June 2006 News

Provision of annexation to Pakistan may be scrapped from interim act: Barrister Sultan

29 June 2006
The Pakistan Tribune

Islamabad: AJK Muslim League has formally announced its manifesto for the AJK legislative assembly elections taking place on July 11. The manifesto was announced by former AJK prime minister and AJK ML convener Barrister Sultan Mehmood here Thursday in a crowded press conference. The manifesto includes increase in the seats of AJK legislative assembly and Kashmir council, highlighting Kashmir freedom movement at international level, establishment of senior ministry, independent judiciary, independent accountability commission, reconstruction and rehabilitation of quake affectees, establishment of independent public service commission, restructuring of all departments, administrative reforms, equitable and just distribution of financial resources among the administrative units and amendment in rules of business to improve the performance and efficiency of the government. Barrister Sultan Mehmood alleged that the incumbent government of Muslim Conference has miserably failed in the rehabilitation of October 8 quake survivors. ' I will respect their decision if Muslim Conference Haqiqi elects me prime minister, he added. Electoral alliance can be forged with all the leaders barring President Muslim Conference Sardar Attique Ahmad Khan, he told. 'My party will not propose Sardar Sikandar Hayat for the office of the president', he added. He was of the view that the provision of annexation with Pakistan could be scrapped from AJK interim act, 1974, It will have to be got approved from legislative assembly with two thirds majority. We will make consultation all the parties in this connection after coming to power, he added. If elected representatives of people want to do away with it we will respect them, he remarked. 'We welcome peace dialogue between Pakistan and India. However Kashmiris should be included in it as they are the real party to Kashmir dispute', he demanded.


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