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Pakistan can't afford 'politics of negativity' anymore: PM Nawaz

12 September, 2014

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FORWARD KAHUTA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif warned on Thursday that the country cannot afford negativity in politics and stressed for adopting a constructive attitude. He termed the politics of sit-ins an impediment to the country's development and progress.

In his address to a public gathering in Haveli, the prime minister expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in rain-related incidents and prayed for early rehabilitation of the affected families. He urged philanthropists to contribute for the noble cause and announced that areas of Forward Kahuta and Haveli would be connected with Rawalakot through a road.

Prime Minister Nawaz announced establishment of a university in Haveli and launch of a cellular service after finalisation of its feasibility. "We will herald an era of ideal development in AJK," Nawaz Sharif remarked. On the request of the locals, the prime minister announced to visit the area again after work on development projects starts.

He directed a meeting of Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) to complete the unfinished projects in AJK. He also reiterated his government's plan to establish the first-ever rail link between Islamabad and Muzaffarabad, the feasibility study of which is underway.

AJK Chief Secretary Khizer Hayat Gondal briefed the prime minister on the devastation caused by rains and floods. The meeting was informed that the basic infrastructure of Neelum-Jhelum power project was not affected by floods while the Muzaffarabd-Chakothi road was partially closed. As many as 15 large and 175 small bridges were affected and the bus service to Indian-occupied Kashmir was suspended due to heavy rains. Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs Barjees Tahir, PML-N leader Raja Farooq Haider and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Saeed Aleem were also present.

During his visit to Forward Kahuta and Haveli, the prime minister visited the areas where flash floods wrecked havoc. He was accompanied by AJK's President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan and Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed. This was the second visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the flood-hit areas of AJK in a week. Previously, he visited Rawalakot to review relief activities.

Nawaz expressed solidarity with the affected people and said the federal government would collaborate with the AJK government in carrying out relief work.

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