Attique sworn in as AJK premier29 July 2010
MUZAFFARABAD: Muslim Conference chief Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan was sworn in as the 10th prime minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir here on Thursday after the Legislative Assembly elected him as Leader of the House by a thumping majority, less than 19 months after his removal from the office. The oath was administered by President Raja Zulqarnain Khan at a ceremony attended by legislators, party workers and officials. Mr Khan, who was the only candidate for the post, bagged 39 votes 21 of his own party, seven of the AJK People's Party, six of the 'Friends Group', three of the People's Muslim League (PML) and two of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement. PML chief Barrister Sultan Mahmood abstained. Before the voting, outgoing prime minister Raja Farooq Haider objected to the holding of the session which, he said, was unconstitutional because the president had convened it ignoring the advice of the prime minister. He then led a walkout by his seven supporters, including Speaker Shah Ghulam Qadir. The later proceedings were presided over by Deputy Speaker Mehrun Nisa. All the members, except the speaker, returned to the house after the chair declared that Mr Khan had been elected the Leader of the House. Addressing the house after his election, Mr Khan said it was a good omen for AJK that democracy had remained intact despite political problems.