Symbols allotted to 41 AJK political parties
ISLAMABAD—AJK State Election Commission has allotted electoral symbols to 41 political parties of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The AJK Election Commission sources told APP here on Saturday that prominent major political parties among them included Pakistan Muslim League (N) AJK chapter (Lion), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf AJK Chapter (Bat), AJK chapter of Jamaat-e-Islami ( Scale), Pakistan Peoples Party AJK Branch (Arrow), Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Party (Sword), Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (Deer), Muttahida Qoumi Movement (Kite) and others.
Besides, the AJK Election Commission has also allotted electoral symbols to the hundreds of the independent candidates in the run to contest for elections to 41 seats of 49-member AJK Legislative Assembly.
In a contrast with rival PPP and PTI, the ruling PML-N is regaining its ground in the election campaign for 49 AJK Legislative Assembly polls scheduled for July 21. Amid the intense electoral battle, PTI has inflicted a serious blow on PPP by wooing away its three important ministers and other electable members.
This has raised the hopes of the PML-N to win the elections with majority seats. The ruling party PML-N has decided to contest the forthcoming elections for 49-seat Legislative Assembly of Azad Jammu Kashmir without any electoral alliance after its failure to win over crucial support of the Muslim Conference. The PML-N’s decision follows its efforts to woo former AJK Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan, head of the Muslim Conference that enjoys significant public support.
The Muslim Conference, has also decided to contest the election without giving up its traditional constituencies and also making efforts to make seat adjustments with political parties other than the PML-N. The PMLN has constituted an 18member Parliamentary headed by PM Nawaz quite earlier which prompted other players including the ruling PPP and PTI to kick of their election campaigns.
The PPP suffered serious setback when the rival PTI wooed away three of its ministers and few other electable members and awarded them PTI tickets. PTI blames PPP for corruption and seems quite confident to win majority seats. PTI leaders also claimed it enjoyed the supports of other smaller political groups.—DNA