October 2, 2023

Sardar Tanveer Ilyas elected unopposed as Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir

When the resolution was passed by a majority, the opposition objected, saying why the ruling party is in a hurry.

Sardar Tanveer Ilyas

The joint opposition boycotted the election, citing technical issues.

Earlier, the opposition had nominated PPP regional president Chaudhry Yasin as its prime ministerial candidate, but he later withdrew from the polls.

The opposition had made its intention to boycott in a press conference before the start of the meeting.

During the meeting, PTI legislator Abdul Majeed Khan moved a resolution suspending Rule (1) 15, which requires a two-day interval between submission of nomination papers and polling.

When the resolution was passed by a majority, the opposition objected, saying why the ruling party is in a hurry.

During the meeting, Speaker Anwar ul Haq kept the opposition busy for a long time and later allowed him to express his views on points of order.

Opposition lawmakers walked out of the hall in protest after the speaker directed the assembly staff to release the election schedule.

In a meeting of the Legislative Assembly chaired by Speaker Anwar ul Haq, Prime Minister Sardar Tanveer Ilyas has been elected unopposed for Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

The Assembly session was convened for the second time by the President of Jammu and Kashmir under Article (3) 16.

Earlier, the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had tried to convene a meeting on Friday last week, which was actually called to vote on a no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister, but failed as the opposition challenged it in the High Court. Had done

It may be recalled that the Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan had resigned just eight months after taking office after members of his own party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) filed a no-confidence motion.

The resignation letter sent by Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi to the President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir on April 14 stated that “I am resigning from my post as Prime Minister under Article 16 (1) of the Constitution of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.”

Later, the Azad Jammu and Kashmir High Court, while hearing a petition filed by the opposition leaders to convene the assembly, restrained the assembly speaker and others from taking any action regarding the election of the prime minister.

The apex court had ruled that the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi had become ineffective after his resignation on April 14, and since the assembly was not in session at the time of his resignation, the prime minister’s A new meeting must be convened within 14 days for the election.

After which a meeting of the Assembly was called today.

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