People living along LoC to be provided landline and mobile phone services on priority basis

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MUZAFFARABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has asked the Special Communication Organization (SCO) to upgrade its telecom infrastructure across AJK to help the Government provide specialized tele-health facilities to the patients and distance education to the students in far-flung areas.  

“E-health and e-education are becoming a new reality of present time, which will not only reduce unnecessary cost but will also create greater efficiencies and increase productivity,” the President said during his meeting with Director General, Special Communication Organization, Major General Ali Farhan.

The DG SCO called on President Masood Khan at the President House here and briefed him about the telecommunication facilities being provided to the people of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan by his organization.

The President appreciated the efforts of SCO for providing telecom facilities to the people of AJK and GB in a challenging environment since its inception in 1976. He urged the management of the organization to further upgrade their services to facilitate students in remote areas to use technology in the classrooms for enhancing the learning functions and improving academic performance.

The President also underlined that people living along the Line of Control (LoC) especially those in Haveli and Neelum Valley should be provided with both landline and mobile phone services on a priority basis. “The provision of phone services will significantly help address the problems being faced by the people living along the LoC,” Khan added.

He said that with its youthful and diverse population, Jehlum Valley area of Muzaffarabad and Hattian districts specifically can be the turned into a new ‘Silicon Valley’ attracting entrepreneurs and startups from all over the country and even abroad.   

Speaking on the occasion, Director General Special Communication Organization, Major General Ali Farhan told President that SCO has been providing telecom facilities to the people of AJK and GB for over 40 years without much concern for profit-generation.

He apprised that SCO has successfully executed the Pak-China Optic Fiber Cable Project for the establishment of first ever land-based connectivity with China. This was the only project so far planned and executed under the framework of CPEC and declared early harvest project by the government of Pakistan.