September 2007 News

Attique announces airline for AJK

2 September 2007
The News International

Islamabad: Azad Jammu and Kashmir will soon have its own airline under the name of Air Kashmir, announced AJK Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan on Saturday. The AJK prime minister made the announcement while speaking as chief guest at the opening ceremony of the Kashmir Bank Branch, Rawalakot. He said the airline would be operated from Azad Kashmir with expanded airports located in Muzaffarabad and Rawalakot. The prime minister said that in the forthcoming meeting of the AJK cabinet on September 4, a formal approval for the launch of Air Kashmir in the private sector would be accorded. He added that a plan to set up a separate chamber of commerce and industries for Poonch was also on the cards, which would boost economic activities in the region. The AJK premier noted that the government had established a Kashmir commercial bank for the provision of industrial credits and deposit facilities for the overseas Kashmiris. Six more bank branches will soon be opened at various towns in AJK, he added. I am busy surmounting three major challenges: post-earthquake reconstruction works, rehabilitation of the Mangla dam and alleviation of the sufferings of the victims of the Line of Control. With the liberal assistance from the federal government, the government of the AJK has initiated implementation of these projects simultaneously, he noted. He said there was a growing demand for Kashmiri handicrafts in the world market. Azad Jammu and Kashmir will soon have its own airline under the name of Air Kashmir, announced AJK Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan on Saturday. The AJK prime minister made the announcement while speaking as chief guest at the opening ceremony of the Kashmir Bank Branch, Rawalakot. He said the airline would be operated from Azad Kashmir with expanded airports located in Muzaffarabad and Rawalakot. The prime minister said that in the forthcoming meeting of the AJK cabinet on September 4, a formal approval for the launch of Air Kashmir in the private sector would be accorded. He added that a plan to set up a separate chamber of commerce and industries for Poonch was also on the cards, which would boost economic activities in the region. The AJK premier noted that the government had established a Kashmir commercial bank for the provision of industrial credits and deposit facilities for the overseas Kashmiris. Six more bank branches will soon be opened at various towns in AJK, he added. I am busy surmounting three major challenges post-earthquake reconstruction works, rehabilitation of the Mangla dam and alleviation of the sufferings of the victims of the Line of Control. With the liberal assistance from the federal government, the government of the AJK has initiated implementation of these projects simultaneously, he noted. He said there was a growing demand for Kashmiri handicrafts in the world market.

 

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