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pm-muzaffarabadMUZAFFARABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Monday inaugurated a series of development projects for Azad Kashmir's different cities, in education and infrastructure sectors.

The Prime Minister who arrived here on a day-long visit, inaugurated the Muzaffarabad and Rawalakot campuses of Azad Jammu and Kashmir University.

He also inaugurated 25 model schools which have been constructed with a cost of Rs 340.50 million. The schools are fully equipped with the departments having tools of science and research.

Prime Minister Gilani said the government was striving to provide quality education to the people and bring improvement in their lives.

He thanked the Saudi government for providing assistance in completion of these projects.

He said the government was considering on revamping the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA). He mentioned the already constructed 6,000 shelters for the quake-affected people in Azad Kashmir.

The Prime Minister said at this juncture when the country was facing multiple internal and external challenges, these projects would benefit entire population of Azad Jammu and Kashmir for generations to come.

He said the Disaster Risk Management Programme had been completed in all the nine districts while the programme for medical rehabilitation of over 40,000 persons with disabilities had been completed and institutional arrangements were put into place to look after these people.

He mentioned the completion of over 4,000 water and sanitation schemes with electricity and telecommunication fully restored, and 40 new bridges been constructed.

He said on the whole, 6,848 infrastructure projects had been completed while 4,100 were under construction while some 2,000 were being processed.

AJK President Raja Zulqarnain Khan, Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, Jasim Al-Khaldi from the embassy of Saudi Arabia, Chairman ERRA Hamid Yar Hiraj and Deputy Chairman ERRA, Lt Gen Sardar Mahmood Ali Khan were present.

 

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2011

 

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