Excerpt from report by Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) news agency
Muzaffarabad, 28 October: AJK [Azad Jammu Kashmir] President Sardar Muhammad Anwar Khan Friday [28 October] said that radio is playing a pivotal role in fostering the cause of relief and rehabilitation in the quake-affected areas.
He said this during a visit to Azad Kashmir Radio Muzaffarabad here following resumption of its regular transmission. The radio station was destroyed in the recent earthquake and it was operationalized on FM-101 with installation of a new transmitter. Sardar Muhammad Anwar praised the efforts made by Director General PBC [Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation] Tariq Imam and the staff of Radio Pakistan to make the radio station operational.
The AJK president said Azad Kashmir Radio Muzaffarabad is serving the Kashmiri people in this hour of trial with dedication and devotion and providing them information about relief and rescue operations.
He pointed out that at a time when other communication means were badly disturbed, radio was almost the only source of information for the people of AJK.
In this connection, the AJK president appreciated the initiative of Radio Pakistan and Radio Muzaffarabad for opening radio helplines, which are serving as a bridge between affected people and the relief and rehabilitation authorities.
Sardar Muhammad Anwar remained on air live for about an hour and received several calls on helpline of Radio Muzaffarabad. The listeners informed him about their needs and assistance being received by them. [Passage omitted]
(Source: Associated Press of Pakistan news agency, Islamabad, in English 1654 gmt 28 Oct 05 via BBC Monitoring)