Altaf Ahmid Rao Mirpur
Pakistan Tehereek-e-Insaf AJK Chief and former Prime Minister Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry announced here on Sunday that his party will field its candidates in all the electoral constituencies in forthcoming general elections in Azad Jammu Kashmir, due to be held in July this year indigenously without reaching in any electoral alliance with any party including the Muslim Conference.
“Names of the PTI candidates for all the electoral constituencies of the 49-member AJK Legislative Assembly including 12 seats for Pakistan-based refugees from Indian Illegally occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) will be announced in next couple of weeks period”, Sultan revealed.
It may be recalled that last general elections were held in Azad Jammu & Kashmir on 21 July 2016 to elect 41 members of the 49-member Azad Kashmir Legislative Assembly on direct adult franchise basis.
Rest of 08 seats included 05 reserved for women and one each for Ulema /Mashaikh, technocrats and overseas Kashmiris elected by the directly-elected legislators in the house.
Barrister Sultan, also the former Prime Minister of AJK, sitting Member of AJK Legislat6ive Assembly and much respective Candidate Of PTI From Mirpur LA~3 Constituency in forthcoming AJK General Elections~ 2021, was addressing a crowded news conference on the eve of a much-disciplined Eid Millan Party, hosted in his honour – besides in honor of local journalists affiliated with national and State print, electronic and social media, hosted by Ch. Tahir Ayub, Son Of (Late) Ch Muhammad Ayub, A Close Lifetime Associate Of Barrister Sultan, At His Lush Green Farm House Located At The Periphery Of Picturesque Mangla Lake here With The Coordination And Assistance Of The Local PTI AJK stalwarts Including Ansar Sarim, central Deputy Secy.
Information, PTI AJK, Ex City Deputy Administrator Ch. Amjad, Chaudhry Shaban And dozens Of Others. The ceremony was followed by a highly traditional Kashmiri / Pahari luncheon.
A large number Of The PTI workers And Supporters Also graced the brief, simple but much impressive gathering held mostly under The Parameters Set In The SOPs To Avert Threat Of Covid-19 pandemic.
The Prominent Among The Journalists who graced the occasion include Altaf Hamid Rao, Muhammad Ramzan Chughtai, Khalid Chaudhry, Zaffar Mughal, Raja, Sohrab Khan, Sajaad Qayyum Khanpuri, Muhammad Rashid Bashir, Engr. Haroon Ramzan Chughtai, Zahid Bashir, Shehzad Perveiz Ch., Zaheer Ghafoor, Humayoon Mirza, Ansar Bashir, Faisal Gulzar, Imran Chaudhry And Others.
The PTI AJK President continued that his party will not fall into any alliance with any party especially the Muslim Conference in the polls – since the PTI could not bear the burden of the All Jammu Kashmir Muslim Conference – since the MC’s leadership was striving hard and deserious of reaching into the electoral alliance with Pakistan Tehreeek Insaf, he added.
Sultan declared as saying “there is no any space for Urns (LOTAs,) in PTI before the elections.
To a question, raised by this Correspondent about the alleged opposition including the reported attempts of leg-pulling by certain elements in the party ranks against him, Barrister Sultan said that being the head of the PTI AJK, he fully enjoy full support and backing of the party’s top leadership especially the party’s Supremo Imran Khan, he don’t take care of such nefarious moves on the part of certain vested interests in the party.
Lambasting sitting AJK Prime Minister Farooq Haider led PML (N) government Barrister Sultan said that the sitting AJK ruling clique shall have to face a naked accountability process for their ill-deeds during their current five-years term in power in Azad Jammu Kashmir.