Sym­bols al­lot­ted to 41 AJK po­lit­i­cal par­ties

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

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

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