February 2016 News

AJK Election Campaign Goes Wild

14 February 2016
Pakistan Observer

Kotli: A contingent of Pakistan Army have been deployed in the Nakial area of Azad Kashmir after a clash between workers of the Pakistan People's Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-N left two members of the former dead on Saturday. Deputy Commissioner Kotli, Adnan Khurshid, confirmed that the troops were called in to maintain peace in the area. He said Azad Kashmir Chief Secretary Arbab Sikandar Sultan has set up a judicial commission to probe the incident that led to killing of two people. Police said they have registered a murder case against N-League workers and made some arrests. Sources said Farooq Sikandar, son of former Azad Kashmir prime minister Sikandar Hyat Khan, has also been nominated in the FIR. Earlier, at least two persons were killed and eight others wounded on Saturday in a clash between the workers of Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League-N in Kotli. The clash reportedly occurred in the Nakial Bazaar area when a procession of PPP workers was on way to the venue of their rally scheduled to be held in connection with the forthcoming election in the AJK. The two parties' activists first exchanged hot words and then started pelting stones at each other, resulting in the death of Munshi Khan, a PPP worker. The PML-N workers allegedly opened fire killing two PPP activists and injuring other. The injured were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital, Kotli. The police later used tear gas and restored to baton-charge to disperse the party workers. General elections in AJK are scheduled to be held in summer 2016. Meanwhile, former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari has condemned killing of two PPP workers in Nakial, Kotli Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Former President condemning the killing of PPP workers said that it has become norm for PML-N to kill opposition which shows the dictatorial mindset of its leadership.