The Prime Minister of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi has resigned following a rebellion against him in the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. Let us tell you that after the resignation of Imran Khan amid the political crisis in Pakistan, Shahbaz Sharif has become the new PM of the country.
Niazi, considered very close to PTI chief Imran Khan, resigned on Thursday. 25 party MPs moved a no-confidence motion before the party’s regional president Sardar Tanveer Ilyas to replace him.
Niazi wrote in his resignation sent on 14 April that I resign from my post of Prime Minister under Article 16(1) of the Constitution. He sent this resignation to the President of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry.
According to the news of Pakistani newspaper ‘Dawn’, Presidential Affairs Secretary Dr. Asif Hussain Shah has confirmed Chaudhry’s acceptance of Niazi’s resignation. He said that it has been sent to the Chief Secretary for issuing a formal notification.
Niazi told a press conference in Islamabad on Thursday that baseless allegations have been leveled against him in the no-confidence motion. Niazi became prime minister of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir last year, when PTI won 32 of the 53 seats in the house in an election.
India had rejected PoK elections
India had rejected the election held in PoK as a mere sham. India had said that this was an attempt by Pakistan to hide its illegal occupation. Reacting strongly to the elections in PoK, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had said that Pakistan has no right over these Indian territories. He should vacate all the Indian territories which he has illegally occupied.