Dawn – Adjournment motion in Senate to discuss AJK prime minister’s remarks

Ikram Junaidi – Tariq Naqash

Islamabad, Muzaffarabad, 1 August 2017. An adjournment motion has been moved in the Senate of Pakistan to discuss the remarks made by Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider.

Mr Haider was quoted as saying on Saturday that judgements such as the one in the Panama Papers case against Nawaz Sharif would force the people of Azad Kashmir to consider whether or not to accede to Pakistan.

According to the video of his press talk being circulated on social media, Mr Haider uttered the allegedly controversial remarks after he turned his guns on Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan.

However, on the same day, he said his statement was quoted out of context. Mr Haider assumed the office of AJK prime minister on July 29, 2016, for the second time in seven years, as a candidate of the PML-N, almost a week after the party swept general elections to the region’s Legislative Assembly.

Senator Sehar Kamran has submitted an adjournment motion in the upper house of parliament stating that the statement of the AJK PM was of vital significance for Pakistan’s national interest.