ISLAMABAD - Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Abdul Majid Chaudhry has secured a new lease of life when PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari scraped the move to make change of guards in AJK government by bringing in some new face to replace the incumbent premier.
Asif Zardari further snubbed supporters of change within the PPP Azad Kashmir parliamentary party while chairing the meeting of PPP AJK chapter at Bilawal House in Karachi on Tuesday, party sources and some of the participants of the meeting informed The Nation. The in-charge of party affairs Faryal Talpur and AJK President Sardar Yaqoob were also present on the occasion.
Some two separate sessions of AJK parliamentary party and its allies in AJK Legislative Assembly were held wherein the ruling party's MLAs and a few cabinet members had opened up plethora of complaints against the incumbent Premier Ch Abdul Majid and pressed for bringing in some new face from the cabinet members to replace him, a party MLA in AJK Assembly informed.
After threadbare discussion and patiently listening to the complaints and suggestions from the party MLAs, Zardari ruled out change at this juncture and made it loud and clear that no change of guards in AJK government would be made right now, assuring the members that their genuine concerns would be duly addressed by the AJK prime minister, sources present in the meeting informed.
The sources further informed that Zardari directed the party MLAs to stay united with the prime minister and frustrate any no-trust move to dislodge him, when some of the party MLAs feared that opposition in aid of some government MLAs could table no-confidence motion against the premier.
Zardari refused to buy the idea of PML-N's support to some government MLAs to topple the incumbent AJK government and informed the meeting that Centre was extending complete support to the AJK government and in the past too when some MLAs belonging to PML-N had initiated lobbying for dislodging Ch Majid government, the party chief Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif had strictly refrained the party MLAs for staging such a move.
The sources in the party informed that some senior party leaders in AJK Legislative Assembly had initiated the move and even won the support of some of the members sitting on the opposition benches, mainly from Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), to remove Majid from AJK premiership and bring in a person of their choice from within the senior cabinet colleagues as new PM AJK.