AJK elec­tions to be held un­der Army su­per­vi­sion

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

MIRPUR (AJK)—The Prime Min­is­ter of Azad Jammu & Kash­mir Ch. Ab­dul Ma­jeed said here on Mon­day that sched­uled July 21 gen­eral elec­tions in Azad Jammu Kash­mir will be held un­der the su­per­vi­sion of army. Ad­dress­ing news con­fer­ence at the Prime Min­is­ter House in Mirpur, Ma­jeed said that the forth­com­ing AJK Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly sched­uled to be held next are of ex­cep­tional im­por­tance in the back­drop of the Kash­mir free­dom strug­gle. He said that these elec- tions should be held in ab­so­lutely free, fair and trans­par­ent man­ner in view of their ex­cep­tional im­por­tance.

Ch. Ma­jeed cat­e­gor­i­cally de­clared that Ch. Muham­mad Ashraf will be the can­di­date of the rul­ing PPP from Mirpur City LA-III con­stituency. Whereas Raja Im­tiaz will be the can­di­date of the party from Bhimb­her City elec­toral con­stituency in the elec­tions. The Prime Min­is­ter cat­e­gor­i­cally dis­pelled the im­pres­sion and ru­mors, fanned by some quar­ters, about re­ported skip­ping off the party’s can­di­da­ture by its nom­i­nee Ch. Muham­mad Ashraf af­ter re­cent se­ri­ous dif­fer­ences with the Prime Min­is­ter (Ch. Ab­dul Ma­jeed) house.

Sources close to Ch. Ashraf, it may be added, had, ear­lier, al­legedly aired ru­mors about re­turn­ing of the party ticket by Ch. Muham­mad Ashraf to con­test the elec­tion as in­de­pen­dent can­di­date as a protest against the in­dif­fer­ent and in­sin­cere at­ti­tude of the AJK Prime Min­is­ter to­wards his elec­tion cam­paign as the can­di­date of the PPP from Mirpur City con­stituency.

The Prime Min­is­ter said that his govern­ment was fully co­op­er­at­ing with Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of the State to en­sure hold­ing of the Sched­uled AJK Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly elec­tions in free, fair and trans­par­ent man­ner. The AJK Pre­mier said that his govern­ment be­lieved in trans­parency in democ­racy and will not let any group or party to hijack the public man­date in the polls.—APP

ISLAMABAD: PPP Se­na­tor Aitzaz Ah­san ad­dress­ing a joint party press con­fer­ence. Chief of AML Sheikh Rashid and PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi also present.

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