LAHORE, Special Assistant to Chief Minister (SACM) Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Wednesday said that prime minister-elect of Azad Kashmir Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi was nominated for the slot by Prime Minister Imran Khan for his true affiliation with the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) which was a step towards bringing real change in the AJK.
She said that by nominating Abdul Qayyum Niazi as PTI candidate for AJK prime minister, the PTI had laid the foundation of a change and genuine representation of the people of the region.
Talking to the media after inaugurating development works at journalist colony here, the SACM said the PTI was the most popular party in the country as it had defeated anti-Pakistan narrative of the opposition parties in the AJK, GB and Sialkot by-elections.
Prime Minister Imran Khan had nominated such a candidate for the prime ministership of AJK who was a genuine party worker and belonged to common man and was not from the elite class.She said the vision of PTI was to give right to representation to the real workers and deserving persons and not about bringing the people who belonged to ruling elite.
Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said the newly elected legislative assembly in the AJK led by its prime minister-elect Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi would be the torch bearer of the rights of people and highlighting atrocities being committed by Modi regime in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir.
She expressed the hope that the new AJK leadership would promote narrative and vision of the PTI and Kashmir cause in real means. The SACM commented that division in Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) faction was clearly visible now as central leadership was divided in groups and every group was heading opposite to each other on separate stance.
The party was in a shock after continuous defeats in GB, AJK and Sialkot by-elections, she maintained. She said the Punjab province under the leadership of Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar was delivering on every front as it was making sincere efforts for the welfare of journalist fraternity as well.
The development works and maintenance problems of the journalist colony would be resolved on priority, whereas work on establishing phase-II for the journalist community had been started as the departments concerned had been asked to identify state land for the purpose.
She said the government was also ensuring provision of all out facilities to journalists and the health insurance cards would also be provided to them on a priority. The chief minister had also announced journalist housing colonies in every division and the commissioners concerned had been asked to identify the state lands to fulfill the promise made with the journalists, she added.