Majeed urges parties to keep Kashmir atop manifestos

AJK Prime Minister Ch Abdul Majeed claimed that he was confident that all the elected members of both houses of the AJK: the Legislative Assembly and the AJK Council, held valid and genuine educational certificates.

"Despite this we are ready anytime to get educational certificates of Azad Jammu and Kashmir parliamentarians verified from competent authority", Majeed said while responding to questions from journalists during his sudden visit to the Kashmir Press Club here.

He was accompanied by senior officials of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir government including officials of the Mirpur division administration.

To a question about reported verification of degrees of outgoing parliamentarians of Pakistan, the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister pointed out that the current elected AJK Legislative Assembly houses about 75 percent members possessing the degrees of law-graduation.

"Whereas the rest of 25 percent of the elected members of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir assembly and the Council also qualifies the minimum qualification of matriculation", he added.

It may be added at matriculation is the minimum qualification for a candidate for stepping into the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly through the elections. Currently 49-seat AJK Assembly was elected through June 26, 2011 elections to 29 seats meant of Azad Jammu & Kashmir 12 seats meant for Pakistan-based Jammu & Kashmir refugees.

Seeking early peaceful solution of Kashmir issue, the Azad Jammu and Kashmir PM said that all political forces contesting the forthcoming May 11 general elections in the country had been requested to keep the importance of early settlement of Kashmir issue atop the agenda of their respective electoral manifestos in the polls.

Majeed said many of the heads of national political parties had been consulted in this connection. Ch Majeed said that early settlement of Kashmir issue would lead to the emergence of ever-lasting peace in South Asia.

He said that all the Kashmiri political parties from both sides of the Line of Control including the APHC and recognised political groups had been brought on-board with unanimous stance on one point agenda of early grant of the right to self-determination to the people of Jammu & Kashmir. "All leadership was agreed to this agenda", he said.

The Azad Jammu and Kashmir PM said that the Pakistani President had accepted the invitation of AJK government to address the joint session of AJK Legislative Assembly and the AJK Council in the near future to reiterate solidarity with the people of Jammu & Kashmir.