ISLAMABAD, July 2 (APP): Minister for Information, Broadcasting
and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Saturday said the people
of all provinces, including AJK, had pinned hopes on the PML-N
as it was the sole political party that had been whole-heartedly
working for the development and progress of the entire country.

“None of the parties in the country can claim of carrying out
development from Khunjrab to Gwadar and rendering indiscriminate
service to the public,” he said while speaking at a function held
in honour of Syed Sarfaraz Naqvi on joining the PML-N along with
his 30 supporters.

The minister said Pakistan in 2018 when the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) completes its five years in power, would be
better as compared to 2013. The PML-N would contact the people on
the basis of its performance.

He said nobody could point the finger at the honesty and
humbleness of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and at the
cost of development works.

Pervaiz Rashid said the PML-N’s election symbol was ‘lion’
which had now become a symbol of progress in Pakistan as well as
in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). There would be equal progress and prosperity across Kohala as well as the PML-N was the only party
which was serving the common people without any discrimination.

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Serving the nation was a mission of the PML-N, he added.

He said they wanted Kashmir to keep its identity. It was
their desire that the people of Kashmir should not go abroad in
search of jobs rather they should go for higher education and
recreation activities.

The PML-N wanted to provide facilities of health, education
and employment to Kashmiris at their doorsteps, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, PM’s Special Assistant for Political
Affairs Dr Asif Kirmani welcomed Syed Sarfaraz Naqvi and his
companions into the PML-N. Time would prove that their decision
was timely and the right one, he added.

He said they had been conducting awareness campaign in the AJK
along with Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid and Minister for
Kashmir Affairs Barjees Tahir on the directives of Prime Minister
Nawaz Sharif.

He said the love and affection given by the people of AJK was
a great asset for them.

He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was disturbed as
corruption, exploitation and violation of merit were the
hallmark of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government in the AJK.

The Prime Minister desired that the Kashmiri people should not feel
of being left alone and the PML-N after coming into power, would
start a new era of progress and development in the AJK, he added.

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Dr Kirmani said the PPP leaders had plundered the national
exchequer in last five years and did nothing for the welfare of
AJK people.

He said the PML-N under the leadership of Muhammad Nawaz
Sharif had always served the people of Kashmir.

He assured that the PML-N would resolve health, education,
infrastructure and administrative issues on priority after
inception of its government in AJK.

He said the PML-N’s corruption free government in AJK
would set an example of good governance.

Syed Sarfaraz Naqvi said that he had remained associated with
the PPP for the last 30 years and worked for the welfare of masses.

The PPP government, he said, violated merit in its five-year
rule and resultantly depriving the poor people of their due rights.

He was fed up of the corrupt practices of the PPP government
and that was why he decided to join the PML-N, he added.

PML-N AJK Vice President Pir Syed Ali Raza Bukhari, Additional
Secretary General Sardar Abdul Khaliq, Sardar Naveed, Zulfikar Ali
Malik, Mushtaq Dar and Deputy Mayor Islamabad Zeeshan Naqvi and
others were also present on the occasion.