June 2006 News

Sikandar Hayat retires from politics

16 June 2006
The Nation
Abdul Rashid Malik

Muzaffarabad: Sardar Sikandar Hayat Prime Minister Azad Kashmir has announced his final decision to retire from politics and not to contest elections leaving the constituency to his younger brother Sardar Naeem Ahmad Khan.. He made this announcement before a large number of his party workers and friends including lady workers. They had tried their utmost to make him withdraw his decision during their meeting with him in Kashmir House Islamabad on June 15.† Sardar Sikandar said his decision was final and irreversible, as he had had enough of the stress and strain of politics while enjoying the comforts and privileges of power during his 46 years of political life.† Sardar Abdul Qayyum and he have decided to leave the field for the young people, he observed. Sardar Sikandar claimed he had served the people both in the opposition and in power with sincerity, commitment and hard work. During his tenure of five years he had achieved economic targets of high value as Kangla Damís royalty to Azad Kashmir, compensation and benefits for the affectees of Mangla Dam and constructing roads to link Azad Kashmir to Pakistan through National Highway Authority besides large number of projects in education, health and communication sectors with a liberal financial support of Federal Government. He felt aggrieved that a 42-second earthquake had washed all his development efforts. He was proud of the love, affection and support that the people had given him throughout the thick and thin of his political life. He hoped Muslim Conference, with its good record of serving the people, would win a majority in the forthcoming elections.


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