PML-N demands end to ‘horse trading’ in AJK polls

ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday demanded an end to what he called horse trading ahead of upcoming election of Leader of the House in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

He told a news conference that if the polls were not fair, a session of the National Assembly would be requisitioned to raise the issue.

‘We request the government to stop horse trading during election of the Leader of the House in AJK and if the government fails to do so, we would be compelled to requisition the National Assembly session to take up the matter,’ Chaudhry Nisar said.

He said the country was passing through a difficult phase and any vote trading would add to the problems. The government should realize the sensitivity of the matter, he added.

The opposition leader said PML-N would neither interfere in the political or administrative matters of AJK nor would it support or oppose any candidate, despite the fact that the party had been under pressure to establish its chapter in the territory.

‘The PML-N has decided not to establish its wing in AJK as it would compromise the national position of the party; however the party would not allow any circles to subvert the electoral system,’ said Chaudhry Nisar.

He expressed satisfaction with the behavior of the military, saying the present army chief had played an effective role to de-politicize the army and rectify its image.

About the ongoing operation in South Waziristan, he said the government is dealing with this situation.

He said the party leadership had explained its viewpoint to the US Senator John Kerry that the aid should not be given in a manner compromising Pakistan’s sovereignty and dignity.—APP

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