PML-N defeated candidate
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Choudhary Muhammad Ismail Gujjar

GUJRANWALA: The PML-N candidate for the Azad Jammu and Kashmir elections from LA-35 Jammu-2, Choudhary Muhammad Ismail Gujjar, said Sunday he would “call India” if the local administration does not stop. “They (India) will be better if the (local administration) would not stop their activities”.

The PML-N leader was speaking to the media in Gujranwala near a polling station set up in the Government High School No2, where the deputy commissioner had allegedly kicked out PML-N and All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference’s polling agents.

Ch. Muhammad Ismail Gujjar was defeated in election by PTI candidate Ch. Maqbool Ahmed who bagged 18,934 votes and Ch. Gujjar could managed only 16,855 votes.

Following their exit from the polling station, the agents reportedly got into a heated argument with the deputy commissioner after which the polling process was halted there. Gujjar said his election camp was “dismantled” despite the presence of police personnel.

He warned his party would “also cause problems” if the polling process did not continue peacefully. “The DC had asked my polling agents to leave and threatened them,” the PMLN candidate said. He asked the government to take action, otherwise unrest will ensue “and people will die”.

Issuing a clarification later on Geo News, he said his statement was directed towards the administration. “India kills Kashmiris in [occupied Kashmir] and over here, these people are taking down our camps.” The polling time for residents of AJK looking to cast their vote to elect new members to the region’s Legislative Assembly ended at 5pm and counting is currently underway.

Show-cause notice

The PML-N on Monday has issued a show-cause notice Ismail Gujjar, one of its candidates for the AJK polls, over his comments on seeking India’s help.

PML-N Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal said that Gujjar, a PML-N candidate from LA-35, has been asked by the party to submit his written reply within seven days.

He added that Gujjar may face strict disciplinary action if he fails to provide a satisfactory answer to the party within seven days.

Speaking to media persons in Gujranwala on Sunday, PML-N candidate for Azad Jammu and Kashmir elections from LA-35 Jammu-2, Choudhary Muhammad Ismail Gujjar, had said he would “seek India’s help” if the local administration did not cooperate with him.

He had said this while talking to journalists near a polling station set up at Government High School No 2, where the deputy commissioner had allegedly kicked out PML-N and All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference’s polling agents.

Following their exit from the polling station, the agents had reportedly got into a heated argument with the deputy commissioner after which the polling process was halted.

Gujjar had said his election camp was “dismantled” despite the presence of police personnel.

He had warned his party would “also cause problems” if the polling process did not continue peacefully.

“The deputy commissioner had asked my polling agents to leave and threatened them,” the PML-N candidate had claimed.

PML-N candidate Chaudhry Ismail Gujjar passing remarks seeking India’s help.

He had asked the government to take action, otherwise unrest will ensue “and people will die”.

Issuing a clarification later on, he had said his statement was directed towards the administration. “India kills Kashmiris in occupied Kashmir and over here, these people are taking down our camps,” he had added.