MIRPUR, AJK: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed fired two Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) ministers for anti-Pakistan statements from their leader Altaf Hussain.
“Chaudhry Abdul Majeed approved a summary to remove Minister for Transport Tahir Khokhar and Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Saleem Butt,” sources said.
“AJK Services and General Administration Department has also issued a notification regarding sacking of the two ministers,” sources added.
Both the ministers belonging to MQM got selected under the tickets of Kashmiri refugees settled in Pakistan since 1947.
The AJK government gave a 72 hours ultimatum on Monday to these two MQM ministers to disassociate themselves from Altaf’s party or quit the cabinet. PPP AJK Secretary General and Finance Minister Chaudhry Latif Akbar forwarded the party’s move to the MQM parliamentary leader in AJK and Transport Minister Tahir Khokhar.
“We accept the decision of the AJK prime minister but will not disassociate ourselves from the MQM,” the MQM parliamentary leader responded to the PPP secretary general.
“We will move the application in the AJK Assembly to get the seats on opposition benches and will continue playing our democratic role as active opposition members,” he added.
The decision appears in the wake of MQM chief Altaf Hussain’s mean remarks against the law enforcement agencies followed by his recent request to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the United Nations to send their forces to Karachi.