59th Foundation Day observed in AJK
24 October 2006
Muzaffarabad: The 59th Foundation Day of Azad Kashmir was observed on Tuesday with a renewed pledge to work for the liberation of the occupied part Kashmir from Indian subjugation and ameliorate the lot of people living in the liberated territory, particularly in the quake- hit zone. The day’s main event was a parade by police contingents here at the Police Lines with Azad Kashmir President Raja Zulqarnain Khan as the chief guest. The ceremony was also attended by AJK Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan and some cabinet and assembly members, government officials besides a sizeable number of common people. Sardar Attique had announced that the day would be observed with traditional zeal even if it coincided with Eidul Fitr. President Raja Zulqarnain Khan urged India to realise the ground realities in Kashmir and let the lingering issue be resolved amicably to pave the way for durable peace in South Asia. “Kashmiris have offered innumerable sacrifices and that bears testimony to the fact they want to overthrow Indian subjugation,” he said. The president announced two-month remission for prisoners and a donation of Rs100,000 for the Police Welfare Trust. Earlier, he inspected the guard of honour along with IGP Shahid Hasan. The prime minister said his government was continuation of the revolutionary government formed in AJK on Oct 24, 1947 under the leadership of Sardar Mohammad Ibrahim Khan. “The government is fully alive to the peoples’ problems and needs and will make them feel the difference within a short span of time,” he vowed. He announced that police reforms of Pakistan would also be introduced in AJK and Police Foundation would also be established. He also hinted that AJK Constabulary would be raised on the pattern of Punjab and Sindh constabularies. He said the posts of SPs and DSPs would be sanctioned for the newly created districts and sub divisions whereas posts of SP and DSP traffic would also be created for Muzaffarabad and Mirpur districts to help the administration cope with traffic congestion problems. The police, Sardar Attique said, would be modernised to meet the challenges of present era. In this regard, he said funds would be provided for installation of navigation system, new wireless communication system and purchase of powerful motorcycles and other transport. The government would remove the resources constraints in this vital organ of state machinery, he said of police. He paid tributes to IGP Shahid Hasan and his force for their effective role in the aftermath of the earthquake and also in the Mangla dam upraising project. He noted with pride that AJK was the only area in country where there had been no incident of violence during the elections only because of active role of police. The PM said that Police Lines and other government offices would be shifted to the peripheries. “We are ready even for the shifting of official residences of president and prime minister along with other offices,” he said.