MIRPUR: Azad Jammu and Kashmir Election Commission has ordered Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur to leave the region.
The AJK election commission, in a letter written to the region’s chief Secretary, said that it had banned the federal minister from attending rallies and giving speeches. It added that the federal minister’s speeches are creating law and order problems in Azad Jammu and Kashmir
The election commission said that action was being taken against PTI candidates violating the code of conduct. It directed the chief secretary to immediately implement the instructions and submit a report in this regard at the earliest.
Last week, Azad Jammu and Kashmir Chief Election Commissioner Justice retired Abdul Rashid Sulehria, has written a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan requesting him to ensure that ministers observe the code of conduct.
The development comes after a video circulated on social media which shows Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur handing over a bundle of cash to some supporters in Mirpur constituency where he had gone to campaign.
A group of people gathered around Gandapur to complaining of a badly damaged road. They told him that they are looking to repair it with their own funds. The minister immediately handed them a donation of Rs500,000 which was recorded on video.
The chief election commissioner wrote to the prime minister and requested him to issue directives to federal ministers who are participating in the election campaign to ensure that no individual violates the code of conduct specified by the AJK government.