Kashmir leaders condemn killing of unarmed civilians by Indian forces
ISLAMABAD: Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, Kashmir leaders condemn killing of unarmed civilians by Indian forces is the worst kind of state terrorism unleashed by India in the territory.
Syed Ali Gilani addressed the participants of funeral of a civilian youth, Amir Hamid Lone, in Kangan via telephone from his residence in held Srinagar.
Amir Hamid Lone was a resident of Kangan, Gandarbal district, who after succumbed to his injuries, last day, after battling for 13 days for his life. He was hit by bullet fired by Indian forces on protesters in the area on April 3.
Gilani paid tributes to the martyred youth and condemned the unwarranted action by the Indian forces on people. “Killing unarmed civilians is the worst kind of state terrorism and the people of Kashmir are facing it over the past seven decades,” Gilani said.
He urged people to boycott all upcoming elections and remain faithful to the Kashmir “nourished by the sacred blood of our martyrs.”
Hurriyat forum Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in his statement expressed his grief over the death of Amir Lone. The Mirwaiz in his twitter message wrote: “Deeply grieved as Aamir Lone (21) shot at by forces during Gowhar, a youth killed in Kangan during an earlier protest, funeral at Kangan succumbed to his injuries after battling for life for 13 days. We lost one more budding youth to Indian states aggressive military approach to deal with Kashmir dissent!”
Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik while expressing his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of yet another budding young Kashmiri Amir Ahmad Lone said that the killing was a glaring example of the fact that Kashmiri blood was cheap and valueless in the eyes of oppressors and tyrants.
He said Kashmiri blood is being spilled on roads from Shopian to Kulgam and Sonawari to Handwara and Bandipora to Kangan, but international community remains a silent spectator.
A JKLF delegation led by Bashir Ahmad Rather visited Kangan and participated in the funeral prayers of martyr Amir Ahmad Lone.
Liberation leader, Mushtaq-ul-Islam while taking a strong note of unending incidents of bloodshed in Kashmir called for an immediate end to the civilian killings and other human rights abuses in the territory.
Flood warning issued to Muzaffarabad
MUZAFFARABAD: Deputy Commissioner Muzaffarabad has issued a warning to citizens to remain away from river banks as 600 cusecs additional water will be released from Nauseeri dam in river Neelum and there could be medium flooding in the river.
The warning said 600 cusec water will be released on January 14 from 10 am to 2 pm due to the closure of the dam for checking purpose and it could generate medium level flooding in the city areas.
The DC directed all the concern departments to be prepared to meet any emergency situation and remain alert. He also directed all the police officers to enhance patrolling near the river to review the situation.
21 uni pupils injured in road accident
MUZAFFARABAD: At least 21 students including three females from Lahore were injured, three of them seriously, when a bus, they were boarding veered off the road while negotiating a curve at Chattar Klass near here on Saturday, police said.
The Students of the University of Engineering Lahore were on a tour to Azad Kashmir and going to Neelum Valley from Islamabad when they met the accident in the wee hours, Station House officer Chatter Klass police station Hamad Asghar added.
The injured were shifted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) at Muzaffarabad for treatment. All of them were said to be out of danger.
Govt to provide Rs 11b to AJK as net hydel profit
ISLAMABAD: The Federal Government would provide an amount of Rs 12 billion to Azad Jammu and Kashmir in terms of net hydel profit like other federating units to strengthen the financial position of the AJK state.
The government has agreed in principle to provide share from the net hydel profit to Azad Kashmir and accordingly a summary has been finalized for the approval, which would be presented in the next meeting of the cabinet meeting said Acting Chief Secretary of the Government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Dr. Asif Hussain.
Briefing a group of Islamabad-based journalists during their visit to different infrastructure development projects including roads and bridge funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and executed by the Communication and Works Department (C&WD), he said that the indigenous resources of the AJK government were very limited and all the financial needs were fulfilled by the federal government.
He said due to financial constraints, the federal government had revised its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the financial year 2018-19 and it also reduced developmental funds for AJK from Rs 25 billion to Rs 22 billion. The provision of net hydel profit would supplement the financial position of AJK government and create space for the government to spend more on social sector development for the uplift of underdeveloped areas of Azad Kashmir, he remarked.
The Acting Chief Secretary said that AJK was blessed with a massive hydel power generation potential and the federal government was looking into possibilities for maximum utilization of water resources for power generation, meeting the country’s ever-growing energy needs.
He said about 93 hydel power generation projects, having the capacity to produce 9,255 MW, had been identified in different parts of AJK, out of which 21 projects with power generation capacity of 2,361.82 MW were functioning, while 15 projects of 974.86 MW were under progress and 57 different projects of 5,919.02 MW were in their initial phase.
Besides, the ACS said a number of run of the river projects have also been initiated in collaboration with the private sector in different localities including Patrind 150 MW, Karot 720 MW, Kohala 1126 MW, and Suki Kinari 870 MW. About the ADB funded road projects, he said that the Flood Emergency Reconstruction and Resilience Projects (FERRP) worth the US $ 220 million was initiated in the response of flash floods of 2014 which had destroyed major roads and link roads.
Dr. Asif Hussain said 90 percent work on 10 major roads comprising 204 km were completed by spending Rs 4,381.02 million as against the contract cost of Rs 5,334.1 million, adding that work on 15 districts roads consisting 66.1 km was 96 percent completed and spent an amount of Rs386 million. He said the AJK Government was also planning to establish three tourism corridors to enhance the revenue of as well as providing livelihood opportunities for the skilled and semiskilled labor force.
He said famous hotels and restaurants brands were invited to invest in the sector to exploit the tourism potential. About the government efforts for the uplift and welfare of the common man in AJK, he said an education endowment fund worthof Rs 790 million was established to promote the higher education, where as an amount of Rs 750 million was allocated in collaboration with Akhwat foundation to promote micro-finance for enhancing the income of the people living in rural areas and promoting cottage industry.