AJK PM rejects Imran’s Pakistan


ISLAMABAD July 31 (TNS): Raja Farooq Haider, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister says: “I don’t believe in Imran Khan’s Pakistan. I believe in Quaid-e-Azam’s Pakistan. What are you going to do about it?” he said while lashing out at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Monday.

Addressing media earlier today, an incensed Raja Farooq dared the PTI chief to hold demonstrations against him. “I will not tolerate any insult. I do not want to be a part of the political tug-of-war under way in Pakistan,” he said.

Reiterating his clarification over his statement on Kashmiris being uncertain about siding with Pakistan after Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification, he said that his comments had been taken out of context by the news media, which had hurt his emotions.

“I was quoted out of context. It is painful. Pakistan is my country, I have every right to be concerned and express my reservations,” he said. The AJK PM also requested media houses and other parties “not to drag Kashmir in their personal wars”.

Earlier on Sunday, Raja Farooq had said the future of Kashmiris was linked to Pakistan’s prosperity.

“Kashmiris do not have any option other than Pakistan and have been trying to become a part of the country since the past 70 years,” he had said.

Speaking about Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification under Article 62(1) (f) of the Constitution, Raja Farooq questioned what would happen if Imran Khan were also to be disqualified under the same clause. “What is going on? What if Imran Khan [also] gets disqualified under Article 62 [as prime minister]? Would Shah Mehmood Qureshi become the next PM? And if he gets disqualified for the same reason too, and so on..” the AJK premier remarked.