Prime Minister Pakistan Nawaz Sharif directed for upgrading of Muzafarabad Airport and railway link with Rawalpindi
Agha Iqrar Haroon
Prime Minister Pakistan Mian Nawaz Sharif on Monday directed upgrading of Muzafarabad Airport so Boeing flights can be landed there. He announced Rawalpindi-Muzaffarabad train project for linking Muzafarabad—the capital of Pakistan held Kashmir to Rawalpindi for tourism development. He thanked Prime Minister of India who offered assistance to Pakistan to fight with situation arising after heavy floods however he said there was no need for assistance from India in presence of Pakistan.
While visiting flood-hit Rawlakot areas of Azad Kashmir, he said Kashmir is jewel of Himalayas and sub-Himalayan ranges and it must be promoted as tourism destination for providing job opportunities for youth.
While talking to media during his visit, he expressed desire for early rehabilitation of flood-hit areas. The PM told that Rawalpindi-Muzaffarabad train project would be completed in two years.
Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Azad Kashmir Chaudhry Abdul Majeed said that his government was standing with PM Sharif. Earlier, the prime minister was given a detailed briefing on the flood situation in AJK. He was informed that heavy rains had severely damaged basic infrastructure and houses. Roads and bridges have been damaged by land-sliding in different areas.
Muzaffarabad is the capital of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. It is located in Muzaffarabad District on the banks of the Jhelum and Neelum rivers. The district is bounded by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in the west, by the Kupwara and Baramulla districts of Indian administered Kashmir in the east, and the Neelum District of Azad Kashmir in the north.