AJK PM to face no-trust move on 6th

3 January 2009
The Daily Times

Islamabad: A 12-member forward bloc of Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s (AJK) ruling Muslim Conference and the opposition on Saturday filed a no-trust motion against Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan with the Legislative Assembly Secretariat – with the vote now likely to take place on January 6 after the passage of a mandatory period of three days. The motion against Attique has been signed by 17 members, and Legislative Assembly Speaker Shah Ghulam Qadir – who is also part of the forward bloc – has already convened a session to take up the motion on January 6. It has been learnt that the final decision on the no-trust motion was made at a meeting at Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs Qamaruz Zaman Kaira’s residence in Islamabad on Friday. With Federal Minister for Labour and Manpower Khursheed Shah, AJK Pakistan People’s Party President Abdul Majeed and former AJK prime ministers Sultan Mehmood and Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan in attendance, the meeting nominated Muhammad Yaqoob Khan as the next leader of the House. Yaqoob contested the 2006 Legislative Assembly polls as an independent candidate, and later joined the ruling party. He is now a member of the forward bloc. A spokesman for the forward bloc has claimed that 30 of the assembly’s 48 members would support the move against Attique. The resolution has been moved under Article 18 of the AJK Interim Constitution Act 1974. Under Article 18, “A resolution shall not be voted on before the expiration of three days, or later than seven days, from the date on which it is moved.” Meanwhile, AJK Prime Minister Attique has said that he would face the no-trust move instead of stepping down, and claimed he still has the support of the majority in the assembly.