The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) government has raised the minimum wages of unskilled workers from Rs7,000 to Rs9,000 per month. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting which was presided over by Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed here on Thursday.
Minister of Education for Colleges Matloob Inqilabi and the Minister for Food Javed Bhudanvi briefed the media about the cabinet meeting decisions.
They said the cabinet has also approved the big city status for Kotli and Palandhri with the establishment of two information technology (IT) universities.
The cabinet also discussed the blasphemy issue reported a couple of weeks ago here, saying there was no such an issue except a “bid to harm Pakistan-China relations.”
The ministers said the cabinet had decided to double the house rent of ministers from Rs25,000 to Rs 55,000.
“The cabinet also approved the Azad Kashmir Privatiaation Commission Ordinance enabling government to use the all open government land in different districts of Azad Kashmir,” the ministers added. The ministers said the AJK government is committed to rehabilitate the Kashmiri refugees who crossed the Line of Control (LoC) in 1990s. They would be given National Identity Cards (NICs) to get the benefits equal to the citizen of Azad Kashmir to live normal life wherever they want to live in AJK and Pakistan.
The cabinet in a resolution condemned the human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir.
The ministers said the cabinet, through another resolution, condemned the execution of Muhammad Afzal Guru and the killing of a Pakistani prisoner, Sanaullah, in a Jammu jail by an Indian army soldier.
The cabinet congratulated Nawaz Sharif on his party’s success in general elections and hoped that the incoming government will form a Kashmir-centric foreign policy to settle this simmering issue as per the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Azad Kashmir cabinet also posed confidence in Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and President Asif Ali Zardari.
The cabinet also expressed deep sorrows on the Gujrat van accident in which innocent children were died.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 31st, 2013.