Islamabad: Pakistan-occupied Kashmir`s
"Prime Minister" Raja Farooq Haider on Monday resigned to avoid
facing a no-trust vote.
A group of 18 out of 25 ministers had recently
resigned and the PoK legislative assembly was scheduled to
take up the no-confidence motion tomorrow.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, Haider said
he had sent his resignation to "President" Raja Zulqarnain.
Haider alleged that the Pakistan People`s Party, which
is in power at the centre, was behind the no-confidence motion
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was involved in a
"conspiracy" to remove him, Haider further alleged.
The names of persons who are not even members of the
PoK assembly were mentioned in the motion, he contended.
Haider said ministers had been making demands that
their sons should be recruited in high positions and that
their relatives should be appointed as judges.
"I worked for nine months in the benefit of Pakistan,"
an angry Haider said.
He also alleged that there was interference from the
Haider is the third "prime minister" of PoK to resign
in four years. He was also the third person to be elected to
the post by the current assembly.
Senior PPP leader and Information Minister Qamar Zaman
Kaira said Haider`s Muslim Conference party was facing a rift
and this is the main reason for his resignation.
Kaira said the federal government had no role in the
matter. He also pointed out that the PPP has only seven
members in the PoK assembly.
The legislative assembly is expected to elect a new
"prime minister" soon.