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PM announces to visit AJK, emphasizes dialogue to resolve issues

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has announced to visit Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) in a few days to personally review the ground situation and promote the tendency of resolving issues at the dialogue table.

Chairing the Federal Cabinet here in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said Kashmir is the jugular vein of Pakistan as declared by the founder of Pakistan, and maintaining law and order there is the top priority.

Shehbaz Sharif said the Federal Government, in consultation with all stakeholders, including President Asif Ali Zardari, Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Chaudhry Anwar-ul-Haq, and others immediately, decided to meet all the demands of the people of Azad Kashmir, who were running a protest movement in the area.

He said the federal government pledged to provide 23 billion rupees to meet the urgent needs of the people of AJK. He said now the protest movement has been called off.

Shehbaz Sharif commended the Azad Kashmir Government for demonstrating restraint, foiling nefarious designs of the elements, who intend to sabotage the situation under the pretext of protests.

He also thanked President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Azad Kashmir as well as the leadership of AJK chapters of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan People’s Party for their cooperation in resolving the issue amicably.