MUZAFFARABAD: Minister of Planning and Development of Pakistan Ahsan Iqbal Wednesday directed authorities to complete work on the King Abdullah University in Chattar Klass in a year.
Work on the Rs5.561billion King Abdullah University started in 2011, but nearly six years on, work has still not been completed.
Iqbal, who visited the under-construction varsity on Wednesday, said that tenders in such mega projects should be issued to reputed firms and contractors.
The minister was briefed by the Azad Jammu and Kashmir University (UAJK) Vice-Chancellor Dr Khawaja Farooq Ahmad that the university was being constructed through financial support from Saudi Arabia. Iqbal assured the UAJK vice chancellor that financial issues in completing construction of the university would be resolved.
Earlier, Iqbal said that Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) is an important part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
“The region would be linked with CPEC through land routes from Mansehra to Muzaffarabad and Mirpur. It is a game-changer for the region with long term economic impacts,” Iqbal said.
The minister added that the enemies of Pakistan wer behind the current terror wave. He expressed the resolve that recent terror attacks would not break the will of the nation.
“The hand of India behind recent blasts in the country cannot be ruled out as we arrested their agents, which is ample proof of New Delhi’s involvement in subversive activities in Pakistan.”
“Our mission is a peaceful, economically stable and prosperous Pakistan,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 23rd, 2017.
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