24 November, 2020

The End Of An Era

Abdul Qayyum cries foul as he loses power to the PPP in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir

The End Of An Era

AS the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) swept the June 30 elections in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK) and ousted the Muslim Conference, it didn't come as much of a surprise. Muslim Conference President and outgoing POK Prime Minister Sardar Abdul Qayyum's popularity had been on the decline for some time now. Qayyum, who had been at the helm of POK affairs for almost two decades, had been increasingly criticised on his style of governance and inattention to development activity. And his son Sardar Attiq's gross misuse of power didn't help matters.

Out of the 40 directly contested seats, results of 39 have been announced. While the PPP and its allies bagged 30 seats, Qayyum's party could only manage five. Twelve legislators are elected by refugees settled in Punjab, Sindh and the NorthWest Frontier Province. These seats tend to be controversial because their election is supervised by the Pakistani administration. In the last POK elections, when Nawaz Sharif, who is a political ally of Qayyum, was prime minister, all 12 refugee seats went to their two...



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