MUZAFFARABAD: At least one political worker was killed and 11 others sustained injuries in a clash between rival political parties in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s (AJK) Kotli area on Saturday.
According to police reports, the clash occurred at the Government College Nayal ground, about 215km away from Muzaffarabad, where Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) workers were preparing for a rally scheduled to be held today.
Activists of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) arrived at the venue and began pelting stones at the PPP workers, resulting in the death of Chaudhry Muhammad Munshi.
All injured were shifted to the District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ) Kotli. Out the seven, four injured are in critical condition.
The contingent of police present at the site fired tear gas to disperse party workers and maintain peace in the area.
General elections in AJK are set to be held in June. On Thursday, the AJK government had announced that the appointment of Justice Ghulam Mustafa Mughal as new chief election commissioner of AJK.
The ruling PPP gave in to the wishes of the local apex court on Thursday, following a contempt notice issued by the top court of the region.
A notification was issued by the AJK’s Ministry of Law, Justice, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights hours before the deadline set by the region’s highest court.
The AJK Supreme Court had issued contempt of court notice to the state’s government for non-appointment of chief election commissioner two days ago.