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Jhelum Valley Authorities Crack Down on Illegal Foreign Residents

Hattian Bala: (Azadi Times) In a proactive...

Mirpur: Youth Injured After Getting Entangled in Cable TV Wire

Mirpur: Ali Qadir, a hardworking young man,...

Hattian Bala: Man Sets Himself on Fire Over Land Dispute

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Jhelum Valley Authorities Crack Down on Illegal Foreign Residents


Hattian Bala: (Azadi Times) In a proactive move to implement the National Action Plan, the Jhelum Valley district administration and police have initiated a robust operation targeting illegal foreign residents (non state) in the Hattian Bala.

Late-night raids by Hattian Bala resulted in the apprehension of non-registered and non-state individuals, who were subsequently handed over to the city police station after filing cases against them.

Under the directives of Deputy Commissioner Jhelum, Syed Ashfaq Gilani, and SSP Jhelum, Valley Marza Zahid Hussain, Assistant Commissioner Hattian Bala Iyaz Ahmed Chughtai, along with SHO City Naveed ul Hassan, led the operation, which took place on Thursday and Friday nights.

Thirteen foreign individuals (non state) residing in hotels, rented residential rooms, and shops were arrested during the operation, and legal proceedings were initiated against them under sections 55/109, leading to their detention.

Recent incidents, including the abduction attempt of a student from a swimming club and an endeavor to lure a two-year-old girl from Chinar Village by a foreign national, prompted swift action from the district administration and police against illegally residing foreign individuals.

Assistant Commissioner Hattian Bala Iyaz Chughtai emphasized the ongoing stringent measures, including search operations and legal actions, against such individuals across the district.

Property owners were reminded of their obligation to inform the local police station when renting out accommodation, shops, or rooms to foreigners.

Failure to comply with this requirement would result in strict legal consequences as part of the National Action Plan. Local residents were advised to ensure that foreign individuals sign lease agreements with the local police to avoid legal repercussions and disturbances.

Mirpur: Youth Injured After Getting Entangled in Cable TV Wire


Mirpur: Ali Qadir, a hardworking young man, faced a horrifying ordeal while commuting from Mirpur to Mangla. He got entangled in a hanging cable TV wire while riding his motorcycle, causing him to fall to the ground and suffer injuries.

Eyewitnesses reported that Ali Qadir was seen writhing in pain after the accident. Promptly, other workers present at the scene, who were engaged in late-night cable repair work, rushed to his aid. They immediately transferred the severely injured young man to a government hospital for medical treatment.

Later, upon receiving initial medical assistance, Ali Qadir was discharged from the hospital and sent back home. However, his condition remains critical, raising concerns among his family and community members.

According to details, the cable is owned by a local resident named Sharif, who operates under the name “A TO Z Cable” in the Chatter Mangla area. Ali Qadir, son of Muhammad Younis, a resident of Sab Check, Mangla, was returning home after completing his tailoring work at the Mall Plaza when the incident occurred.

Witnesses reported that the negligence of the cable workers, who were operating without proper safety measures, led to the hanging wire entangling Ali Qadir. As a result, he fell to the ground, resembling a fish out of water, before being rushed to the nearby hospital.

It is pertinent to mention that several incidents involving cable workers have resulted in fatalities due to the lack of safety precautions and awareness about the dangers associated with cable operations. The community demands swift action from the authorities to prevent such accidents in the future and ensure the safety of citizens.

The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of implementing proper safety protocols and raising awareness among cable operators and workers to prevent similar tragedies from occurring.

Hattian Bala: Man Sets Himself on Fire Over Land Dispute


Hattian Bala: (Azadi Times) In a heart-wrenching turn of events, Hafiz Chowk witnesses a distressing incident as Syed Talib Hussain Shah, a resident of Hattian Bala, immolates himself amidst a land dispute. The dispute, reportedly, had escalated tensions in the area, leading to this extreme act.

According to sources, the dispute over land ownership had been brewing for some time, with both parties entrenched in a legal battle. However, the situation took a tragic turn when Shah, feeling the weight of injustice and allegedly succumbing to pressure from local mafias, decided to take matters into his own hands.

Eyewitnesses recount the harrowing scene as Shah, in a state of distress, poured petrol over himself before igniting the flames. Prompt intervention from bystanders prevented further harm, but Shah sustained severe injuries and was immediately rushed to CMH Muzaffarabad in critical condition.

