Ex-AJK PM says political turmoil damaging Kashmir cause

1 March 2009
The Daily Times

Islamabad: The political turmoil in the country in the wake of the disqualification of the Sharif bothers from contesting elections will adversely affect the Kashmir cause, former Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) prime minister Sultan Mehmood said on Sunday. Speaking at a news conference, Mehmood said US President Barack Obama and the United Nations secretary general had vowed to play their role in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute but the political turmoil in Pakistan emanating from the Sharif brothers' disqualification had put the issue on the back burner. The former AJK premier, who is also chief of the People’s Muslim League which is part of the coalition government in AJK, said his party would actively participate in lawyers’ long march. Mehmood said the party would also protest against the disqualification of the Sharif brothers and the imposition of governor’s rule in Punjab. He vowed that his party would set up protest camps and he would lead protest rallies on March 4 and 5 in Mirpur and Muzaffarabad respectively. He alleged that the federal government was interfering in AJK’s affairs. He warned that if the federal government took any undemocratic step in the AJK, his party would strongly resist the move.