In-house change in AJK on the cards

1 January 2009
The News International
Asim Yasin

Islamabad: The Peoples Party Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday formally demanded of President Asif Ali Zardari to support in-house change in Azad Jammu and Kashmir by allowing no-confidence move against AJK Prime Minister Sardar Attiq. It is said that President Zardari has given a green signal for the in-house change in the AJK and has directed Federal Minister for Labour, Manpower and Overseas Pakistanis Syed Khursheed Shah to make contacts with other opposition parties and forward bloc of the Muslim Conference. The top leaders of the AJK PP, including its President Chaudhry Abdul Hameed, opposition leader in the AJK Legislative Assembly Sardar Qamaruz Zaman, Latif Akbar, Chaudhry Yasin, Mian Waheed, Anis Awan, Ghulam Sadiq and Chaudhry Pervez met President Zardari at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in this regard. They informed the president that the opposition as well as the forward bloc of the Muslim Conference in the AJK had sufficient numerical strength to remove the government of Sardar Attiq. The prime minister of Pakistan has powers under Article 56 of the AJK Constitution to dissolve the assembly to pave the way for new election while the other option to bring about the in-house change is also available. Sources said they also demanded that the next prime minister of the AJK should be from the AJK PP. Lord Nazir Ahmed, the British Member of Parliament, was also present during the meeting.