Muzaffarabad, Jan 7: The newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK), Sardar Yaqub, took oath of office on Tuesday, Jan 6. POK President Raja Zulqarnain Khan administered the oath on Tuesday, the Online reported.
Former POK Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmed was removed from office in a no-confidence vote amid allegations of corruption and nepotism; the Daily Times quoted sources, as saying.
Attique received only 17 votes against 31 in favour of Yaqub, they added. Attique accused the govt in Islamabad of engineering his ouster. Attique's supporters chanted anti-Zardari slogans outside the legislative assembly in Muzaffarabad.
"The central govt interfered in our political system at a time when India was planning to attack," he told reporters. Attique's ouster came amid a split in his Muslim Conference party. Yaqub leads the party's breakaway faction that has the backing of the opposition including the
PPP. Raja Farooq Haider, who introduced the no-confidence motion, claimed Attique's govt had been working for the partition of Kashmir.