MUZAFFARABAD: Renowned diplomat and former Ambassador to the United Nations and China, Muhammad Masood Khan, was elected 27th President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir by joint electoral college comprising 55 members of AJK Legislative Assembly and AJK Council with two third majority. He has secured 42 votes.
Masood Khan was nominated by the Muslim League (N) AJK as their Presidential candidate. Prime Minister AJK Raja Farooq Haider himself proposed the name of Masood Khan on behalf of his majority parliamentary party.
All Jammu & Kashmir Muslim Conference and Jamat-e-Islami also supported his candidature.
Masood Khan enjoys the confidence of AJK Assembly and AJK Council and in fact a wide political spectrum of Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan.
Masood Khan has thanked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his nomination and for reposing full confidence in him. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has appreciated the role of Masood Khan in highlighting the Kashmir cause during his various diplomatic assignments particularly during his tenure as Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN. After his election Mr. Khan has said that Kashmir liberation movement will get momentum and he will work hard for this cause.
Masood Khan has worked with the UN in New York and Geneva and other multilateral forums, for more than twenty years. He became President of the UN Security Council in January 2013. He was Chairman of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Geneva, where he also represented, as Chairman of the Group of 77 and China, 131 developing countries in various international organizations.
After election as President Azad Kashmir, Masood Khan vowed to work resolutely for the just of cause of freedom of oppressed people of the Indian Occupied Kashmir and to help with the development of AJK.
Masood Khan was born in Rawalakot, Poonch and studied there. He was retired in BPS-22 from Foreign Services.
With the election of Masood Khan, observers expect the Kashmir movement to gather momentum as the newly elected President has a proven record as an ardent campaigner for the rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions, end to Indian atrocities, and the initiation of a sustained, substantive and structured dialogue process to resolve disputes between India and Pakistan. ONLINE