Muzzafarabad (August 28, 2017): Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Legislative Assembly Speaker Shah Ghulam Qadir on Monday rejected six references filed by the leaders of two opposition parties seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider for his controversial remarks on July 29 about the future of the disputed Himalayan region.
“On the basis of the verbal statement of Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider, his written response and an affidavit [to his affirmations], I am of the opinion that these references carry no weight and are therefore rejected,” announced the speaker in what he said was an “interim decision.”
The references were filed separately by former premier and Muslim Conference (MC) president Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan and four other MC leaders on August 7, and by Leader of the Opposition Chaudhry Muhammad Yasin, who belongs to the PPP, on August 8.
The references were filed under Section 25(2) of the AJK Interim Constitution Act, read with Section 5(2) of the AJK Legislative Assembly (Election) Ordinance of 1970.
The “interim decision” was delivered by the speaker after hearing Haider and his counsel in his chamber in the presence of all but one of the six petitioners who had charged the premier with “violation of the oath of his office.”