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December 12, 2014

Pakistan to respond positively if India takes lead: Nawaz

 
December 12, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday that Pakistan would give a positive response if India took the lead in resuming the stalled dialogue process.
He expressed these views during his meeting with Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, who called on him here. Chief Secretary Abid Ali also accompanied the AJK prime minister to the meeting.
Nawaz Sharif assured the AJK government of making the valley a loadshedding-free zone. He also promised to announce a health package for the AJK, settling the tariff issues and addressing the concerns of people affected by the Mangla Dam.
Nawaz Sharif also asserted that all the issues of the AJK would be resolved on priority basis.Chaudhry Abdul Majeed raised the issue of extended and unscheduled power suspension in AJK and asked the federal government to give the administrative powers of the allocated 350MW of electricity to the AJK government, so that it could manage unhindered provision of power to all the districts of the state.
The AJK prime minister emphasised the implementation of electricity allotted quota, opertionalisation of Tararkhal-Azadpatan and Mangla-Kolti transmission lines and bringing the water user charges of Neelum Jehlum project at par with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
Nawaz Sharif affirmed that all the funds would be released while lifting the ban of Pakistan Finance Division, along with an unhindered provision of power to AJK. He also accepted the invitation to visit AJK in the last week of December. Ch Abdul Majeed thanked Nawaz Sharif for taking a keen interest in the development of AJK.
Later, in a high-level meeting, the federal government decided to declare AJK as a loadshedding-free zone with an assurance of providing the state with the required 350MW of electricity, equaling to KP the water user charges of Neelum-Jehlum project and giving AJK administrative powers of the allotted electricity. The decisions were taken in a meeting attended by AJK

Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed and Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif.
Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif directed the federal secretary water and power to resolve the issues of the AJK government as per their demands as soon as possible. The federal secretary suggested that the administrative powers of the allotted 350MW of electricity should be handed over to the AJK government. He further suggested to the AJK government to constitute a board to take the administrative control of the said power. The meeting agreed upon the suggestion.
The federal minister asked the federal secretary to arrange the next meeting in consultation with Minister for Kashmir Affairs and others so that these issues of the AJK government could be settled at the earliest possible time.