AJK Legislative Assembly to elect new PM today

The Nation  |  Aug 04, 2021

Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Legislative Assembly is all set to meet today (Wednesday) to elect its Prime Minister. The voting for the premier election will start at 2:00pm.

According to details, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has nominated Abdul Qayyum Niazi for premiership while united opposition has provided the name of Chaudhry Latif.

Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) nominees Anwar-ul-Haq and Riaz Gujjar had become Speaker and Deputy Speaker of AJK Legislative Assembly.

During the session, Anwar-ul-Haq grabbed 32 votes and defeated opposition parties’ Faisal Rathore on speaker position. PTI’s Chaudhry Riaz Gujjar got 32 votes for deputy speaker post while Nisara Abbasi of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) got 15 votes.

Outgoing speaker Shah Ghulam Qadir also administered the oath to the newly-elected members of AJK Legislative Assembly.

It is to be mentioned here that PTI emerged as the largest political party in Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly in the recently-held elections on July 25. The party will form a government in the region as it has managed to secure a total number of 32 seats (including reserved seats).

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Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) won 12 seats while PML-N grabbed seven seats in the AJKLA. 

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