Anwarul Haq elected AJK PM

Published April 20, 2023
A file photo of Chaudhry Anwarul Haq. — Provided by Tariq Naqash.
A file photo of Chaudhry Anwarul Haq. — Provided by Tariq Naqash.

MUZAFFARABAD: In a dramatic move, the AJK Legislative Assembly elected its Speaker Chaudhry Anwarul Haq as the next prime minister in the small hours of Thursday, apparently ending a weeklong deadlock in the wake of the disqualification of ex-PM Sardar Tanveer Ilyas.

Since no one submitted nomination papers against him, Mr Haq got the trust of all 48 members present in the house, including 29 from the ruling PTI as well as opposition members from the PPP and PML-N.

Ever since the disqualification of Mr Ilyas, Mr Haq remained with the PTI “to ensure its return to power in the face of manoeuvres by the combined opposition” which wanted to clinch power with the help of another small group of PTI deserters, under the influence of President Barrister Sultan Mahmood.

Mr Haq was among the three lawmakers who PTI chief Imran Khan had shortlisted and asked the parliamentary party to build consensus on one name to become AJK premier.

However, in a surprise development on Wednesday night his name emerged as a joint candidate of the combined opposition and a 12-member PTI ‘forward bloc’.

In a statement, PTI regional president Ilyas said the party had not named anyone as its candidate for the post.

“Today, I have come to know about the machinations of Mr Haq. On the one hand he was assuring PTI leadership of his efforts to save the party, on the other he was striking a deal with the establishment,” he said.

Published in Dawn, April 20th, 2023

Opinion

Editorial

Time for dialogue
Updated 24 Jun, 2024

Time for dialogue

If the PML-N and PTI remain mired in mutual acrimony, an ever-widening gap will continue to allow non-political forces to assert themselves.
Property taxes
24 Jun, 2024

Property taxes

ACCORDING to reports in the local media, along with the higher taxes imposed on real estate in the recent budget, ...
Fierce heat
24 Jun, 2024

Fierce heat

CLIMATE change is unfolding as predicted by experts: savage heat, melting glaciers, extreme rainfall, drought, ...
China’s concerns
23 Jun, 2024

China’s concerns

Pakistan has no option but to neutralise militant threat to Chinese projects, as well as address its business and political stability concerns.
War drums
23 Jun, 2024

War drums

If it is foolish enough to launch another war in Lebanon, Tel Aviv will be solely responsible for setting the Middle East on fire.
Balochistan budget
23 Jun, 2024

Balochistan budget

BALOCHISTAN’S Rs955.6bn budget for the fiscal year 2024-25 makes many pledges to the poor citizens of Pakistan’s...