AJK Election Commission slaps ban on Gandapur

Published July 17, 2021
The Azad Jammu and Kashmir Election Commission noted in a letter that Gandapur had made unpleasant comments in his speeches at different public meetings in AJK, apart from announcing deve­­lopment packages worth billions of rupees. — Images/File
The Azad Jammu and Kashmir Election Commission noted in a letter that Gandapur had made unpleasant comments in his speeches at different public meetings in AJK, apart from announcing deve­­lopment packages worth billions of rupees. — Images/File

MUZAFFARABAD: Mired in one controversy after another amid his electioneering ventures in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), federal Minister for Kash­mir Affairs Ali Amin Gan­dapur received a setback on Friday as the region’s Elec­tion Commission slapped a ban on his participation and speeches in election-related events in AJK.

A letter to this effect was sent by the commission’s secretary Sardar Moham­mad Ghazanfar to AJK’s chief secretary Shakeel Qadir Khan with a directive to ensure implementation of the decision and submission of a compliance report.

It said that the commission had come to know that Mr Gandapur had made unpleasant comments in his speeches at different public meetings in AJK, apart from announcing deve­­lopment packages worth billions of rupees.

Mr Ghazanfar said the decision was taken also because the acts of the minister were not only creating law and order problems but had also triggered fears of loss of human lives.

He asked the chief secretary that Mr Gandapur shou­ld be “respectfully” made to leave the territorial limits of AJK or else responsibility of any untoward incident would rest on the shoulders of the administration.

The commission’s decision against Mr Gandapur came hours after AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider criticised the chief election commissioner and both the constitutional members of the body over “utter failure in fulfilling their responsibilities”.

Published in Dawn, July 17th, 2021

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