MUZAFFARABAD: The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) chapter of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has decided to nominate the party’s regional chief Raja Farooq Haider as its parliamentary leader in the Legislative Assembly.
The decision was taken at meeting held at Haider’s residence on Sunday. The 31 newly elected AJK lawmakers had gathered to nominate both a parliamentary leader as well as candidates for the eight reserved seats of the AJK Legislative Assembly. According to sources, those present at the meeting unanimously endorsed a resolution nominating Haider as parliamentary leader.
Talking to The Express Tribune, senior journalist Arif Bahar said the endorsement paves the way for Haider to become the next prime minister of AJK. “No one can stop Haider from becoming AJK premier now. His candidacy for the office has been strengthened after being endorsed by lawmakers from a party which has been elected with such a heavy mandate,” he said.
Sunday’s meeting also condemned rising human rights violations in Indian Kashmir. The newly elected PML-N lawmakers urged the UN to press India into halting human rights abuses in the valley. They also hailed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his role in development of Pakistan.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2016.
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