ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari Saturday asked the government to sort out issues relating to the settlement of Mangla Dam affectees on priority basis and step up efforts in this regard. In a meeting with Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Yaqoob Khan, who called on him at Aiwan-e-Sadr, the President took notice of the issue, saying that he would advise the federal govt to assign Chairman WAPDA to ensure speedy rehabilitation of the affectees, says a press release. The President also advised the Advisor Finance to remove the difficulties in the release of the development funds to AJK and expedite the same particularly with respect to development of the New Mirpur City and four other townships. President Zardari said that Pakistan has always been committed to extend political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir in their struggle for the right of their self-determination. Qamar-uz-Zaman Kaira, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas was also present during the meeting. AJK premiere discussed with the President the economic development projects and latest political situation in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The President inquired from him the status of the various development projects in AJK particularly those relating to the rehabilitation of Mangla Dam affectees and the development of New Mirpur City. The President said that he would like to have regular progress report about the various development projects in AJK. Praising the Kashmir policy of Pakistan, the AJK Prime Minister hoped that it would help move forward the process of dialogue between India and Pakistan regarding the Kashmir issue.