MUZAFFARABAD, March 9: Former MNA and PML-N leader Marvi Memon has called for representation of Azad Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) in the Council of Common Interests (CCI) so that the two regions could properly plead and protect their stakes.
The demand came from her at a reception organised in her honour by the AJK chapter of PML-N here on Friday. Earlier, Ms Marvi, who has recently joined the PML-N, was brought to the AJK capital from the border town of Kohala in a big caravan of zealous party workers.
Marvi struck the chord with almost everyone by taking strong exception to the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (Erra) for its poor performance in rehabilitation and reconstruction of earthquake affected people and areas.
She announced that she would stage a sit-in against “Erra`s corruption” over which she had also recently filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
“Earlier, mine was a lone voice against the injustices to the survivors of the devastating earthquake but now I have my valiant PML-N brothers along my side,” she boasted, expressing the hope that the apex court would hold all those accountable who had plundered the money meant for rehabilitation and reconstruction.
Regarding her decision to join the PML-N, Ms Marvi said she had joined a party which had a clear stand on policy issues and earnestly wanted to bring about real change in the country.
Accusing Pakistan People`s Party (PPP) of “crossing the last limits of corruption”, she said: “The party which has grabbed power in AJK through rigging should tell what it has done for the amelioration of masses in the region?”
She also underlined the need for amendments in AJK`s Interim Constitution Act 1974 so as to empower the region`s government.
In this regard, she also referred to a constitutional reforms committee announced by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani during his Muzaffarabad visit in October 2009 and asked that what had happened of that committee?
“Those who frequently talk about federation, 18th amendment and autonomy (to provinces) should tell what they have given to AJK,” she questioned.
Paying rich tributes to the people of Indian held Kashmir for their heroic struggle for freedom, she made it clear that the PML-N would not allow sell-out of Kashmir and continue to support the just cause of Kashmiris.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Haider welcomed Ms Marvi in the ranks of PML-N and thanked her for her outright support to the rights of Kashmiris.
He recalled that Marvi had traveled to the most difficult areas of AJK along the Line of Control (LoC), such as Neelum Valley and Chakothi sector which reflected her commitment with and affection for this region and its people.