Bagh, Ajk—AJK political parties have started seeking polls partners for joint participation in coming elections in the Azad state; the PML-N, whose fate making clout is clearly seen capital of Islamabad, constitutes a major electoral challenge for all other parties and groups, says an initial situational assessment. A sensitive fact may be seated in everyone’s mind that Srinagar’s eyes are on AJK election results as a new awareness at the UN level has emerged to approach dispute over Jammu and Kashmir in the light of ‘the political environment between Pakistan and India’, a perception far removed from the principally accepted dominance of UN Security Council’s Kashmir resolutions requirements.
Political circles say that three parties Muslim Conference, PTI-AJK and PPP-AJK have come closer to one another to the extent of striking a formal electoral alliance to the 41-Assembly seats, 29 in AJK and 12 across Pakistan from among the J&K settled refugees/citizens. The Pakistan based seats election can contract local administrations’ influence.
AJK region-wise current parties position is like this: PTI in Mirpur division; Muslim Conference and PPP-AJK in Muzaffarabad division; in Poonch division a seats adjustment understanding has already been reached between Muslim Conference and PTI. All these three political parties are determined to keep PML-N of the majority target.
An inner circle in the PML-N and in Pakistan and AJK wanted election alliance with the Muslim Conference but, reports say, both Sardar Sikander Hayat Khan and Raja Farooq Haider opposed such an arrangement and assured their central leadership in Pakistan of PML-N’s majority victory in AJK Assembly elections.
Be it recalled that within occupied Kashmir Muslim Conference is still functional under the headship of APHC senior leader Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat. Therefore pro-Independence lobby in occupied kshmir would never want MC’s victory in AJK polls as it can re-link the broken ties once again in the onoing context of Kashmir dispute.