PoK PM Forced Out of Power in No-Confidence Vote

PoK PM Forced Out of Power in No-Confidence Vote
Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) 'Prime Minister' Attique Ahmed Khan, accused of corruption and incompetence, was forced out of office on Tuesday after the local assembly passed a no-confidence motion against him.

Sardar Yaqoob, who was elected the new Leader of the House in the PoK assembly, was administered the oath of office by 'president' Raja Zulqarnain Khan.

The move by dissidents to remove Attique, a supporter of former President Pervez Musharraf, had the backing of Pakistan's ruling PPP.

Thirty-one members in the 49-strong assembly backed the no-confidence motion while 15 opposed it. Two members abstained. One seat is empty following the death of a member.

The no-confidence motion was carried as dissident members of the ruling Muslim Conference party joined hands with opposition legislators to oust Attique, who was accused of corruption and incompetence.

The opposition also accused Attique of supporting Musharraf. Attique congratulated Yaqoob but denied all the charges levelled against him.

The government in PoK has usually been changed after a change of government in Pakistan.

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani congratulated Yaqoob on becoming the new leader of the house.
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