Sherry Rehman, Pakistan's new ambassador to the US, talks to media representatives in Islamabad on November 23, 2011. Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on November 23 appointed lawmaker and former information minister Sherry Rehman as the country's new ambassador to the United States, an official said. The appointment came just hours after Gilani asked envoy Husain Haqqani to resign as the government investigates claims that he sought US help, allegedly at the president's behest, to limit the power of the Pakistani military. AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHI

Sherry Rehman asks for resignation of Farooq Haider

ISLAMABAD (NNI): Vice-President Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Sherry Rehman on Monday called for the resignation of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister, Raja Farooq Haider, following his statement pertaining to the annexation of AJK in the aftermath of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s ouster.

In a statement, Rehman said, “It was shocking to hear such a statement coming from the PM of AJK. His loyalty should be with Pakistan and the people of AJK. Questioning AJK’s allegiance to Pakistan over partisan loyalty to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is unacceptable.”

AJK’s Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider made his comments while addressing a joint press conference with Gilgit-Baltistan’s Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman on Sunday.

“The PM of AJK has lost his standing to stay in office for questioning AJK’s allegiance to Pakistan. His comment was irresponsible and has made a mockery of his office and the struggle of the Kashmiri people. He must resign immediately,” concluded the Senator.

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