AJK gen­eral elec­tions in deep­en­ing dol­drums

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR - AMEED HAHEEN

H S IS­LAM­ABAD—The con­sti­tu­tional 5-year ten­ure of the in­cum­bent govern­ment in AJK lasts till last week of com­ing June 2016. There­fore those po­lit­i­cal quar­ters of the state who are de­mand­ing an­nounce­ment of gen­eral elec­tion sched­ule are jus­ti­fied. The sched­ule is to be an­nounced by the Chief Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner Mr Jus­tice Ghu­lam Mustafa Mughal.

It is a ground fact that all state po­lit­i­cal par­ties deem the Pak­istan Mus­lim League-N AJK is a po­tent threat to their elec­toral po­si­tion. In­sid­ers say that the sit­ting govern­ment of Pak­istan Peo­ple’s Party - AJK in their in­ner mind of he minds want de­lay which they see as a spell of po­lit­i­cal gains.

On this count there runs an in­ter­nal skir­mish be­tween AJKPPP and AJK -PML-N which ex­presses bit­terly in their public meet­ings lev­el­ling hor­ren­dous charges against each other. The some­what out­wardly sober look­ing AJK Ja­maat Is­lami is nei­ther in rush nor in sus­pense; her think­ing is that when­ever gen­eral elec­tions in the state would be held, the party would con­test all the 41 seats ir­re­spec­tive of the fact that the out­come of each con­stituency very much clear to them; Elec­toral force of the Ja­maat can­not squeeze the po­lit­i­cal clout of all other par­ties. The ground com­pet­i­tive­ness edge of the Mus­lim Con­fer­ence, be­ing a state po­lit­i­cal party, at present seems short of tough elec­toral com­bat. There is a miss­ing link: had there been run­ning a full-nerve Kash­mir free­dom strug­gle in AJK and by Kash­mir refugees set­tled in Pak­istan cities/vil­lages, Mus­lim Con­fer­ence could have singly bagged a strength that could push it to power podium. Mi­nus din and noise of Kash­mir strug­gle Azad Kash­miri po­lit­i­cal fo­rums are just a mon­i­tor de­liv­ered repet­i­tive class room lessons lack­ing all the verve and fu­ture hope­ful­ness. As the over­all present po­lit­i­cal state sce­nario is in the fo­cus, Mus­lim Con­fer­ence has had wide berth in the PPP-AJK as a com­bine against PML-N and fu­ture bat­tles in-House and out-House.

JKPP is a party who had al­ready mea­sured its ge­og­ra­phy zones, but can strike an al­liance with any seen-to-win­ner party by virtue of leader Sar­dar Khalid Ibrahim.

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