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04.08.2021 13:56 News >> Prime Minister Abdul Qayyum Niazi: A Dark Horse Of Politics In Azad Kashmir

Prime Minister Abdul Qayyum Niazi: A Dark Horse Of Politics In Azad Kashmir

Little known politician wins intense race for premiership of Pakistan administered territory.

Little-known Abdul Qayyum Niazi turned out to be a dark horse, winning an intense race for the office of prime minister of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, also called Azad Kashmir.
Niazi, 61, was elected as a member of the Legislative Assembly in the July 25 elections from Poonch district, which lies on the Line of Control (LoC) – a de facto border that divides Jammu and Kashmir between nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India.
Until last week, he was not even in the race. His name echoed in the media after being interviewed by Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is also the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, which won majority seats in the polls.
Yet, political pundits did not consider him to be serious contender for the top office as he is a new entrant to the party.
His nomination superseded several top party leaders and strong candidates for the coveted post, particularly PTI Kashmir president and former premier Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry, and billionaire Sardar Tanveer Ilyas.
It is said that that a tug-of-war between the two heavyweights cleared the way for Niazi to get the prime minister's office.
His surname – Niazi – confuses many who consider him hailing from the tribe of the Pakistani premier. He, however, is from the Mughal community, which is scattered across Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.
Political career
Born in 1959, Niazi is a veteran politician who started his political journey as a district councilor.
Hailing from Darra Sher Khan village, which sits on the LoC, he was twice elected as a district councilor between 1980 and 1990.
He started his mainstream political journey from the platform of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference (JKMC) – the oldest political party of undivided Jammu and Kashmir – in the 2006 elections.
He managed to win his first election, and was appointed as food minister by the then-AJK Prime Minister Sardar Atiq Ahmad Khan. He also served as minister for prisons during the same tenure.
Niazi contested the next two elections representing JKMC – in 2011 and 2016 – but lost.
In October 2017, he joined the PTI, following its rise in the valley. He is also serving as the joint secretary of the PTI's AJK chapter. -



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