Pakistani Kashmir PM Resigns Ahead Of Confidence Vote26 July 2010
Muzaffarabad: The prime minister of Pakistani Kashmir on Monday resigned from office ahead of a no-confidence vote against him. In a televised press conference just a day before the no-confidence vote, Raja Farooq Haider said: 'I have decided to step down and have sent my resignation to the president.' The no-confidence motion was moved in the legislative assembly by a breakaway faction of ruling Muslim Conference led by former premier Sardar Atique Ahmed. His group alleged that Haider 'failed to carry out development work' in the Himalayan state and 'ignored the Kashmir cause.' Ahmed himself was ousted in a no-confidence motion in January last year moved by Haider. Relations between India and Pakistan, which each rule part of Kashmir but claim it in full, have been tense since the Mumbai attacks in November, in which 172 were killed, including nine attackers. India has blamed the carnage on the banned Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is fighting New Delhi's rule in Kashmir. India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir since independence from Britain in 1947.