The incident has sparked outrage on social media, who question the efficacy of the justice system in resolving such disputes and protecting the vulnerable. Calls for accountability and justice echo through the community, demanding an end to the cycle of violence and exploitation.

As the authorities investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident, the broader implications of unchecked disputes and the plight of marginalized individuals in the face of systemic challenges come to the forefront. The need for comprehensive reforms and a concerted effort to address underlying issues becomes increasingly urgent in the pursuit of a just society.

In the wake of this tragedy, the question lingers: where is justice when it is needed the most? The incident serves as a stark reminder of the complexities and injustices embedded within society, urging stakeholders to take meaningful action towards a more equitable future.

Challenges Faced by Azad Kashmir Newspaper Vendors Highlighted Amid Flour Crisis


Muzaffarabad (Azadi Times): Even during the blessed month of Ramadan, newspaper vendors, who are the backbone of the newspaper industry, struggle to obtain government flour to feed their children.

They lament the disparity, questioning why government aid seems reserved for the affluent while neglecting the needs of the poor. Despite complaints to Prime Minister Azad Kashmir and futile attempts to engage the Secretary of Food, the issue remains unresolved.

The Distribution and Food Control Department’s (DFC) efforts appear limited to mere photo sessions, failing to address the pressing issue of government flour scarcity.

In response to the dire situation, newspaper vendors staged a protest, criticizing the government and the food department for their indifference. Speaking to the media, representatives of the newspaper vendor union voiced frustration, highlighting that government flour appears to be reserved solely for the privileged few. Despite repeated appeals and communication with the DFC in Muzaffarabad, their pleas seem to fall on deaf ears.

Newspaper vendors play a vital role in ensuring newspapers reach doorsteps and offices promptly, regardless of weather conditions. Yet, they lament being neglected and treated unfairly by the state.

They call upon the Azad Kashmir government to take immediate action to address the plight of newspaper vendors in Muzaffarabad division and across the entire state. Failing intervention, they threaten to escalate their protest to a statewide campaign.

Political Tensions Rise as No-Confidence Motion Resurfaces in Azad Kashmir


Muzaffarabad (Azadi Times – March 19, 2024) Central Giant Secretary of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, leader of the opposition, government ally President Muslim League (N) Shah Ghulam Qadir, former Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan, PPP Azad Kashmir President Chaudhry Muhammad Yasin and former prime minister Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan have been asked to submit the assembly meeting to the assembly secretariat for requisitioning.

In the meeting, 954 sacked Beldarans of the Forest Department, hundreds of male and female officials of MNCH, and hundreds of employees of the Civil Secretariat on strike for about 15 days can be discussed in the assembly.

Khawaja Farooq Ahmed said that the movement Insaf would have submitted a requisition to call a meeting if he had a numerical majority, you are the heads of both the coalition parties and the most senior leaders, if you are seriously interested in the stand/demands of these striking employees, call the meeting immediately.

Submit a requisition in the Assembly Secretariat for this, Tehreek-e-Insaaf will be with you in this matter women are sitting on strike with their children in this month of Ramadan, 954 of our Beldarans are on strike and the employees of the Secretariat are also on strike.

Under the circumstances, the assemblies are held to discuss the problems/demands of the people, the assemblies are not established just to get privileges, salaries, and protocols, you two alliance parties have such a majority that you can call the meeting on your own. The Prime Minister does not have to call the meeting, you can call it.

It is the duty of both the coalition parties, including the opposition, to play their part in the Assembly to end the sit-ins and protests of these striking employees and to resolve their legitimate demands.

Call on the forum, when there will be a debate in the assembly, then the government officials will also have to give the government’s position on the assembly forum.

You Muslim League-N, PPP, whose number of members is sufficient to requisition the meeting, will submit the requisition to the assembly secretariat today so that the speaker is forced to call the assembly meeting without the will of the government, the speaker also with your support.

Therefore, there will be no difficulty in convening the meeting, we sincerely hope that when the assembly meeting is held, there will be some solution to the demands of these thousands of striking employees, and these strikes and sit-ins will end

Pathyali Project: Azad Kashmir’s Planning Minister Oversees Launch of 500KV Initiative


Muzaffarabad (Azadi Times Latest – March 19, 2024): Azad Kashmir’s Minister for Planning, Development, and Energy, Chaudhry Rasheed, has announced the commencement of the 500 kV Pathyali project under the supervision of the Azad Jammu Kashmir Planning and Development Department.

