Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed on Tuesday sacked a member of his cabinet who had clandestinely applied for the PML-N ticket for the upcoming polls about a week ago.
"In exercise of his powers under section 14 (3) of the Interim Constitution Act, 1974, the prime minister has removed Muhammad Akbar Chaudhry, minister for trade and industry, from the cabinet with immediate effect," said a notification by the Services and General Administration Department.
However, the minister, who is commonly known as Akbar Ibrahim, claimed that he had himself resigned from the cabinet to join the PML-N.
"I have decided to join the PML-N and I will contest the upcoming polls on its ticket to return to the assembly, and that's why I have tendered my resignation," Mr Ibrahim told some reporters.
"In politics you are supposed to serve the people, a goal which you cannot achieve if you are not part of the government…. I have taken this decision after proper consultations with my colleagues and supporters in the larger interest of my constituency," he added.
Ibrahim had won the 2006 and 2011 elections from LA 34, Jammu and others-V, one of the 12 constituencies of the PaK Assembly located in Pakistan, apparently as an independent candidate but with the full backing of the PML-Q, led by the Chaudhries of Gujrat.
From 2006 to 2011, he remained a cabinet member in three out of four governments in PaK, and has held the ministerial berth from the day one of the sitting PPP government, except for a gap of seven weeks after an abortive no-trust move against Majeed in July 2013.
On April 5, he had applied for the PML-N ticket, but two days after submitting his application, had also attended the cabinet meeting under Majeed.
On being question by this scribe, he had denied to have submitted any application, but he had admitted that he was being asked by the local (Gujrat) chapter of PML-N to contest the upcoming polls from their side.
A source in the PPP told Greater Kashmir that his 'unethical' act had been discussed at party's top level, "following which it was decided to send him packing without further ado."
Meanwhile, also on Tuesday, Ms Faryal Talpur MNA invited minister for rehabilitation and population welfare, Abdul Majid Khan, to persuade him to contest the upcoming elections on the PPP ticket.
However, Khan, who has won two previous polls as an independent candidate, reportedly maintained that contesting election from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on the PPP ticket would prove counter productive, and he would prefer to enter the fray as an independent candidate.