If graft proved against me, I will leave pol­i­tics: Yaqoob

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

HAMEED SHAHEEN ISLAMABAD—AJK Pres­i­dent Sar­dar Mo­ham­mad Yaqoob Khan has of­fered him­self for ac­count­abil­ity say­ing if any cor­rup­tion is proved against him he will aban­don pol­i­tics. I feel my po­lit­i­cal role is a pub­lic trust. I was elected as an in­de­pen­dent mem­ber assem­bly, later be­came prime min­is­ter and now wield­ing the of­fice of pres­i­dent of the State, he stated Tues­day dur­ing his ad­dress to the party work­ers at Rawalakot.

He prayed for the early restora­tion of health to Prime Min­is­ter of Pak­istan Mo­ham­mad Nawaz Sharif. I have a good rap­port with him, he added.

Analysing the po­lit­i­cal par­a­digm of AJK vis-a-vis com­ing gen­eral elec­tions he predicted that the elec­toral al­liance be­tween Mus­lim Con­fer­ence and PTI-AJK would pave way for the re­turn of AJK-PPP to power. He asked the par­lia­men­tary op­po­si­tion in AJK to de­sist from lev­el­ling false charges against him, declar­ing that he was ready to un­dergo full ac­count­abil­ity process and if any charge is proved against him he would leave pol­i­tics.

I deem po­lit­i­cal of­fices as trust of the peo­ple and I have never let the pres­tige of these of­fices down in any stage of po­lit­i­cal life, he added.

He re­minded his au­di­ence that those make tall claims could not set up a sin­gle uni­ver­sity in AJK. But I dur­ing four years pe­riod es­tab­lished four var­si­ties, four higher ed­u­ca­tion cam­puses and three med­i­cal col­leges and con­structed Rs. seven bil­lion road com­mu­ni­ca­tions project in Poonch dis­trict alone be­sides Haveli Ex­press­way, ex­pan­sion in Rawalakot air­port and sev­eral other lat­eral projects, he as­serted.

He said that he pro­jected the case of Kash­mir at the global level. He ad­dressed four times the United Na­tions ses­sion on Kash­mir, led sev­eral pro-Kash­mir protests in New York be­fore UNO.

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