Barjees urges AJK govt to ensure free by-polls
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir Affairs (GB&AJK), Barjees Tahir on Thursday urged the AJK government for ensuring free, fair and transparent by-polls, to be held on Feb 22.
He said that he had asked the Chief Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for taking measures and providing Rangers security to stop any kind of rigging and clashes on election day.
He was addressing a press conference here along with the leader of PML-N, Marvi Memon. The secretary of the Ministry of GB & AJK, Shahid Ullah Baig was also present at the occasion.
The minister said that Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) had respected the mandate of other political parties in AJK and Balochistan province despite of having ability to form it’s government.
He said that Prime Minister of AJK and ministers were trying to influence the by-polls.
He urged the government of AJK to ensure transparency in its affairs and reduce extra expenditures and spend them for the betterment of citizens.
Barjees said that federal government had not closed its eyes to corruption in AJK as the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had directed to start an audit of last ten years.
He said that federal government was authorized in the limits of constitution for ensuring good governance in Kashmir.
He said that federal government was issuing Rs. 55 billion annually to the AJK for running its affairs.
Talking about the performance of federal government in last seven months, he said that ministry of Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir Affairs (GB&AJK) was ensuring the construction of 275 schools for children of earthquick victim families.
He said that government had directed the concern departments to complete all developmental projects till Jun 2014, in GB & AJK.
He said that offices of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) were being upgraded as regional offices in AJK.
He said that 900 police personnel were withdrawn, who were deputed for observing personal duties of officers, saying that a separate force was formed comprising of them. About 1200 illegal recruitment had also been canceled, he added.
Barjees Tahir said that the government was taking measures for promoting tourism in GB & AJK as the directives have been issued to provide special security to the foreign tourists.
He said that the government would also organize Silk Route Festival every year.
He said a force comprising 1500 local people was established for the security of Shahrah e Resham. The Ullema Board of GB had played positive role for regional peace, he added.
He said that Prime Minister had raised the Kashmir issue effectively at international forums.