PTI Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Barrister Sultan Mehmood said on Tuesday that the PML-N and the PPP had severely damaged the Kashmir cause and preferred their vested interest to the national ones.

He was of the view the Kashmiri people wanted freshness and visible change in the AJK politics. Addressing a press conference at Jinnah House Sialkot, he said that the winds of political change are blowing in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and hoped that his party would win the upcoming general and local bodies elections.

He urged the Supreme Court of Pakistan and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to ensure early opening of the ballot boxes in constituency NA 110 (Sialkot-I) to unearth the “massive rigging” made by the PML-N in 2013 general elections. As result, Khawaja Muhammad Asif had won from the election from the constituency.

Mehmood, who is also former prime minister of AJK, strongly condemned the brutal killings of Pakistani people due to unprovoked shelling by Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) on Sialkot border villages along the Working Boundary.

He also accused the PML-N and the PPP for pushing back the Kashmir issue. He added that the main parties had also exploited the basic rights of the people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). He claimed that the PTI had now become a ray of hope for the people of AJK and the depressed Kashmiri people in held valley.

He added that the PTI would win the coming local bodies polls in Punjab and elections of the AJK Legislative Assembly besides giving tough time to both PML-N and PPP.

On the occasion, Hafiz Muhammad Raza, a PML-Q leader, Hafiz Hamid Raza, a leader of Muslim Conference and former AJK minister, joined the PTI. Its leaders Umer Dar, Ch Maqbool Ahmed, Tahir Mehmood Hundali, Rana Ejaz Ahmed, Barrister Jamshaid Ghiyas, Mian Shakeel Ahmed, Nusrat Jamshaid Malik and Bushra Razzaq Alvi were also present.

SCHOOLS’ RELOCATION ORDERED: In the wake of the strict implementation of the National Action Plan in AJK, the managements of all the private-sector schools and colleges, located at the Defence Road and F-2 Residential Sector in Mirpur city, have been directed to shift their educational institutions from the existing locations within next 15 days.

On the directives of Commissioner Mirpur Division Raja Amjad Pervez Ali Khan and DC Amjad Iqbal, Mirpur District Administration officer Haq Nawaz held a meeting with the owners of the private schools and colleges. He directed the managements of all the educational institutions, mostly belonging to the nationwide English medium schools to immediately shift the locations to their respective institutions from the Defence Road, mostly located in the densely-populated posh area of Sector F/2 in the city, he said.

He said, “Necessary action will be taken under the law against the managements of the above located educational institutions found defying the orders.” He continued that the mushroom growth of private schools and colleges at Defence Road mostly at Sector F/2 area were causing traffic hazards at the much busy road whole the day.

They usually result in the road accident besides the traffic jams due to heavy rush due to their functioning at the Defence Road, he pointed out. Ch Haq Nawaz said that the district administration had already directed the managements of the private schools and colleges at the Defense Road, through correspondence about a couple of months ago to remove their institutions from the Defence Road.

“But there were no positive progress on the part of the managements of these institutions despite the instructions of the administration so far,” he added. He made it clear that no further time would be given for shifting of the aforesaid educational institutions from their existing locations after the expiry of the deadline.