Can Mush­taq Min­has be a game changer in AJK pol­i­tics?

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

in­crease in the so­cial evils in the Mus­lim ma­jor­ity ter­ri­tory.

The Jammu and Kash­mir Sal­va­tion Move­ment Chair­man, Zafar Ak­bar Butt, ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence in Sri­na­gar, today, ap­pealed to the UN to take steps to help the Kash­miris in achiev­ing their in­alien­able right to self­de­ter­mi­na­tion. lead­ers. On the other hand, hun­dreds of peo­ple at Waterkhani in Drug­mulla area of Kup­wara at­tended the fu­neral prayers of the youth who were mar­tyred by In­dian troops in the district, yes­ter­day.

Peo­ple held force­ful demon­stra­tions in Is­lam­abad town, today, against armed per­son­nel of ran­sack­ing the mosque, yes­ter­day. The women ac­tivists of Kash­mir Tehreek-e-Khawa­teen led by the party Chair­per­son, Zam­ruda Habib, staged a demon­stra­tion at Press En­clave in Sri­na­gar against the con­tin­ued il­le­gal de­ten­tion of Hur­riyet lead­ers and ac­tivists.—KMS UMER ZAKA ALK of the day is up com­ing gen­eral elec tions of AJK. All par­ties started their cam­paign with full re­sources and en­er­gies. Every­one is ex­cited to see who’s go­ing to rule the state. one of the most dis­cussed and prom­i­nent name in the po­lit­i­cal sce­nario is “Mush­taq Min­has” who has not only driven the at­ten­tion of masses but also ap­pears to be a po­lit­i­cal gi­ant in a very short time. Be­fore join­ing pol­i­tics he was a renowned me­dia per­son­nel, and was known for de­liv­er­ing authen­tic news for the view­ers, in­stead of re­ly­ing on as­sump­tions and spec­u­la­tions. He has been as­so­ci­ated with dif­fer­ent renowned jour­nal­ist unions of Pak­istan.

He is also a mem­ber of fed­eral ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil of Pak­istan Fed­eral Union of Jour­nal­ist (PFUJ). He had also worked as a Pres­i­dent and Sec­re­tary of RawalpindiIs­lam­abad Press Club. Mush­taq Min­has also fought for the rights of jour­nal­ists of Pak­istan and led sev­eral protests against fir­ing of jour­nal­ists from dif­fer­ent me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tions of the country. Gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan had awarded Mush­taq Min­has “Best Re­porter Award” for his out­stand­ing and qual­ity re­port­ing dur­ing Earth­quake, in 2005.

The mo­ment he de­cided to join pol­i­tics every­one was amazed and cu­ri­ous about his de­ci­sion of leav­ing an es­tab­lished ca­reer, a seven dig­its salary for ap­par­ently noth­ing tan­gi­ble. He has a straight an­swer for that ques­tion.

He be­lieves that right now he is in a per­fect po­si­tion to con­trib­ute for the land he be­longs. Ac­cord­ing to his phi­los­o­phy he has done enough for him­self and if he doesn’t stand for the

Trights of his peo­ple he wouldn’t be able to do it again. Due to his firm be­lief on the power of his vot­ers, he is very pos­i­tive to take ini­tia­tive for the bet­ter­ment of whole AJK and his con­stituency in par­tic­u­lar.

By us­ing his per­sonal re­la­tions with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment he has started a Car­diac Cen­ter Project in Bagh apart from var­i­ous other de­vel­op­ment projects. Be­ing a me­dia per­son­nel and hav­ing good re­la­tions with fed­eral gov­ern­ment Mr Mush­taq Min­has has an edge over his po­lit­i­cal ri­vals. The other par­ties are strug­gling for their sur­vival by mak­ing al­liances. Mus­lim Con­fer­ence has made al­liance with PTI. Sim­i­larly PPP is also mak­ing seat ad­just­ments with other par­ties and can­di­dates. Nev­er­the­less they could not seem to have made a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence in chang­ing sce­nario.

Th­ese par­ties rely on tra­di­tional strate­gies of “Bradri-ism” etc. PPP has al­ready lost its cred­i­bil­ity dur­ing last five years. PTI is yet to go long way to make a po­si­tion in AJK pol­i­tics. On the other hand due to per­sonal ef­forts of Mr Mush­taq Min­has, PML(N) has been able to at­tract re­li­gious vote bank by mak­ing al­liance with Ja­maat e Is­lami. Like ex­pe­ri­enced politi­cians, Mr. Mush­taq Min­has lis­tens care­fully to all sides, to hear their ar­gu­ments and to reach a con­sen­sus.

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