Can Mushtaq Minhas be a game changer in AJK politics?
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.