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Finally, the work of LED flood lights in Muzaffarabad Cricket Stadium has been completed.
Six Flood light poles have been installed in stadium.

First female-dominated police station opens in AJK's Rawalakot

Tariq Naqash
October 26, 2021

IGP Azad Kashmir Dr Sohail Habib Tajik and DIG Poonch Rashid Naeem Khan pose with the staff of AJK’s first female police station in Rawalakot on Monday. — Dawn

IGP Azad Kashmir Dr Sohail Habib Tajik and DIG Poonch Rashid Naeem Khan pose with the staff of AJK’s first female police station in Rawalakot on Monday. — Dawn

MUZAFFARABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s (AJK) first female-run police station opened in Rawalakot on Monday with an aim to build confidence of women seeking redressal of any kind of injustice or legal advice.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Sohail Habib Tajik told Dawn that initially the station was provided with an 11-member team, led by Sub-Inspector Zahida Hanif as station house officer (SHO).

In response to a question, Mr Tajik said officials at the station would investigate complaints about harassment of women in workplaces or educational institutions, cyber stalking, child abuse, domestic issues mainly violence, civil issues including property disputes as well as cases in which females were the accused.

“As far as gender gap is concerned, Pakistan stands at 153rd position at the international level, with only three nations behind it. Establishment of women police stations is one step towards minimising that gap,” he said, adding that after Rawalakot, one station each would also be established in the remaining two divisional headquarters of Muzaffarabad and Mirpur.

He said even though AJK was comparatively a peaceful region, however recently an increase has been seen in incidents of crimes against women.

“These police stations will encourage women to speak and identify the patterns of crimes which they are usually hesitant to share with male officials,” he said, expressing hope that these stations will also become nerve centres for research on crimes against women.

Though the strength of policewomen in AJK is hardly 150 out of 8,000, the region saw appointment of its first female SHO in a male police station in October 2016. Then sub-inspector Shaista Hussain had held this position in Saddar Police Station Muzaffarabad for about 13 months. Currently, she is serving as chief law instructor (inspector) in Police Training School, Muzaffarabad.

Ms Jabeen Kausar, then inspector, who was abroad at that time was also appointed house officer in Hajira Police Station in Poonch, soon after her return home after two weeks. Ms Kausar was recently promoted as the first female DSP in AJK and is currently serving in Sudhnoti district as SDPO.

Published in Dawn, October 26th, 2021
Night view of the weir of 969 MW Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project located in Azad Jammu & Kashmir. The strategically important project has so far contributed 15.7 billion units of green and clean energy to the National Grid.

Jagran-II Hydropower Project (JHPP-II) – View of Powerhouse after the snowfall.



Under Construction civil works including weir, 5 km long tunnels, Surge Tank, Vertical Shafts and a Power house. The project is expected to be completed by 2022
Under construction Jagran-II HPP after heavy snow fall.
Jagran river is a tributary of Neelum River, which confluences with it at Kundal Shahi in AJ&K. A number of hydropower schemes have been identified on Jagran River out of which JHPP-I (30.4 MW) is operational and JHPP-II (48 MW) is under construction by FWO-HMC-CNTIC-BITC JV. The project is being financed by Power Development Organization AJ&K. FWO is undertaking civil works of the project which includes Weir structure, De-sander, 5Km tunnels, Surge Tank, Vertical Shafts and a Power house.
Thermoplastic Road Marking using Roadex Paint in Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir..


Jagran-II Hydropower Project (JHPP-II)

Under Construction civil works including weir, 5 km long tunnels, Surge Tank, Vertical Shafts and a Power house.

The project is expected to be completed by 2022..


Asphalt Work Toli Peer Lasdna Road Azad Kashmir New Tourist Road which will give fast and comfortable access to structural areas of District Poonch District Bagh and District Haveli..


48 MW Jaggran-II Hydropower Project

Excavation of pilot hole (2.5m dia) in Surge tank at 48 MW Jaggran-II Hydropower Project completed today.


Under Construction Jaggran II Hydropower Project - 48MW. Weir, Water Distribution Assembly and Bifurcators/Manifolds..



Concrete pouring under the Steel liner at Weir Flushing Section “Under Sluice Section”. 16mm thick Steel Liner is installed at the Weir Flushing Section of 48MW Jaggran-II Hydropower Project to resist the extensive abrasion by the sediments. Instead of pouring Abrasion Resistant Concrete, the Designer had proposed the Steel Liner on the “Weir Under Sluice Section” to precipitate the rubbing & bumping impact of large size boulders and gravels which the highly steep-sloped river channel is carrying with it.
PKR 16 billionn approved for development of 33 roads in AJK

The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Cabinet Development Committee (CDC) has approved 33 projects worth PKR 16.32 billion road projects, according to a news story published in the leading newspapers on June 12.

