AZAD Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan was removed from office through a no-confidence motion on Tuesday. He was replaced by Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan who took oath the same day. This is the first time that a prime minister has been forced to give up office by means of a no-confidence motion and has implications for the future political trajectory of the valley. Though the party All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference Mr Attique belongs to is one of the largest and enjoys popular support, it were the differences within the party and the creation of a forward block to which the incumbent belongs that led to his government's removal. Resentment against him had been brewing for some time. It was alleged in the resolution that while doing nothing to further the Kashmir cause, he had turned a blind eye to administrative tasks. He rejected these charges as baseless and complained that Islamabad had a hand in his toppling. Jammu and Kashmir People's Party president Sardar Khalid Ibrahim Khan tendered his resignation from the assembly's membership maintaining that the PPP at the centre had a hand in it. The charge should be probed. The no-confidence motion was carried out in accordance with the constitution. Sardar Attique greeted the new prime minister setting a good tradition of parliamentary behaviour. It is hoped that the new set-up would undertake economic uplift in AJK that in large part remains mired in poverty.