MC names Sardar Anwar for AJK presidency
30 July 2001
The News International
Khizar Hayat Abbasi
MUZAFFARABAD: The ruling party All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference in principle decided to nominate Major General (retd) Sardar Muhammad Anwar Khan its candidate for the office of AJK president. Both Prime Minister Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan and Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan have confirmed that General (retd) Sardar Muhammad Anwar Khan would be a consensus candidate of the ruling Muslim Conference.However, Prime Minister Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan has summoned the meeting of Muslim Conference''s parliamentary party which will meet in Muzaffarabad today (Tuesday) to discuss the issue and to take the final decision in this regard.The AJK government had already promulgated an ordinance waiving the law, which restricts any ex- government servant to take part in the politics two years before his retirement. General (retd) Sardar Anwar Khan, who resigned as vice- Chief of General Staff (VCGS) to contest presidential elections on Monday, arrived here and is expected to file his candidature for the slot. The presidential elections schedule will be held on August 1.Opposition People''s Party Azad Jammu and Kashmir has decided to field its Secretary-General and former minister Ch Latif Akbar as presidential candidate. Fifty-four members House, consisting of 48 members of AJK Legislative Assembly and six members of Jammu and Kashmir Council, forms electoral college for the election of state president. The Muslim Conference has 34 members in the house while PP AJK 20.