AJK can be turned into engine of growth, productivity for region: President Masood

Published: November 18, 2019
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AJK President Sardar Masood Khan. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

AJK President Sardar Masood Khan. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

MUZAFFARABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan said on Sunday that the state government well-focused on good governance, rule of law and access to justice in order to transform the liberated territory into one of the most developed regions.

“It was our ambition to transform Azad Kashmir into an engine of growth and productivity for Pakistan and the entire region,” he said.

In a message, read out at the conference titled “International Conference on Modern Trends in Social and Management Research” organised by University of Kotli, the AJK president said that the state government is heavily and rapidly investing in infrastructure development, hydro-power generation, quality education, universal access to health, tourism, industry and agriculture.

While referring AJK as one of the most beautiful places in the world, President Masood said: “It is a part of the paradise on earth and Kotli is a nugget of a city nestled in the valleys and mountains.”

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He added: “Azad Kashmir has rich geographical landscapes. Snow capped mountains, glaciers, rivers, natural springs, valleys and forests, flora and fauna and biodiversity – enrich and adorn our land.”

He also said that the most precious asset “we have is our people – strong, sturdy, resolute and talented”.

“They [Kashmiris] are scaling new educational heights in the five public sector universities, scores of postgraduate colleges and a vast network of primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. We have the highest educational score in the whole of Pakistan.”

After being impressed by the wide range of themes of the conference encompassing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), sustainable development, e-commerce, marketing, micro-financing, banking, eco-tourism and hospitality in the liberated territory, President Masood said that AJK universities have also started teaching new technologies such as machine learning, automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, cloud computing, Big Data and biotechnology.

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“These technologies would help us attain leapfrog development and become part of the regional and international supply chains”, he added.

While addressing students, the AJK president said that they are the architects of the future of Pakistan and the liberated territory. “Therefore, they should expand their knowledge from this conference and play their part in making this world peaceful, secure and prosperous.”

The conference was attended by dignitaries from all over the world including key speakers Patrick Hanks, professor of Lexicography, UK; Ms Catherine, Enviro, activist, South Africa; and Paul Hildebrand from Germany.

University of Kotli Vice Chancellor Dilnawaz Gardezi welcomed all the delegates.

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