A meeting, chaired by Prime Minister (PM) Sardar Tanveer Ilyas, was held to review the ongoing projects of a 620-kilometre-long road network by Communications and Works (C&W) developed under the ‘Kashmir Development Package’. As per the details, 220-kilometres were approved for the southern district of Bhimber, Mirpur, and Kotli while 400-kilometres were approved for the northern districts of Neelum Valley, Sudhnoti, Haveli, Muzaffarabad, Jhelum Valley, Poonch, and Bagh.

Moreover, the meeting also approved reconditioning/construction of 30-kilometres long roads in constituencies LA-4, and LA-3 of Mirpur district and an 18-kilometre long road from Chattar Klass to Danna in district Muzaffarabad. It was also informed that the stability of land on either side of the roads will be ensured to prevent landslides. The trees will be planted on the sides of the roads as well. PM Ilyas mentioned that weighing scales will be installed on the main highways so that the overloaded vehicles will not damage the roads.

Officials from the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) were briefed on the technical issue with the 969-megawatt plant by the management of the Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project on Tuesday.
Due to a technical issue, the plant has been inactive since July 6 and the national grid’s supply of electricity has been interrupted.
Saudi Arabia Donates Rs 3 Billion For King Abdullah University Azad Kashmir

A great gesture from Saudi Arabia for educational purposes as they have donated Rs 3 Billion to King Abdullah University.

An announcement was made by the Saudi ambassador, previously they had signed an agreement under Saudi funds. The agreement was between the Saudi Embassy and the University of Kashmir.

The King Abdullah University was founded with the assistance of Saudi Arabia in 2019.
The donated amount will be used to buy educational equipment for the university.

‘Dry port’ complex project in Mirpur inaugurated

Tariq Naqash
August 25, 2022

MUZAFFARABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Barrister Sultan Mahmood and Prime Minister Sardar Tanveer Ilyas on Wednesday jointly performed the groundbreaking of the long awaited ‘dry port complex’ in Mirpur.

The dry port in the lakeside city, which is not only home to hundreds of thousands of UK based expatriates but also an industrial hub of the liberated territory, had been the demand of local and non-local importers, industrialists and traders for the past three decades and on a number of occasions in the past the federal government had shown willingness for its establishment.

However, efforts in this regard picked up momentum after Mr Ilyas took over as AJK premier some four months ago mainly because of his experience and expertise in business, investment and trade related affairs.

Mr Ilyas, a real estate tycoon whose family runs vast businesses in Pakistan as well as Saudi Arabia, had also served as adviser to the chief minister Punjab on affairs related to business, investment and trade before formally venturing into the AJK politics early last year.

According to Mirza Wajahat Rasheed Baig, AJK secretary for commerce, industry and minerals, the dry port complex is being built on a more than 110-kanals plot at an estimated cost of Rs815.8 million.

He said the prime minister had strictly directed all the departments concerned to accomplish the complex before the stipulated period of 18 months.

In his speech on the occasion, the prime minister said thathe felt relieved that this vitally important project which had been pending for the past 32 years had finally seen the light of day in his rule.

“It [establishment of the dry port] was your dream, it was our dream and it’s being translated into reality at our hands because we have a deep rooted commitment with our people,” he said to the audience amid applause.

The AJK PM asserted that the landmark project would open up new vistas of socio-economicdevelopment and employment opportunities for the Kashmiri people as well as those residing in the adjoining areas of Pakistan.

He said that an industrial zone would also be established in Mirpur which would be connected with the industrial areas of Punjab through a network of state of the art arteries.

“It will not only ease inter and intra country trade but also augment revenue generation in our state,” he said.

Announcing that an international airport would also be built in Mirpur, the AJK premier disclosed on

the occasion that a US based businessman of Kashmiri origin had also obtained the license for the liberated territory’s first international private airline.

“Since I have been an ardent advocate from the day one of tapping our rich potential for the benefit of its people, I was offered by the national institutions soon after the installation of our government that if we were willing to launch our own airliner, they will fully facilitate us in all respects,” he said.

Published in Dawn, August 25th, 2022
Chairman NEPRA Mr. Tauseef H. Farooqi visited Gulpur Hydropower Project (102MW)..


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