ISLAMABAD: PTI candidate Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi was elected as the new prime minister of Azad Kashmir Wednesday by a comfortable margin.
After the polling halted and the votes were being counted, Abdul Qayyum Niazi secured the prime ministership by a comfortable margin, bagging 33 votes. PPP and PML-N’s joint candidate, Chaudhry Lateef Akbar managed to win only 15 votes.
Niazi is the 13th prime minister of Azad Kashmir and will take over the reins of the territory from Raja Farooq Haider. Earlier today, Prime Minister Imran Khan had nominated Abdul Qayyum Niazi as the PTI’s candidate for the post of AJK prime minister.
Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry had stated that the prime minister made the decision after “considerable consultations and suggestions”.
“He [Niazi] is a vibrant, genuine political worker whose heart beats with the party’s political workers,” Chaudhry had tweeted.
Abdul Qayyum Niazi won the AJK polls from the LA-18 constituency. He was not among the leading candidates for the prized post. Initially, Barristers Sultan Mahmood and Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan were being considered as the AJK PM.