Sardar Masood Khan is currently serving as the 27th President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, a position he assumed on 25th August 2016. Immediately before becoming the President he was the Director General of the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad.
Prior to getting elected as the President of AJK, Sardar Masood Khan Khan had a long diplomatic career with the Foreign Service of Pakistan. Most notably, he served as the Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2005; Pakistan’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2005 to 2008; Pakistan's Ambassador to China from 2008 to 2012; and Pakistan’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Headquarters, New York, from 2012 to 2015.
In his earlier diplomatic career, he held important diplomatic positions in China, The Netherlands, United Nations (New York) and the USA (Washington D.C).
Over the years, he has also held leadership positions in the international community which include President of the Conference on Disarmament, President of the Biological Weapons Review Conference 2006, President of the Governmental Group of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Chairman of the ILO Reform Committee, Chairman of the Council of the International Organization for Migration, Chairman of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Geneva and Chairman of the Group of 77 and China.
In New York, Sardar Masood Khan represented Pakistan as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council from 2012 to 2013 and became the President of the Security Council in January 2013. While in New York, he was also the Vice President of the Economic and Social Council, Vice President of the UN General Assembly and President of the Executive Board of UNICEF.
Sardar Masood Khan also remained Pakistan's Chief Negotiator at the Nuclear Security Summit from 2009 to 2015.
In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he has served as Director General United Nations, Director General Nuclear Disarmament, Director General Organization of Islamic Cooperation and Director General East Asia and Pacific. Earlier, he was Director Secretary General’s Office and Director International Conferences.
His areas of specialization include nuclear diplomacy, Kashmir, South Asia, Pak-China relations, Pak-US relations, e-governance, multilateral diplomacy and international humanitarian law, among others.
Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan ,was elected Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister and leader of the House by AJK Legislative Assembly on 31st July, 2016 by a vast majority. Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan belongs to a well known political family & inherited the career from his family, his father Raja Muhammad Haider Khan (Late) led the Muslim Conference being the President of Muslim Conference two times i.e. in 1960 & 1963. His mother Mohterma Saeeda Khan (late) holds the honor to be the first female Member of AJ&K Legislative Assembly in the history of Azad Jammu & Kashmir. His uncle Raja Muhammad Latif Khan was elected as a Member of AJ&K Legislative Assembly in 1970. His sister Miss Naureen Haider also remained a Member of AJ&K Legislative Assembly from 1991 to 1996.
The honourable, Prime Minister of Government of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Raja Farooq Haider talking to the media representatives in the Tulip garden at Muzaffarabad.The Tulip garden is established under the administration of the Dr. Muhammad Bashir Butt, Director General, Agriculture, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Muzaffarabad and Tariq Masood Khan, Secretary, Agriculture, Irrigation and Animal Husbandry Affairs, Government of Azad Jammu & Kashmir.
ISLAMABAD: Kashmiri leaders across the Line of Control (LoC) have urged the governments of Pakistan and India to resume dialogue aimed at bringing sustainable peace and security in South Asia.
These views were expressed by speakers at a conference titled “Kashmir Freedom Struggle and Challenges”, jointly organised by Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM) and Tehreek-e-Kashmir (TeK) United Kingdom (UK) at the Kashmir House in Islamabad on Monday.
Speaking on the occasion, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan stressed upon the need to approach the overseas Kashmiris for the projection of Kashmir cause and exposing India’s state terrorism in the occupied valley.
“The third generation of Pakistanis and Kashmiris settled in the UK and Europe must be approached for highlighting the Kashmir cause at international level,” he said. Khan added the Kashmir conflict has now become an issue for Indian Muslims and Pakistan as well due to Modi government’s anti-Muslim agenda.
JKSM chairman Altaf Bhat said that harassment of the families of political workers and other social activists at the hands of Indian forces is unfortunate. He also deplored travel restrictions on Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Yaseen Malik and Zafar Akbar Bhat.
Bhat demanded an end to censorship imposed on media by the Indian government, including frequent shut downs of internet services to stop people from taking to social media.
A resolution was also passed by the summit, extending solidarity with the family members of political workers who were either martyred or sent to jail by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA).
Through the resolution it was also demanded that all political leaders including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Asiya Andrabi, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Dr Qasim Fakhtu and Mussarat Alam among others are released at the earliest.
The resolution demanded an end to the ban imposed on Jammu and Kashmir Jamaat-e-Islami (JKJI) , Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and an immediate release of JKJI chief Dr Abdul Hameed Fayaz, JKLF chief Yaseen Malik and others.
“World community and human rights organisations must take notice of the youngest pellet-gun victim Hibba Nisar, an 18-month infant who was injured by the pellets fired by the Indian troops on her face.
“This conference also denounces continued ceasefire violations on the Line of Control by the Indian forces, targeting civilians and unarmed people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. We appeal to the world community to put pressure on New Delhi to stop the targetted killing of civilians,” the resolution further read.
