MABAD Political crisis further deepened in Azad Jammu And Kashmir on Monday after the resignation of AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider that was tendered in an apparent effort to avoid embarrassment over the no confidence motion.
Raja Farooq Haider has sent his resignation to AJK President Raja Muhammad Zulqarnain leaving several questions unanswered including the fate of the no confidence motion set for voting by the Assembly today (Tuesday).
Well-placed political sources informed TheNation that Haider tendered his resignation as Prime Minister after consultations with PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif who telephoned him from Dubai on the same day.
Some sources were of the view that he wilfully adopted the course to resign perhaps with the idea that he would remain Acting Prime Minister for fifteen days until the Legislative Assembly elected new Leader of the House. But this option, some believed, may not work in line with his wishes as it all depends on the acts of the Opposition led by Muslim Conference Chief Sardar Attique, the mover of the no confidence motion.
According to the informed sources, the opposition group led by a faction of the ruling Muslim Conference claimed that 18 out of 24 cabinet members had resigned and deserted the Premier.
Before tendering his resignation, Raja Farooq Haider criticised the AJK President, the Federal Government and MC-led Opposition.
Meanwhile, it was reliably learnt that Raja Farooq Haider had opted to resign on the advice of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) Quaid Nawaz Sharif. However, this could not be immediately confirmed by the PML-N.
The sources privy to these developments said that Raja Farooq along with his supporter MPs had decided to form a PML-N group in the AJK Legislative Assembly to play an effective role of Opposition. The sources were of the view that PML-N top leadership might appoint him as partys AJK President to organise it at the grassroots level and make it an effective political entity in the Azad Jummu and Kashmir.
Earlier, 11 members on Friday last submitted no confidence motion and the Speaker called a session of the AJK Legislative Assembly on Tuesday. It is the third time that a no confidence motion has been moved against a sitting prime minister since 2006 elections.