MIRPUR (AJK)-A group of local journalists boycotted the press conference of PTI AJK President and former prime minister Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry in protest against the indifferent and discriminatory attitude of the party’s local chapter including its media managers and the electioneering wing.

The ugly situation cropped up on Monday when a group of local journalists, affiliated with the national and state’s print and electronic media left the venue of the proposed press conference of Barrister Sultan Mahmood at Central Election office of the PTI in protest.

According to the spokesperson for the protesting journalists, the step has been taken for constantly ignoring local journalists in the issuance of advertisements of election campaign of Sultan, the PTI’s candidate in Mirpur city LA-III constituency in scheduled July 21 AJK general elections. The boycotting journalists also protested against the inordinate delay in the arrival of Barrister Sultan for over an hour, at the venue of the press conference.

The journalists maintained that despite the fact that the PTI AJK has collected funds to the tune of over Rs5 million from overseas Kashmiris and local activists in the head of publicity for electioneering of Barrister Sultan, the party (PTI) has not released any package of advertisements for publicity to the local print and electronic media in connection with the party’s election campaign.

Media managers of the local PTI wing requested the boycotting journalists to end the protest - but their request went in vein.

Meanwhile, talking to another group of journalists here Monday afternoon, PTI AJK President Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry asserted that the two-party electoral alliance of the PTI and Muslim Conference would form the next government in AJK after winning the scheduled July 21 elections with a landslide.

Mr Chaudhry emphasised that the AJK, the base camp of the Kashmir freedom struggle, direly needs a true public representative government which could play an effective role for the achievement of the Kashmiris legitimate right to self-determination.