He emphasized that eliminating darkness from the state is a paramount goal of the current government, and steps are being taken to realize this ambition.

These remarks were made during a conversation with prominent Kashmiri political and social leader, contractor Sabir Mughal. Minister Rasheed highlighted the potential of Azad Kashmir to harness electricity from natural resources, which will contribute to the production of affordable electricity.

Addressing the issue of climate change, Minister Rasheed underscored the importance of increasing the electricity supply while conserving forests. He also mentioned several planned industrial projects and encouraged investment in Azad Kashmir, emphasizing the region’s potential for both tourism and hydroelectric power generation.

Minister Rasheed noted the completion of one phase of the Jagaran project and the ongoing expansion of its second phase, which is expected to significantly enhance power supply.

Furthermore, Minister Rasheed stressed the necessity of improving the electricity distribution system in tandem with increasing electricity production. He emphasized the importance of enforcing regulations to achieve this objective.

Regarding governance, Minister Rasheed expressed confidence in the Azad Kashmir government’s progress, asserting that the era of corruption is over. He affirmed that such unethical practices will not find a place in the region’s future political landscape.

March 16 Jammu and Kashmir State Formation Day is Beinh Obsessed on Both Sides of the Divide


MIRPUR: (Azadi Times) March 16th marks a significant day in the history of Jammu and Kashmir, as it commemorates the formation of the state under the Amritsar Treaty. This historical milestone is observed with reverence and pride on both sides of the occupied state of Jammu Kashmir, symbolizing the shared heritage and aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

On this momentous occasion, Kashmiris worldwide pay tribute to the founders of the state, recognizing their contributions to shaping its identity and destiny. Overseas Kashmiri communities join in the celebrations, honoring the sacrifices and struggles of their ancestors in establishing the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir.

State Formation Day in Jammu and Kashmir:
In the state of Jammu and Kashmir, March 16th is celebrated as State Formation Day, marking the signing of the Amritsar Treaty that conferred princely status upon the region. The day serves as a reminder of the state’s rich history and cultural heritage, fostering a sense of unity and belonging among its inhabitants.

As the people of Jammu and Kashmir commemorate State Formation Day, they reflect on the vision of their founders and leaders who laid the groundwork for the state’s development and progress. It is a time to honor their legacy and reaffirm commitment to upholding the principles of democracy, justice, and inclusivity.

Across the Line of Control, in Azad Kashmir, March 16th is also celebrated with enthusiasm and fervor as Jammu Kashmir State Formation Day. The occasion is marked by cultural events, seminars, and gatherings, where the people reaffirm their allegiance to the principles of self-determination and freedom.

As Jammu and Kashmir State Formation Day is observed on both sides of the divide, it serves as a poignant reminder of the region’s complex history and shared destiny. Despite the challenges and divisions, the Kashmiri people unite in honoring their past, celebrating their resilience, and reaffirming their commitment to a peaceful and prosperous future.

Muzaffarabad Sehar & Iftar Timing for Ramzan 2024 (Fiqa Hanfi & Fiqa Jafri)


Muzaffarabad Sehri & Iftar Timings for Fiqa Hanafi (Next 30 Days)

This table provides the Sehri and Iftar timings for the next 30 days in Muzaffarabad according to the Fiqa Hanafi Islamic school of thought. Utilize this information to plan your upcoming Roza (fasts) based on Fiqa Hanafi timings.

Please note: Sehri and Iftar timings may vary slightly depending on the specific location within Muzaffarabad. It is recommended to consult with your local mosque for the most accurate timings.

