THE resignation of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider was meant to counter the no-confidence motion that had been moved against him, and was the third such motion to be moved in the current House, which was elected in 2006. Raja Farooq himself had taken office after the ouster of Sardar Atiqur Rehman in the last motion. Sardar Atique had been named in the no-confidence motion to come back as Prime Minister and now again has been elected unopposed. The resignation also was an admission that the motion would succeed. Raja Farooq took the decision after being in touch with PML-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif, who has just returned from Dubai. Raja Farooq, being a member of the Muslim Conference like Sardar Attique, this was perhaps inevitable. Considering Mian Nawazs relations with Sardar Attiques father, Sardar Abdul Qayyum, himself formerly both President and PM of AJK, contacting Mian Nawaz was a very slim hope, though Mian Nawaz has reportedly recruited Raja Farooq for his party. It is too much of a coincidence that when the freedom movement in the held part of the state should have reached such a pitch that the Indian government has called an all-parties conference, it is precisely the time that the government of the Free State should have plunged into a crisis, which does not reflect any conflict of principle, but merely the clash of personality between two members of the same party. At this particular juncture, the least the parties in Pakistan can do is to refrain from making their political wrangling spill over into AJK, as the PML-N seems to be doing. The PPP seems to have almost no role beyond its control over the AJKPP, whose members show a readiness to follow any AJKMC member willing to accommodate its leaders in the Cabinet. It should play a more proactive role, and as the ruling party of Pakistan, it must be sensitive to how the current crisis will affect the freedom struggle. As such, simply being passive will not suit the greater purposes of the party, and it must do more than support one AJKMC faction or the other. At this point, when the Kashmiris are struggling for their freedom from the brutal Indian yoke, the AJK government must fulfill its purpose, which is not just to provide a government for the Free State, but also to ensure that the freed part helps in the liberation of the occupied part. Thus, the present crisis is unedifying and has occurred at the wrong time. All that can be done is to bring it to a swift end, so that the freedom struggle can get its due attention. The political parties of Pakistan should ensure that the role they play must be positive, and must have the freedom struggle as its first priority.