German Ambassador to Pakistan Martin Kobler called on Azad Jammu and Kashmir president, Sardar Masood Khan at Awain-i- Sadr here on Tuesday.
The ambassador told the AJK president about the German government supported projects in different parts of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir. The projects include improvement of health sector, disaster risk reduction and vocational training.
Matin Kobler had travelled Muzaffarabad to launch German supported blood bank for thalesssemia patients. The center was set up at Abbas Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS).
The AJK President while apprising the ambassador about the priorities of AJK government in socio-economic development of the state said that AJK with its abundant water resources is especially focusing on the production of renewable energy from its rivers and had completed Neelum Jehlum Hydropower Generation project recently while development work on other mega projects is underway.
He said that power generation sector is one of the prime focuses of the government to overcome the energy crisis in the country followed by the development of roads infrastructure to connect different parts of the state.
He said improvement in health service delivery system, especially in remote areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir is another important priority of the government.
The state government, he added, needs ambulances, fire tenders and resources for the establishment of health units and ambulances in the areas located along the Line of Control to provide immediate medical help to those in need in order to minimize the fatalities routinely caused by cross LoC shelling and other accidents.
The president further told that AJK has huge potential to develop its tourism and agriculture sector and government is taking steps to promote tourism and develop the horticulture and floriculture.
The president said AJK being most beautiful region with mesmerizing natural beauty, hospitable climate and low crimes can easily be turned into a tourist paradise.
After completion of Neelum Jehlum Hydropower generation project, development work is under way on severalother projects that will significantly help Pakistan to overcome its energy crisis. The president said that now AJK and Pakistan government together were factoring in environment impacts at the planning and designing stage of all the projects.
About education, President Khan said AJK with highest literacy rate has achieved targets of quantity in education but quality in this sector remains a major challenge. The government, he said, is striving hard to improve the quality to bring standard of education at par with international standards.
President Masood also appraised German envoy about deteriorating human rights situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and incessant oppression in Kashmir which has resulted in the death of thousands of people in recent years. He said that thousands of people mostly youth have lost their eyesight due to the use of lethal pellet guns.
The German ambassador showed keen interest in technological education which could supplement curricula at the secondary and tertiary level. The president said that German modal of education immensely help educators in AJK and Pakistan.
Kobler also discussed in detail the whole chain of solid waste management and ways to fight off pollution and environment degradation. He said that Germany purchases garbage to use it for manufacturing the different products and in this regard its experience and know how could help planners in AJK too.