Imran Khan meets with quake in Mirpur, assures full support


IMIRPUR (AJK): Prime minister Imran Khan reached Muzaffarabad on Monday and met with the injured people in hospitals and other affectees in other places. AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan briefed him of on-going relief measure and said that rehabilitation and reconstruction work in quake hit areas of the state would be completed in three phases.

He expressed profound gratitude to Pak Army and National Disaster Management Authority for extending full cooperation in rescue and relief operation in quake hit areas of Azad Kashmir. But while criticizing the Muzaffarabad City Development Project (MCDP) he stated that government (Islamabad) had not fulfilled its responsibility due to which these projects couldn’t be completed till now. “This experience would not be repeated this time”, he added.

Farooq Haider pleased Imran Khan while lauding his speech at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and expressed profound gratitude to him. “The Prime Minister has effectively pleaded the case of Kashmir in UN”, he appreciated buttering further; “We have strong hope that government of Pakistan would continue to extend its full support to the earthquake affectees for their proper rehabilitation and reconstruction as it done in past”.   

Farooq said that many areas of Azad Kashmir are situated in seismic zone. “The state faced heavy human and materialistic loss in earthquake 2005. The experience of rehabilitation and reconstruction work would be fully utilized in the present situation with strict implementation on building code.”

He hoped that government of Pakistan would take special measures for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the quake hit areas of the state. He thanked people and government of Pakistan for their generous support in rescue and relief operation in devastated areas of Azad Kashmir.

Earlier Imran Khan visited earthquake-hit Mirpur city and reviewed the ongoing relief and rehabilitation activities, carried out by Azad Jammu and Kashmir Government with the coordination of Pakistan Government.

He visited Mirpur Divisional Headquarters Hospital to enquire after the well-being of those injured in September 24 earthquake that jolted Mirpur city and adjoining areas. He was briefed, with the help of charts and maps, about the relief and rescue operations, conducted by the Pakistan and AJK Governments in the quake-affected areas. 

During another inspection tour, Foreign Minister Shah MAhmood Qureshi, Federal Minister Ali Amin Gandapur and PTI-AJK President Sultan Mahmood were also accompanied with Imran Khan.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan was received at the helipad by the AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan, AJK Health Minister Dr Najeeb Naqi, President-PTI-AJK Sultan Mahmood, senior officials of AJK government and Mirpur Division Administration including Commissioner Muhammad Tayyeb, DIG Police Mirpur Sardar Gulfraz Khan, SSP Raja Irfan Saleem, DC Tahir Mumtaz Raja, Additional Secretary AJK Masood ur Rehman, SPs including Raja Azhar Iqbal and Raja Akmal Khan, senior MDA Official Mirza Kaleem Jiraal and others.