As the PML-N party emerged victorious on Friday in elections in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he hoped Jammu and Kashmir would soon become part of Pakistan.
“Their movement for freedom cannot be stopped and it will be successful. You are aware of how they are being beaten and killed. All our prayers are with them and we are waiting for the day Kashmir becomes Pakistan,” Sharif said.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (PML) party won 31 of the 41 assembly seats in the vote held on July 21. Haider is the regional chief of the PML, who spearheaded the party to victory. In PoK, which comprises eight districts, the head of government is christened as the Prime Minister.
Elections to the 49-member legislative assembly were held in PoK and different parts of the country where refugees from Jammu and Kashmir live, including Karachi, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat and Multan. Forty-one seats are directly elected while the remaining seats have nominated members.
As many as 427 candidates of different political parties as well as independents had contested the election. Haider is believed to be only the second Kashmiri origin prime minister of the PoK, after Khan Abdul Hameed Khan, who had assumed office in 1975.
Chairman of main opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, however, has rejected the PoK election results alleging the ‘worst rigging’.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Muslim Conference secured three seats each, followed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) with two seats to its credit.The Jammu-Kashmir Pakistan People’s Party got one seat, while an independent candidate also emerged victorious.