Centre mulling sending provincial law & order forces to AJK

AJK electioneering

Hameed Shaheen

Islamabad—Federal Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan has assured the Chief Election Commission of AJK Mr Justice Ghulam Mustafa Mughal of providing every assistance from the federal government in maintaining law and order during the July 21, 2016 general elections in the liberated region.
Federal Minister’s assurance came when the CEC of AJK met him in his office and apprised him of the necessity of forces to ensure peaceful law and order during general elections on July 21, 2016. On this day people of AJK and JK refugees settled in Pakistan would elect 41 members of Legislative Assembly as the tenure of the current assembly is expiring in the last week of June, 2016.
The Minister, according to reports, told the CEC that the armed forces of Pakistan are busy in anti-terror operations. However para-military and security forces under the province of Pakistan could be deployed in AJK. He also hinted that he would contact GHQ for necessary needs.
Functionally AJK has by-cameral system of governance since 1975. AJK Assebmly consists of 29 members while Kashmir Council headquartered at Islamabad under the chairmanship of Prime Minister of Pakistan comprises 12 members – six elected and six nominated from the parliament of Pakistan. Federal Kashmir Affairs Minister by virtue of his office is the Minister-incharge of the Kashmir Council. The subjects [departments] of governance are distributed among Assembly and Council. Council has had separate legislative powers.
The AJK Interim Constitution Act-1974 has been framed keeping in view the responsibilities of government of Pakistan under the Kashmir resolutions of the United Nations Security Council. In any supra extraordinary circumstance government of Pakistan can dissolve the Assembly under section 53 of the AJK constitution.

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