Haji Inayat Ali, president of the youth wing of Islamia School Kargil Wednesday joined the Peoples Democratic Party. He was welcomed into the party fold by party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Party chief spokesperson, Naeem Akhtar, Molvi Imran Raza Ansari and senior leader and legislator Abdul Haq Khan were present.
Haji Inayat has a long association with the prestigious Islamic School, an established seminary known for religious instruction. He is a noted social activist and a prominent citizen and businessman of Kargil.
Welcoming Haji Inayat into the party, Mufti said his joining the PDP is an acknowledgement of the increasing popularity of the party in all the three regions of the state. He recalled the historic steps taken by the PDP led government to empower Kargil to give its development a much needed boost.
Mufti said the party would vigorously peruse the development agenda for Kargil region along with other areas and would focus on improving connectivity of Ladakh region.
He said the execution of Zojilla tunnel has been delayed but he would stress the concerned ministry to start work on this crucial project urgently and from both sides to complete it in minimum time.
Mufti said the expansion needs for Kargil town need to be tackled with understanding and compassion as the population there is feeling squeezed in a sense of flat lands. He said a land rationalisation effort will have to be made and if the PDP gets a decisive mandate in Assembly elections, this problem would be addressed on priority.
Referring to significant tourism potential of Kargil district, Mufti said it has remained untapped and the infrastructure projects started by previous coalition have been abandoned. “These projects will be revived and Kargil and Zanaskar along with entire Ladakh region will be inverted into a tourism hub”, he added.
Mufti said the huge horticulture possibilities in Kargil have remained under exploited.
He said the traditional farming practices have never been upgraded with the result that the growers don’t receive adequate returns of their produce. He said food preservation technology will be introduced in the region in a mission mode to ensure better income to farmers, especially the apricot growers.