July 2006 News

PPP AJK accuses centre of pre-poll rigging

10 July 2006
The Dawn

Islamabad: Pakistan Peoples Party Azad Kashmir (PPP AJK) has accused the centre of resorting to massive scale pre- polls rigging, one day before the AJK elections. Talking to reporters here, Secretary Coordination and the party’s spokesman, Ashraf Janjua, urged the AJK chief election commissioner to take notice of the interference of the centre in the polls. He said Gen Pervez Musharraf had assured that the AJK polls would be free, fair and transparent, but he made himself controversial by holding a meeting with Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan, Supreme Head of the Muslim Conference and his son Sardar Atiq Ahmad Khan, the party’s president. He said Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz had appointed three members of the AJK Council belonging to the Muslim Conference namely Naseem Ahmad Sarfaraz, Iftikhar Ayub and Ghulam Raza Naqvi as his advisers on Kashmir Council two days before the AJK polls. He said this was apparently meant to send a message to Azad Kashmir that the federal government wanted to see Muslim Conference emerging victorious in the AJK polls. He said Gen Pervez Musharraf and Shaukat Aziz should immediately explain their position on the issue, if they did not support a particular party in Azad Kashmir. Ashraf Janjua alleged that buses and wagons were being impounded at the behest of the federal government institutions and nazims in Punjab to facilitate the voters of Muslim Conference. The Muslim Conference president, Sardar Atiq Ahmad Khan, when contacted, refuted the allegation and said the PPP AJK had seen its crushing defeat written on the wall and was trying to cover its unpopularity by levelling allegations of rigging. He said the Muslim Conference would once again come into power with the support of the masses and would take active steps for reconstruction and rehabilitation in the quake-hit areas of Azad Kashmir. Our Correspondent from Attock adds The district administration has finalised all arrangements for holding of Azad Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly election in Jammu-6 constituency on Tuesday. As many as 13 polling stations have been set up throughout the district, out which two are in Attock, two in Hassanabdal, two in Hazro, two in Fatehjang, three in Pindigheb, one in Basal and one in Jand. About 4,306 Kashmiri voters of Attock district will use their right to vote to elect their member of legislative assembly. Polling will start at 8am and continue till 5pm. There are a total of five candidates in the running for the said seat former AJK assembly deputy speaker Raja Mohammad Saddique of Muslim Conference (currently residing in Attock), Shah Ghulam Qadir of PPP, Mohammad Sanaullah Qadri, Sardar Attique Ahmed and Syed Shaukat Ali Shah. District Police Officer Capt (retired) Malik Zafar Iqbal Awan, while giving a briefing on the election security plan here on Monday, said about 300 police officials had been deputed at the all 13 polling stations to maintain law and order.


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