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MQM to take part in polls for two AJK seats

July 04, 2011

A Kashmiri woman casts her vote at a polling station in the general elections in Muzaffarabad, June 26, 2011. — Photo by AFP

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Monday announced its participation in the postponed elections for certain seats of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, DawnNews reported.

MQM has moreover advised its candidates Saleem Butt and Tahir Khokhar to begin their campaigns for the election.

MQM spokesman Wasey Jalil said the decision to participate in the elections was made after the Muzaffarabad High Court directed the Azad Kashmir Legislative Assembly to schedule elections for the LA-30 (Jammu-I) and LA-36 (Kashmir Valley-I) seats.

Earlier, the MQM quit the PPP-led coalition government after the postponement of Azad Kashmir election in Karachi for the two seats.

Jalil said MQM is a democratic political party and it will surely take part in the AJK elections.