Dr. Muhammad Bashir Butt Director General Agriculture Government of Azad Jammu & Kashmir Agriculture Complex, Shaukat Lines, Gojra, Muzaffarabad, +92(582)-2920563 +92(582)-5822920563 +92(333)-5308935 email@example.com https://agriculture.ajk.gov.pk/
مظفر آباد-آزاد جموں وکشمیر کے صدر سردار مسعود خان نے کہا ہے کہ بھارتی حکمران خطے میں کشیدگی کے ذمے دار ہیں۔ مختلف نجی چینلز اور میڈیا سے انٹرویو کے دوران انہوں نے کہاکہ بھارتی حکمران کمزور کو دبانے اور طاقت ور کے سامنے گھٹنے ٹیکنے کے عادی ہیں ۔
مسعود خان نے کہا کہ گزشتہ 72 سال سے نہتے اور پرامن کشمیری عوام کے قتل عام اور پاکستان آزاد کشمیر اور گلگت بلتستان پرجنگ مسلط کرنے کی دھمکیوں کی طرف عالمی برادری کی عدم توجہی سے بھارتی جنونی رہنمائوں کی چین اور نیپال کو چیلنج کرنے کیلئے ہمت بنی تاہم چین نے متوازن جواب دیا ۔
انہوں نے امیدظاہر کی کہ اس کشیدگی سے دنیا مسئلہ کشمیر سمیت تنازعات کے پرامن اور سفارتی حل کی اہمیت کا اندازہ ہوگا ۔
مظفر آباد (لائلپورپوسٹ)-آزاد کشمیر میں دو ہفتوں کے لیے مکمل لاک ڈاؤن کا فیصلہ، اطلاق آج رات بارہ بجے سے ہوگا۔ وزیر اعظم آزاد کشمیر راجہ محمد فاروق خان نے نرمی کا فیصلہ واپس لیتے ہوئے آزاد کشمیر میں لاک ڈاؤن مزید سخت کرنے کا حکم دے دیا۔
آزاد کشمیر میں رات 12 بجے سے مکمل لاک ڈاؤن بحال کر دیا جائے گا۔ وزیراعظم آزاد کشمیر کا کہنا ہے کہ لاک ڈاؤن کے دوران اشیاء ضروریہ میڈیکل اسٹور طے شدہ اوقات کار کے مطابق کھلے رہیں گے۔ راجہ فاروق حیدر نے کہا کہ فیصلہ کورونا کے بڑھتے ہوئے کیسز کو مدنظر رکھ کر کیا گیا، عوام سے تعاون کی اپیل ہے۔
وزیر اعظم آزاد کشمیر نے کہا کہ یہ احتیاطی اور حفاظتی اقدامات ہیں، جو عوام کو محفوظ بنانے کے لیے اٹھائے گئے ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ حالات عید کی شاپنگ کرنے کے متقاضی نہیں ہیں، عید سادگی سے منائیں۔ فاروق حیدر خان نے کہا کہ عید تک ٹرانسپورٹ بھی معطل رہےگی، عوام غیر ضروری طور پر گھروں سے نہ نکلیں۔ وزیراعظم آزاد کشمیر نے کہا کہ لاک ڈاؤن کے احکامات کا اطلاق 18 مئی سے دو ہفتوں کےلیے ہو گا۔
Mr. Mathar Niaz Rana has assumed the charge of 48th Chief Secretary Azad Government of the State of Jammu & Kashmir on 12th February 2019.
He is graduate of UET Lahore, Imperial College, Business School London, London School of Economics and NDU Islamabad.
He has served on important positions in Islamabad Capital Terrority, Administration, Federal Government and Governments of Punjab and Balochistan.
ISLAMABAD. National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri raised the Kashmir cause at the Sustainable Development Goals summit and apprised its participants about unconstitutional steps and atrocities being committed by Indian government against innocent people of held Kashmir.
Members of the Indian delegation at the summit led by the Lok Sabha speaker tried to interrupt Mr Suri. However, their attempt went unheeded and the deputy speaker continued his speech and apprised the participants about the volatile situation in India-held Kashmir.
The entire occupied valley had been converted into a heavily militarized zone and people were being stopped from performing their religious rites, Mr Suri said, according to a message received here from Maldives.
The deputy speaker stressed upon the South Asian countries to support Kashmiris for their right to self-determination under the auspicious of United Nations.
He said means of communication had been disconnected in the occupied valley aggravating the agony of its people, and that the international community must raise the Kashmir issue at appropriate level by asserting pressure on India for its resolution in accordance with the UN resolutions and aspiration of Kashmiri people.
He reiterated Pakistan’s stance for morally and diplomatically supporting Kashmiris, saying that the attitude of India towards Kashmir issue was putting South Asia peace and development at stake.
NEW DELHI: Indian government said it was 'unacceptable' over the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) reference to Jammu and Kashmir in a communiqué adopted at its summit meeting in the Saudi Arabian city of Makkah last week.
In a strong reaction, Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar slammed the OIC saying it should refrain from making such "unwarranted references."
In its final communique at the Makkah summit, the OIC reiterated its support for the legitimate rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and also appointed a special envoy for the state. The OIC is an international organisation consisting of 57 member states, 53 of them Muslim-majority nations.
In his statement Kumar said: "We categorically reject yet another unacceptable reference to matters internal to India in the Final Communiqué adopted at the conclusion of the 14th Islamic Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states held at Makkah on 31 May 31."
"The OIC has no locus standi in matters relating to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India. It is reiterated that OIC should refrain from making such unwarranted references," Kumar said.
Pakistan is suspected to have played a major part in finalising the communiqué, according to people familiar with the developments in New Delhi – one of the possible key reasons Kashmir having figured so prominently in the OIC communiqué.
The OIC move comes within months of the grouping inviting India as a “guest of honour" to address a foreign ministers’ meeting in Abu Dhabi. On 1 March, former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj had attended the inaugural plenary of the 46th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers– becoming the first Indian minister to address an OIC meeting.
India's participation happened despite Pakistan's strong demand to withdraw the invitation to Swaraj. Pakistan's request was turned down by host UAE, resulting in Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi boycotting the plenary.
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