German envoy discusses ongoing projects in AJK with Sardar Masood

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MUZAFFARABAD (AJK): German Ambassador to Pakistan Martin Kobler called on Azad Jammu and Kashmir president, Sardar Masood Khan at President House here on Tuesday.

The ambassador told him that his government supported projects in different parts of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir. The projects include improvement of health sector, disaster risk reduction and vocational training.

Matin Kobler had travelled Muzaffarabad to launch German supported blood bank for thalesssemia patients. The center was set up at Abbas Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS).      

Sardar Masood Khan while apprising the ambassador about the priorities of AJK government in socio-economic development of the state said that AJK with its abundant water resources is especially focusing on the production of renewable energy from its rivers and had completed Neelum Jehlum Hydropower Generation project recently while development work on other mega projects is underway. 

He said that power generation sector is one of the prime focuses of the government to overcome the energy crisis in the country followed by the development of roads infrastructure to connect different parts of the state.  

He said improvement in health service delivery system, especially in remote areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir is another important priority of the government. The state government, he added, needs ambulances, fire tenders and resources for the establishment of health units and ambulances in the areas located along the Line of Control to provide immediate medical help to those in need in order to minimize the fatalities routinely caused by cross LoC shelling and other accidents. The president said AJK being most beautiful region with mesmerizing natural beauty, hospitable climate and low crimes can easily be turned into a tourist paradise. After completion of Neelum Jehlum Hydropower generation project, development work is under way on several other projects that will significantly help Pakistan to overcome its energy crisis.  The president said that now AJK and Pakistan government together were factoring in environment impacts at the planning and designing stage of all the projects