DateSehr TimeIftaar Time
Mar 12 202404:57 AM06:16 PM
Mar 13 202404:55 AM06:16 PM
Mar 14 202404:54 AM06:17 PM
Mar 15 202404:53 AM06:18 PM
Mar 16 202404:51 AM06:19 PM
Mar 17 202404:50 AM06:20 PM
Mar 18 202404:48 AM06:20 PM
Mar 19 202404:47 AM06:21 PM
Mar 20 202404:45 AM06:22 PM
Mar 21 202404:44 AM06:23 PM
Mar 22 202404:43 AM06:24 PM
Mar 23 202404:41 AM06:24 PM
Mar 24 202404:40 AM06:25 PM
Mar 25 202404:38 AM06:26 PM
Mar 26 202404:37 AM06:27 PM
Mar 27 202404:35 AM06:28 PM
Mar 28 202404:34 AM06:28 PM
Mar 29 202404:32 AM06:29 PM
Mar 30 202404:31 AM06:30 PM
Mar 31 202404:29 AM06:31 PM
Apr 01 202404:27 AM06:31 PM
Apr 02 202404:26 AM06:32 PM
Apr 03 202404:24 AM06:33 PM
Apr 04 202404:23 AM06:34 PM
Apr 05 202404:21 AM06:34 PM
Apr 06 202404:20 AM06:35 PM
Apr 07 202404:18 AM06:36 PM
Apr 08 202404:17 AM06:37 PM
Apr 09 202404:15 AM06:38 PM
Apr 10 202404:14 AM06:38 PM
Muzaffarabad Fiqa Hanafi Sehar & Iftar Timing 2024

Muzaffarabad Sehri & Iftar Timings for Fiqa Jafria (Next 30 Days)

This table provides the Sehri and Iftar timings for the next 30 days in Muzaffarabad according to the Fiqa Jafria Islamic school of thought. Utilize this information to plan your upcoming Roza (fasts) based on Fiqa Jafria timings.

Please note: Sehri and Iftar timings may vary slightly depending on the specific location within Muzaffarabad. It is recommended to consult with your local mosque for the most accurate timings.

DateShia Sehr TimeShia Iftaar Time
Mar 12 202404:47 AM06:26 PM
Mar 13 202404:45 AM06:26 PM
Mar 14 202404:44 AM06:27 PM
Mar 15 202404:43 AM06:28 PM
Mar 16 202404:41 AM06:29 PM
Mar 17 202404:40 AM06:30 PM
Mar 18 202404:38 AM06:30 PM
Mar 19 202404:37 AM06:31 PM
Mar 20 202404:35 AM06:32 PM
Mar 21 202404:34 AM06:33 PM
Mar 22 202404:33 AM06:34 PM
Mar 23 202404:31 AM06:34 PM
Mar 24 202404:30 AM06:35 PM
Mar 25 202404:28 AM06:36 PM
Mar 26 202404:27 AM06:37 PM
Mar 27 202404:25 AM06:38 PM
Mar 28 202404:24 AM06:38 PM
Mar 29 202404:22 AM06:39 PM
Mar 30 202404:21 AM06:40 PM
Mar 31 202404:19 AM06:41 PM
Apr 01 202404:17 AM06:41 PM
Apr 02 202404:16 AM06:42 PM
Apr 03 202404:14 AM06:43 PM
Apr 04 202404:13 AM06:44 PM
Apr 05 202404:11 AM06:44 PM
Apr 06 202404:10 AM06:45 PM
Apr 07 202404:08 AM06:46 PM
Apr 08 202404:07 AM06:47 PM
Apr 09 202404:05 AM06:48 PM
Apr 10 202404:04 AM06:48 PM
Muzaffarabad Fiqa Jafri Sehar & Iftar timing

Stay Organized for Ramadan with the Muzaffarabad Sehri & Iftar Calendar

Planning your Ramadan fasts in Muzaffarabad just got easier! This comprehensive calendar provides all the essential information you need to manage your upcoming Roza.

Benefits of this Calendar:

  • Accurate Timings: Get the precise Sehri (pre-dawn meal) and Iftar (evening break fast) timings for Muzaffarabad throughout Ramadan.
  • Double Reference: See both Gregorian and Hijri calendar dates for easy planning.
  • Convenience: This calendar is accessible online, eliminating the need for physical downloads.
  • Applicability: While specifically designed for Muzaffarabad, locations near the city can likely follow the same timings (consider consulting your local mosque for confirmation).

Additional Tips:

  • Share this calendar with friends and family in Muzaffarabad fasting during Ramadan.
  • Utilize alarms or reminders based on the Sehri timings to ensure you don’t miss the pre-dawn meal.
  • Prepare for Iftar in advance by planning meals or having groceries readily available.

Remember: While this calendar provides a valuable resource, slight variations in timings might occur depending on your specific location within Muzaffarabad. For the most accurate timings, consult your local mosque.

