AJK PM lays foundation stone of free-of-cost housing project for poor


Prime Minister of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan laid the foundation stone of a free-of-cost housing project for the heirs of martyrs, poor and orphan children and families. 

The housing project is the first of its kind in AJK, and it was developed in collaboration with the Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust (KORT). This initiative will build separate colonies of 500 houses in Azad Kashmir’s four districts of Neelam, Kotli, Bagh, and Mirpur. 

The initiative will be a joint effort between the KROT and the AJK government, with each bearing an equal share of the costs. 

 Furthermore, it was announced that the aforementioned homes will be distributed evenly based on the government’s assessment, while priority will be given to families of martyrs killed in shelling along the Line of Control (LoC). the premier also announced the development of protective bunkers along the LOC to protect people from intentional violations of the ceasefire. 

He noted that the initiatives were started by the government to honor the contributions of martyrs to the land. 

It must be noted that the AJK is an autonomous region of Pakistan, having its own political structure and distinct character. This housing project is also the state’s first attempt to provide people with housing. 

In addition, last month, a commercial helicopter flight service was launched by President Dr. Arif Alvi in Bagh to promote tourism in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). 

President Alvi stated at the launch ceremony of the helicopter flight service ‘Kashmir Air’ that AJK had been blessed with enormous tourism potential because of its abundant natural splendor. He requested the private sector to steer the region’s tourism development. 

The president, during his visit to AJK, advised the government to develop and implement advanced tourism-friendly policies that will attract private sector investment and promote sustainable and environmentally friendly tourism.