March 2004 News

Hayat vows to settle Muslim Conference infighting amicably

4 March 2004
The Daily Times
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MUZAFFARABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan has said that political differences within the ruling Muslim Conference leadership would be amicably resolved.Talking to reporters after chairing a high level meeting at the Prime Minister's Secretariat here on Thursday, Mr Hayat, who has been facing political crisis after four members of his cabinet resigned, said that he had not received the ministers resignations as yet, but he would accept them upon receiving them and induct new ministers into the cabinet. Mr Hayat said that he wanted a solution to the issue and welcomed a no- trust move against him. But the move would be through a show of hands and not through a secret ballot, he added. Earlier, Mr Hayat reviewed and discussed the overall development activities and the emerging political situation in the wake of resignations by four ministers in the meeting. The meeting was attended by AJK Chief Secretary Shahid Rafi, cabinet members excluding the resigning ministers, who have submitted their resignation to the head of the ruling Muslim conference Sardar Muhammad Abdul Qayyum Khan.The AJK cabinet meeting that was scheduled to be held on Thursday has been postponed till today (Friday).In Mirpur, Captain (r) Muhammad Sarfraz Khan, central chief organiser of the Muslim Conference, said on Thursday that both sides should allow the 32-member parliamentary party of the Muslim Conference (MC) to choose, through secret ballot, the leader of the house to end the ongoing political chaos and infighting in the party.Mr Sarfraz said that the result of the nomination should be acceptable to both sides in the ongoing tug of war between Prime Minister Sardar Sikander Hayat Khan and the MC chief Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan besides all other members of the MC parliamentary party. 'This is the only way to save the party from splitting and keeping it in power,' said Mr Sarfraz. He observed that if the ongoing unrest was followed by the permanent split of the MC parliamentary party, the party might lose power as a result of the dissolution of the legislative assembly and the imposition of presidential rule. However, he ruled out the possibility of the opposition taking advantage of the current party crisis. None of the two groups would form a coalition government with the help of opposition legislators, he added. -APP


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