ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Monday announced an international airport for Mirpur and appointed PPP nominee for the Senate seat from Punjab, Aslam Gill, as his special assistant with the status of minister of state.
Addressing a public gathering near Mirpur, he said the government would allocate funds for an international airport in Mirpur in the forthcoming budget.
About the appointment of Aslam Gill, he said Gill was a very dedicated worker of the Pakistan People’s Party and had made several sacrifices for the party. “Some people ditched him in the Senate elections so I will make him my special assistant with the status of the minister of state,” he added.
He said a three-kilometre long bridge, Meran Shah, across the Mangla reservoir would cost Rs4.2 billion and would have two-kilometre long approach roads on either side. “The project scheduled to be completed in May 2013 will reduce 28 kilometres distance between Mirpur and Islamgarh to seven kilometres,” he added. The premier laid the foundation stone for the bridge.
The premier earlier inaugurated a number of mega development projects worth over Rs7 billion. He said the projects would usher in a new era of development and progress in the area. He said the Mirpur University of Sciences and Technology (MUST), Benazir Medical College and the bridge across the Mangla reservoir would go a long way in improving the living standards of the people of Pakistan.
PM Gilani said the Mangla Dam raising project would help the country meet its urgent energy needs while the federal government would provide the funds for the MUST campus, asking the Azad Kashmir government to provide land for it.
PM Gilani lauded the role of the media and announced Rs10 million for the Mirpur Press Club. He also directed an end to unscheduled loadshedding and announced the shifting of Radio Tarar Khal from Rawalpindi to Azad Kashmir.
The premier laid the foundation stone of MUST with the allocation of Rs2 billion and announced Rs70 million to make the Poonch Medical College operational. The college was established by the government of the UAE.
PM Gilani said he was invested in focusing on the reconstruction of educational and health facilities, which were badly damaged by earthquakes and devastating floods. “Love for the people of Azad Kashmir runs through the blood of every Pakistani. Our succeeding generations will remain steadfast to this relationship of love and brotherhood,” he added. PM Gilani recalled that after the devastating 2005 earthquake, Azad Kashmir had to suffer from floods that caused a cumulative loss of billions of dollars to the infrastructure.