PML-N, JKPPP agree to con­tinue elec­toral al­liance

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

HAMEED SHA­HEEN ISLAMABAD—Talks here late Thurs­day be­tween Dr Asif Kir­mani, Spe­cial Po­lit­i­cal As­sis­tant to Prime Min­is­ter of Pak­istan and Sar­dar Khalid Ibrahim, Pres­i­dent JKPP, suc­ceeded in con­tin­u­ing po­lit­i­cal al­liance be­tween their po­lit­i­cal par­ties. Kir­mani later in­di­cated that his party could also strike un­der­stand­ing with other like minded par­ties on seats ad­just­ment for­mula, but did not elab­o­rate.

In a state­ment Dr Kir­mani clar­i­fied that his talks with Sar­dar Khalid Ibrahim were pos­i­tive. It was de­cided that this two-party al­liance would con­tinue also in forth­com­ing AJK gen­eral elec­tions. How­ever, other re­lated mat­ters are to be fi­nal­ized for which a six-mem­ber com­mit­tee from both sides has been con­sti­tuted on spot. The com­mit­tee com­prises Shah Ghu­lam Qadir, Dr Na­jib Naqi and Pir Syed Ali Raza Bukhari from PML-N, and Syed Nishat Kazmi, Jus­tice re­tired Sar­dar Nawaz and Zahid Akram ad­vo­cate from JKPP.

The com­mit­tee would meet soon to set­tle nitty gritty of the elec­to­rial al­liance. With other po­lit­i­cal par­ties hav­ing pos­i­tive views would also be made ar­range­ment for seat to seat ad­just­ment, Kir­mani said.

Mean­while, there ap­pears in­tense elec­toral heat among po­lit­i­cal par­ties of AJK. Mus­lim Con­fer­ence headed by Sar­dar At­tique Ahmed Khan and PTI led by Bar­ris­ter Sul­tan Mah­mood Chaudhry have al­ready en­tered into polls agree­ment. Azad Kash­miri youth seem very en­thu­si­as­tic and as­sertive to de­liver their youth­ful strength in the com­ing polls to be held on July 21, 2016.

Keep­ing the past ground ex­pe­ri­ences, elec­tion of any tier whether lo­cal or or Assem­bly are fought on the ba­sis of bi­raderi/ clans. Al­though to some ex­tent it is also a pat­tern of pos­i­tivism but it has shat­tered the so­cial uni­tari­ness in the State which can be fu­ture force for use in the on­go­ing Kash­mir strug­gle in oc­cu­pied Kash­mir.The peo­ple of oc­cu­pied have fo­cused their eyes on the out­come July 21, 2016, gen­eral elec­tions in Azad Kash­mir. AJK is a moral strength for them, a voice to raise their woes at the re­gional and in­ter­na­tional level.

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