks with a group of young intellectuals who belonged to different areas of Azad Kashmir and serving in the higher institutions of Pakistan here in Jammu & Kashmir house on Saturday.
The delegation, comprising Prof Dr Syed Waqas Ali Kausar, Head of the Department in National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Dr Waqas Idrees Mughal, Dr Raja Wasiq, Sardar Qaiser Khan, Jalal Uddin Mughal and Prof Ms Attia Anwar Zoon, called on the PM here.
The prime minister congratulated Dr Waqas Ali Kauser on his recent elevation as head of the department of in NUML. Farooq Haider discussed with him various initiatives to improve governance in AJK.
The group of young people of high intellect also shared vision 2020 document, a shared vision of young people of Jammu & Kashmir state.
The premier said that the incumbent government is endeavouring to enrol young intellectuals in policy-making and their contribution in this regard is remarkable. “People of Azad Kashmir have a unique reputation for qualification and ability and are serving in Pakistan’s most important institutions.” The AJK PM maintained.
Mr Haider claimed that it is the mission of his government to create employment opportunities on equal basis.
He pointed out that there are many other initiatives taken by his government including provision of basic facilities to the masses. “It is pleasure to know that our youth is interested in the development of our state, especially those who are performing their duties in many important organisations,” the AJK PM remarked.
During the meeting with the Prime Minister, the delegation expressed pleasure over the fact that within a short period of time, there are many positive measures taken by the present government to materialise the slogan of Good Governance.
The delegation of young intellectuals assured the Prime Minister that the administrative reforms within the Azad Kashmir, including improvement of institutions, merit maintenance, improvement of educational system, and the development opportunities to the educate youth will be carried on with full zest besides giving their suggestions for the betterment in the society to make AJK an ideal state.
Later when contacted leader of the delegation Prof Dr Syed Waqas Ali Kousar told this Correspondent Saturday evening that the Prime Minister Farooq Haider seems optimistic and dedicated to improve governance in AJK. Haider stated that despite challenges, he is trying his best to ensure merit and transparency which would be further strengthened through the support of civil society.
Distinguished leader of AJK business community and former AJK Chamber of Commerce & Industry President Ch Javed Iqbal clinched victory in the elections of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), securing the slot of Vice President of the premier national body of the business community.
Javed Iqbal, also a former DG of the Mirpur Development Authority in outgoing PPP regime, won the election as Vice President of the FPCCI on the reserved slot of the AJKCCI being the candidate of the victorious panel of veteran businessman Iftikhar Malik in the elections held.
The newly-elected VP Ch Javed Iqbal had support of the eminent AJK business community icon and sitting AJK minister for sports, youth and culture Ch Muhammad Saeed, also former President of the FPCCI. All segments of the civil society of AJK including the local business community has felicitated Ch Javed Iqbal on his landslide victory in the elections of the FPCCI.

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