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AJK High Court stays PM election till Monday

Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) high court on Friday issued a stay order against the election of the prime minister in the legislative assembly on a writ petition filed by opposition leader Ch Latif Akbar and others.

Earlier, AJK Legislative Assembly met as was summoned by the speaker on a no-confidence motion but Prime Minister Abdul Qayoom Niazi resigned from his office last night and issued a schedule for the election after suspending two rules of procedure.

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The motion to suspend the rules was moved by member Assembly Abdul Majid Khan and was adopted by the House with a majority vote during the protest by opposition benches. Instantly, the speaker, while directing the Secretary Assembly to issue a schedule for the filing of nomination papers, prorogued the session till 4:30 pm to meet again to elect the prime minister.

Meanwhile, a writ petition by opposition leader Latif Akbar and others was being held in the high court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir against the procedural matters on which the high court reserved its order, and at 2:30 pm issued an interim order staying the electoral process in the Assembly till Monday. However, the ruling party and premiership candidate Sardar Tanveer Aliyas challenged the same order in the Supreme Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

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