Young Woman from AJK Brutally Murdered in Rawalpindi, Family Seeks Justice


RAWALAKOT: (Azadi Times) In a tragic incident, a 22-year-old woman named Hafsa Jamshaid, hailing from the district of Rawalakot, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), was brutally murdered in Rawalpindi’s Dhok Najoo area.

According to details, Hafsa had been residing in Rawalpindi for the past ten months, working at a shopping mart. She had been missing since March 7th, with her family making frantic attempts to contact her friends, to no avail. It was only on March 9th that her body was discovered in her room, bearing signs of violence on her face and head, indicating she was a victim of assault and murder.

Hafsa’s brother, Zauriz Jamshaid, speaking to the media, expressed shock and disbelief over the incident, emphasizing that they had no enmity with anyone. He revealed that their attempts to contact Hafsa’s friends had been futile, and suspicions arose when her close associates showed ignorance of her whereabouts.

The family alleged that the local police had initially shown reluctance in registering a First Information Report (FIR) and had only done so upon persistent requests. However, they lamented the lack of seriousness in investigating the matter thoroughly.

Amidst their grief and anguish, the family demanded justice from the AJK government and administrative authorities, urging for a transparent and impartial investigation into the heinous crime. They called for swift action against the perpetrators and appealed to human rights organizations and governmental representatives to intervene and ensure that the culprits are swiftly brought to justice.

The incident has sparked outrage among the local community, raising concerns about the safety and security of women. Many have joined the family in their quest for justice, questioning how long such atrocities will continue unabated and emphasizing the need for immediate and decisive action.

The Human Rights Movement International has also joined the chorus of voices demanding justice, urging law enforcement agencies to expedite the arrest of the culprits and provide solace to the victim’s grieving family.

As investigations into the brutal murder unfold, the family remains haunted by unanswered questions, with their demand for justice echoing across the region.

A Test for Azad Kashmir: Can the New AJK Accountability Bureau Deliver?


A wooden gavel and scales of justice symbolizing transparency and ethical standards in Azad Kashmir.


The AJK Accountability Bureau in Azad Kashmir has been a pivotal development in the region’s governance and oversight landscape. As a new institution dedicated to ensuring transparency and accountability, its establishment marks a significant step towards combating corruption and malpractice. In this article, we will delve into the intricacies of the Accountability Bureau in Azad Kashmir and assess its potential to deliver on its mandate.

Overview of Azad Kashmir AJK Accountability Bureau in

  • The emergence of the Accountability Bureau signifies a concerted effort to address issues of accountability and integrity within Azad Kashmir’s administrative framework.
  • It represents a proactive approach towards combating corruption and upholding ethical standards in governance.

Significance of the New Accountability Bureau

  • The establishment of this institution holds substantial importance for the socio-political landscape of Azad Kashmir, as it aims to instill trust and confidence in public institutions.
  • Its role in promoting good governance and ethical conduct among public officials is crucial for fostering sustainable development and progress.

Purpose of the Article

This article seeks to provide an insightful analysis of the challenges, achievements, and potential of the new Accountability Bureau in Azad Kashmir. By examining its establishment, key figures, challenges, controversies, media influence, and the role of local body elections, we aim to offer a comprehensive perspective on the bureau’s efficacy.

The Establishment of Accountability Bureau in Azad Kashmir

The establishment of the Accountability Bureau in Azad Kashmir took place during the People’s Party government led by President Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry. This initiative was a significant step towards ensuring transparency and accountability in the region. The aim was to combat corruption and hold public officials accountable for their actions.

Leadership and Structure

Justice Retired Basharat Sheikh was appointed as the chairman of the Accountability Bureau, bringing his expertise and experience to lead the organization effectively. Alongside him, a serving Brigadier was appointed as the vice-chairman, further strengthening the bureau’s capabilities.

The appointment of these key individuals demonstrated a commitment to establishing a robust accountability mechanism in Azad Kashmir. With their extensive knowledge and understanding of legal matters and governance, they were well-equipped to tackle corruption and promote good governance.

