Sultan seeks support for AJK PM post
9 April 2006
The Daily Times
Islamabad: Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry, the opposition leader in Azad Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Assembly, has sought the support of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML) to become AJK prime minister in the upcoming elections. Sources close to the barrister and PML leadership told Daily Times that the AJK assembly’s opposition leader wanted to form a new party in AJK with the support of the PML. Sources said that in a recent meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, Barrister Sultan had said that he would win the elections if he was backed by the ruling party. He claimed to have the support of 12 members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) of AJK. During the meeting, Barrister Sultan assured the Punjab chief minister that around 38 important Kashmiri politicians would join his party, which would increase the chances of the party winning the majority seats in the assembly. Sources said the chief minister had assured Barrister Sultan that the PML would consider supporting him in the next general elections. The elections are scheduled in July 2006. The barrister decided to leave the AJK chapter of the Pakistan People’s Party and form his new party after differences developed between the barrister and Jehangir Badar, the secretary general of PPP. The barrister had written a letter to Benazir Bhutto, signed by 12 MLAs, asking her to direct Badar not to interfere in the PPP AJK chapter.