AJK to get prime focus in Vision 2025: Prof Iqbal

AJK to get prime focus in Vision 2025: Prof Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) will get prime focus in Vision 2025, in order to harness its due potential in hydroelectric power production, tourism, minerals, rural agriculture, cottage industry and fisheries, said Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Prof Ahsan Iqbal here on Tuesday.

Addressing as a chief guest at Consultative Meeting on Vision 2025 and 11th Five-Year Plan 2013-18 here in Muzaffarabad, AJK, he said, “The government is committed to invest vigorously in human resource and infrastructure development projects through exploiting true potential of private sector in this regard.”

Iqbal highlighted, “AJK is blessed with rich endowments of natural resources, which would be fully exploited for the economic prosperity of the country and the region in particular.”

This end can only be achieved through visionary planning in all sectors of the economy, by relying heavily on indeginous resource mobilisation. Hectic consultation is being carried out in all provinces including AJK and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) to make the long-term planning documents of Vision 2025, and medium-term development framework of 11th Five Year Plan 2013-18, in order to command its collective ownership by all parties and governments regardless of their political affiliation, he added.

The federal minister appreciated the valour and commitment shown by the people of AJK in all odds, especially 2005 earthquake which virtually rendered the country infrastructure-less and offered monstrous challenges of recovery and rehabilitation. He also commended the great role played by 1.5 million Kashmiri diaspora in the economic development of the country through the display of entrepreneurship skills abroad. He expressed great hope in tapping this huge human resource potential of Kashmiri people through investment in different development projects in the country.

He praised the AJK authorities at organising such a valuable consultative meeting for defining the future development course of the country.

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