ISLAMABAD - The general elections in Azad Jammu and Kashmir are likely to be held on May 25 and the governments of Pakistan, AJK and political parties have reportedly reached an informal understanding in this regard. Informed political sources shared with this newspaper that a formal announcement regarding May 25 as date for holding general elections in AJK was yet to be made but the top government functionaries had already chosen the aforementioned date for this purpose. Earlier on Saturday, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo had said in Lahore that the AJK general elections would be held in May and he would hold meetings with the political leaderships to finalise the elections date. According to sources, a decision to this effect, although not final, is already taken and senior leaders of Pakistan Peoples Party (Pakistan and AJK chapter) and Muslim Conference were reportedly part of the deliberations held in this connection. Final decision is yet to come but May 25 would likely be the final date for polls. The political parties and the governments are on the same page, sources said. The conduct of early elections through dissolution of AJK Legislative Assembly had been a subject of controversy in the AJK political circles. In August last year, senior PML-N AJK leader and former AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider had accused AJK PM Sardar Attique Ahmad Khan of mulling over dissolving the AJK Legislative Assembly to hold early elections. A move, Farooq alleged, aimed at adversely affecting the PML-N by denying it the time to prepare for general elections. In addition, former Speaker AJK LA, Shah Ghulam Qadir, had accused the AJK PM of planning to dissolve the AJK LA and hold early polls in order to abolish AJKs administrative character and make it Pakistans province on de facto patterns the way Gilgit-Baltistan was declared province. The PML-N leaders had also accused the AJK government of trying to co-opt the twelve refugees seats of AJK LA with the eight reserved seats. Moreover, in January this year, Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo had hinted during an interview with The Nation that AJK general elections could be scheduled in April if the AJK LA was dissolved due to tough weather conditions in the months ahead. Last month, the AJK PM, when asked by The Nation, had denied that he was planning to dissolve AJK LA and had termed the dissolution of Legislative Assembly as an unconstitutional step. The PM had said that he had sworn in as PM AJK on July 26, 2006 and constitutionally, the specified timeframe for conducting AJK general polls was May 25 to July 25 and the general polls would be held within this time period.