Thousands Demand AJK PM’s Removal

Thousands Demand AJK PM’s Removal

25 November 2013
The Dawn
Tariq Naqash

Chaksawari: Thousands of people at a rally held here in the hometown of AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed on Sunday demanded removal of “the corrupt rulers” in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. “The base camp of (Kashmir) freedom movement has practically fallen in the hands of thugs and robbers involved in massive corruption, but now the days of corrupt rulers are numbered,” said AJK’s former prime minister Barrister Sultan Mahmood at the gathering organised by the so-called Awami Ittehad, an alliance of local leaders. Barrister Mahmood said that many Peoples Party AJK workers and a majority of the members of Legislative Assembly had lost faith in the leadership of Mr Majeed because of his alleged incompetence and corruption. “I don’t believe in hollow statements and unfounded allegations. I have proved with documentary evidence that Chaudhry Abdul Majeed is the most corrupt ruler in our history and his further stay in power would annihilate Peoples Party,” he said. In July, Mr Mahmood was named as successor of Mr Majeed in a no-confidence resolution against the latter in accordance with a constitutional provision. However, the resolution was withdrawn after the main opposition Muslim League-Nawaz withdrew its support, giving a new lease of life to Mr Majeed. The PPAJK lawmakers, who had announced support for Mr Mahmood, also returned to the prime minister’s camp and regained their cabinet positions. Without naming any one, Mr Mahmood said: “Those faithless legislators who turned their backs should see for themselves the ocean of people in my public meeting.” He cautioned the bureaucracy and said the administration should work to serve the interests of the state and for welfare of the common man instead of flattering the prime minister and his cronies. Awami Ittehad chief Chaudhry Mohammad Anwar, a former chairman of the District Council Mirpur, said rising corruption in AJK had compelled him and the like-minded ideological PPP workers to form an alliance to remove Mr Majeed. Former AJK minister and vice president of PPAJK Khawaja Farooq Ahmed, AJK Council member Chaudhry Mehboob Ahmed and several other leaders also addressed the rally.