COLONEL (RETIRED) GULZAR SUDOZAI SAHIB (A RESIDENT OF AZAD KASHMIR) ASSERTS THAT WE MUST RE-DESIGNATE AZAD KASHMIR PRESIDENT AS GOVERNOR AND PRIME MINISTER AS CHIEF MINISTER:
AJk and under Development. AJk is just less than 60 kilometers from Islamabad. Rawalpindi has longest border with Ajk. Three main arteries into AJk emanate from Rawalpindi. The other two main arteries enter from Jhelum and Mansehra.
Rawalpindi has one of best road system in Pakistan after Lahore, less the areas linking AJK. The roads beyond Kahuta are really pathetic. Tehsil Murree and Kahuta have similar landscape as that of Poonchh, but there is vast difference in roads network and quality. If Murree can have best roads, so can AJk have.The AJk people due to primitive communications, lack of quality schools and quality health services, are shifting to Punjab at rapid speed.
The Ajk government itself is mostly seen in Islamabad. The government officers have Prados but roads are terrible. This is high time that a serious development initiative is taken to bring AJk at par with adjacent districts of Punjab. As AJk has no representation in the National Assembly and the Senate so, we have no voice here. AJk has a President and a PM. This looks ridiculous. The president and the PM are under Ministry of Kashmir Affairs. We must remove this analogy and re designates AJK president as Governor and Pm as CM. We must also legally incorporate AJK into Pakistan and give representation in the Shoora. The deprivations of last 70 years are affecting the psyche of masses and this anomaly must be removed.