Faryal Warns PML-N Against Converting AJK into Political Battlefield

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Wednesday, 17 February 2016 10:03

MUZAFFARABAD: After three days of war of words and protests and demonstrations by their activists, the ruling PPP and the opposition PML-N in Azad Kashmir spent a quiet day on Tuesday.

But it appeared to be a lull before the storm.

While MNA Faryal Talpur of the PPP reiterated the allegations levelled by her party against federal ministers, the PML-N decided at a meeting in Islamabad that its AJK chapter would deal with the matter, instead of federal ministers.

Ms Talpur, who has been calling the shots in AJK since the formation of the PPP government in July 2011, made the allegations during a visit to Naara village in Nakial on Tuesday to offer condolences to the family of Chaudhry Munshi who had died during a clash between workers of the two parties on Saturday.

She accused PML-N workers of killing a committed PPP worker and injuring scores of others and warned federal ministers against converting AJK into a political battlefield. She said that the federal ministers who had used foul language against Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed must apologise.

When contacted, Chaudhry Tariq Farooq, PML-N’s legislator and the party’s senior vice-president, said the PPP was trying to exploit the Kashmir card the way it had been using the Sindh card. “In doing so they are least bothered about its damage to national interests.”

He said it was ironical that while the PPP was criticising the Rangers’ operation in Sindh to escape accountability, it was calling for army’s intervention in AJK for the same purpose.

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