Important Arrests

During their tenure, the Accountability Bureau made several important arrests, showcasing their determination to root out corruption within the region. Some notable arrests include:

  1. Sardar Akhtar Hussain Rabbani: A minister in Barrister Sultan Mahmood’s cabinet, Rabbani was arrested for his alleged involvement in corrupt practices.
  2. Chaudhry Tariq Farooq: Apprehended for allegedly accepting money for his son’s medical treatment, Farooq’s arrest highlighted the bureau’s commitment to ensuring that public resources are used appropriately.
  3. Sher Bagh Sardar Qamar-ul-Zaman: Following allegations of corruption, Zaman, who held a prominent position in the region, was transferred to Thori Safe House (Jail).
  4. Khawaja Farooq Ahmed: A well-known politician in Azad Kashmir, Ahmed was arrested under corruption charges, emphasizing that no one would be exempt from scrutiny.

These arrests made by the Accountability Bureau highlighted the commitment of the organization to upholding the principles of transparency and accountability. By bringing those involved in corruption to justice, the bureau aimed to restore public trust in the government and ensure a fair and just society for all.

Key Figures in the Accountability Bureau

Discussing key individuals involved in the major arrests made by the Accountability Bureau, including Sardar Akhtar Hussain Rabbani, Chaudhry Tariq Farooq, Sher Bagh Sardar Qamar-ul-Zaman, and Khawaja Farooq Ahmed.

The Accountability Bureau in Azad Kashmir has made significant strides in holding individuals accountable for corruption and malpractices. A few key figures have been at the forefront of these major arrests, showcasing the bureau’s commitment to upholding transparency and justice.

Sardar Akhtar Hussain Rabbani

Sardar Akhtar Hussain Rabbani, a former minister in Barrister Sultan Mahmood’s cabinet, was one of the prominent figures arrested by the Accountability Bureau. His arrest sent a strong message that no individual, regardless of their position or influence, is above the law. This bold move demonstrated the bureau’s determination to root out corruption at all levels of governance.

Chaudhry Tariq Farooq

Another notable arrest made by the Accountability Bureau was that of Chaudhry Tariq Farooq. His arrest for alleged financial misconduct related to his son’s medical treatment underscored the bureau’s unwavering commitment to investigate and prosecute individuals involved in corrupt practices, irrespective of their personal circumstances.

Sher Bagh Sardar Qamar-ul-Zaman

Sher Bagh Sardar Qamar-ul-Zaman’s transfer to Thori Safe House (Jail) following his involvement in corrupt activities further emphasized the bureau’s proactive approach to ensuring accountability among public officials. The swift action taken against individuals like Sardar Qamar-ul-Zaman reflects the bureau’s dedication to fostering a culture of integrity within governmental institutions.

Khawaja Farooq Ahmed

The arrest of Khawaja Farooq Ahmed in Muzaffarabad served as a pivotal moment in highlighting the effectiveness of the Accountability Bureau’s efforts to combat corruption. By targeting individuals across various regions of Azad Kashmir, the bureau demonstrated its commitment to impartially enforcing accountability measures throughout the territory.

These key figures illustrate the significant impact of the Accountability Bureau’s actions in Azad Kashmir. By apprehending individuals from diverse backgrounds and positions of influence, the bureau has reinforced its role as a pivotal force in promoting ethical governance and transparency within the region.

Challenges and Controversies Surrounding the Accountability Bureau

The Accountability Bureau in Azad Kashmir has encountered several challenges and controversies, raising concerns about its effectiveness and fairness. These hurdles have the potential to undermine public trust and confidence in the institution.

1. Arrest of Ghazi Shahzad by AJK Police

One of the prominent challenges faced by the Accountability Bureau was the arrest of Ghazi Shahzad by AJK Police. This incident raised questions about the jurisdiction and authority of different law enforcement agencies, creating a complex legal landscape for accountability efforts. The arrest sparked public debate and scrutiny regarding the overlapping roles of various security forces in Azad Kashmir.

2. Examination of Vindictive Tendencies by Chairman Mushtaq Janjua

Moreover, there have been discussions surrounding the perceived vindictive tendencies displayed by Chairman Mushtaq Janjua. Allegations of selective targeting and biased investigations have surfaced, leading to doubts about the neutrality and objectivity of the Accountability Bureau’s operations. Such controversies can erode the bureau’s credibility and hinder its ability to fulfill its mandate effectively.

These challenges and controversies underscore the intricate nature of accountability initiatives in Azad Kashmir and emphasize the need for transparency, impartiality, and adherence to due process within the Accountability Bureau.

