Thursday, 13 October 2011

Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani in Dadyal Azad Kashmir

Sameer Hussain (Dadyal Online): Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani visited the city of Dadyal on Thursday 13th October 2011. On the same day, he inaugurated the new Dhangali Bridge. A lot of Dadyal Bazaar was closed down for security reasons and local businesses were shut down for the visit. Public opinion is divided on the visit, on one hand people feel that the visit has been over hyped, a lot of money has been wasted and the event has disrupted local businesses.

On the positive side, a lot of projects have been announced, which is a step in the right direction. A Cadet College in Dadyal is good news because it will encourage the young generation to get involved in something productive, help them to learn discipline and become role models. An Information Technology University in Kotli is great news, especially considering the popularity of technology in the region which is always increasing given the advent of mobile internet as well as wireless broadband technology. Qualifications in technology will place students in a good position, whether they choose to go abroad for work or search for employment within Pakistan. 

A separate desk at Islamabad International Airport (Benazir Bhutto International) for the people of Azad Kashmir sounds like an interesting idea, though some people regard this as an excuse for the Airport authorities to carry out more rigorous checking at both arrivals and departures. 

A gas line has also been promised at some point in the future which has been welcomed by locals. However, given that Pakistan is facing power and gas shortages, such promises are being doubted at this stage. 

The people of Dadyal, in particular the supporters of Chaudhary Afsar Shahid (Minister of Dadyal) will see this as a great day in the history of Dadyal. A Pakistani Prime Minister visiting Dadyal and demonstrating not only with words but also with proposed plans and actions that Dadyal is important, as well as Azad Kashmir and the Kashmir issue, is almost like a dream coming true.  

Many people will be relieved that we finally have a new and much safer bridge at Dhangali, the long wait is finally over and it's an occasion to celebrate. One must express gratitude to all the Chinese Engineers and construction workers that have worked hard to make this project a reality.

News Article written by Sameer Hussain
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