AJK general elections in deepening doldrums
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.