The evolving landscape of accountability in Azad Kashmir demands a balanced approach that addresses these challenges while upholding the principles of justice and fairness. It is imperative for the Accountability Bureau to navigate these obstacles prudently to foster public confidence and deliver on its commitment to combat corruption and malfeasance effectively.

Role of Media and Public Opinion

The media plays a crucial role in shaping public opinion about the Accountability Bureau in Azad Kashmir. How the Bureau’s actions and decisions are covered and presented by the media greatly affects how people view its effectiveness and trustworthiness. Here are some important points to understand:

Media Influence

The media has a significant impact on spreading information and influencing public opinion. How news organizations report on the activities of the Accountability Bureau can sway how people perceive it, either positively or negatively. Biased or exaggerated reporting can undermine the Bureau’s work, while fair and accurate coverage can help build trust in its operations.

Prime Minister Chaudhry Anwar-ul-Haq’s Stance

The stance of Prime Minister Chaudhry Anwar-ul-Haq on media coverage of the Accountability Bureau is important. His support for open and fair reporting can contribute to creating a positive image of the Bureau. On the other hand, any attempts to control or manipulate media coverage may raise concerns about transparency and fairness.

The relationship between the media, public opinion, and the functioning of the Accountability Bureau is complex. We need to carefully examine how media stories influence what the public thinks and expects when it comes to holding people accountable in Azad Kashmir.

Recognizing the influential role of media in shaping public opinion about the Accountability Bureau highlights the importance of responsible and ethical journalism. Journalists need to be transparent, accurate, and unbiased in their reporting to promote informed discussions about accountability and governance.

The Significance of Local Body Elections in Ensuring Accountability

Local body elections play a crucial role in ensuring effective accountability mechanisms in Azad Kashmir. By exploring the link between local democracy and accountability, we can understand how these elections contribute to a transparent and accountable governance system. However, it is important to acknowledge the challenges faced by local elections from the federal government and political parties.

Exploring the Link

Local body elections provide a platform for the people of Azad Kashmir to directly participate in decision-making processes at the grassroots level. Through these elections, individuals are elected as representatives who are accountable to their respective constituencies. This system fosters a sense of ownership among the citizens and allows them to actively engage in shaping their communities.

Moreover, local bodies serve as a bridge between the government and the people. They act as intermediaries, voicing the concerns and aspirations of their constituents to higher authorities. This ensures that the needs and priorities of the local population are taken into consideration during policy-making processes.

Opposition Faced

Despite their significance, local body elections in Azad Kashmir have faced opposition from both the federal government and certain political parties. The federal government has been reluctant to provide adequate security forces for these elections, raising concerns about potential interference or disruption by external elements. Additionally, some political parties have opposed local elections due to their fear of losing control over power dynamics at the grassroots level.

However, despite these challenges, Prime Minister Chaudhry Anwar-ul-Haq’s administration successfully conducted local body elections. Despite facing opposition from various quarters, his strong leadership ensured that these elections were held, allowing for increased democratic participation and accountability at the local level.

In conclusion, local body elections hold immense significance in ensuring accountability in Azad Kashmir. They provide an avenue for citizens to actively participate in decision-making processes and hold their elected representatives accountable. The successful conduction of these elections under Prime Minister Chaudhry Anwar-ul-Haq’s administration is a testament to the commitment towards transparent and accountable governance. By prioritizing local democracy, Azad Kashmir takes a crucial step forward in establishing effective accountability mechanisms that benefit the welfare of its people.


The prospects of the new Accountability Bureau in Azad Kashmir to deliver on its mandate are fraught with both challenges and opportunities. As the bureau takes on the responsibility of holding public officials accountable, it faces a myriad of obstacles that may hinder its effectiveness. However, the establishment of this bureau also presents a significant opportunity to foster transparency and integrity within the government.

Key Points to Consider

  • The accountability bureau has already made major arrests, signaling its commitment to combat corruption and malpractice.
  • The involvement of key figures in these arrests underscores the bureau’s determination to pursue justice.
  • Challenges and controversies have emerged, raising concerns about the bureau’s ability to function impartially and effectively.
  • The role of media and public opinion will continue to influence the perception of the bureau’s actions and impact on governance.

The success of the new Accountability Bureau in Azad Kashmir hinges on its ability to navigate these challenges while upholding its mandate with integrity and fairness. The future of accountability in Azad Kashmir rests on the bureau’s capacity to address these obstacles and deliver on its promise to hold public officials accountable for their actions.