Shoaib Mehmood – Muzaffarabad:
The meeting of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet was held here on Tuesday. The Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Prime Minister Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi was in the chair. The Cabinet approved an Amendment Act to provide financial assistance to widows and orphans under which a special fund would be set up for the welfare of orphans and widows to extend financial assistance to them.
The cabinet decided to collect the data of beneficiaries under Ehsas program and to follow the patron of the Federal government in this regard. The meeting decided to introduce a one dish system in weddings and other social functions in the state and to fix the time of celebrations till 10 pm . The Cabinet was apprised of the progress made so far by the Committee on Amendments to the Accountability Act and directed the committee to finalize the recommendations at the next meeting. A detailed briefing was given to the Cabinet by the committee to effectively follow up the pending cases in the court.
Addressing the cabinet The Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi said that according to the vision of the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan all resources would be channelized for the welfare of the people of the state and added that the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan is taking effective steps for the prosperity and wellbeing of the people . He said only by putting his vision and thinking into practice Azad Kashmir will be made a truly welfare state and the concept of good governance can only be achieved through the spirit to serve the people . He said that our mission is to serve the people regardless of political affiliations. He said that impartial accountability was the top priority of the government and the process of accountability will be initiated without any discrimination. The Prime Minister said that the welfare of widows and orphans is the responsibility of the government and the government will also fulfill its responsibility to provide relief to the destitute and in this regard data of deserving persons across the state should be collected in a clear and transparent manner so that no deserving person is deprived of it. The Prime Minister directed the secretaries to the government to maintain close liaison with the people and find out their problems so that the problems of the people could be solved on priority basis.. The Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir expressed his serious concern over the arrest of human rights activist Khurram Pervez .He said in order to provide cover to its crime India has not tolerated even those human rights activists who are respected by the world for their services. He urged the international human rights organizations in general and Geneva Human Rights Council in particular to play their leading role in the release of Khurram Pervez
In the cabinet prayers were offered for the martyrs of Tehreek-e-Azadi Kashmir Martyrs of Armed Forces of Pakistan and Martyrs of Neelum.