Former AJK President & PM Sardar Sikanadar Hayat Khan Passes away

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Funeral prayers of former President and PM Salar Democracy will be offered on Sunday at 11 a.m. at  Kotli and 4 pm at Nakyal Azad Kashmir.

Muzaffarabad,(Parliament Times): Sikandar Hayat Khan was reportedly hospitalised and under treatment for a heart ailment. He was 87 years old. The former prime minister had left the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and joined the Muslim Conference in 2021 before the AJK general elections.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan. “Saddened to learn of the passing of Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan, former President of AJK as well as former PM of AJK. His contribution to the Kashmir cause & service to the Kashmiri people was invaluable. My prayers & condolences go to his family,” the PM wrote in a post shared on Twitter. AJK Prime Minister Abdul Qayyum Khan Niazi has announced three-day mourning over the demise of former prime minister Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan.

In a condolence message, Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that Sardar Sikandar Hayat as prime minister and president of Azad Kashmir had raised his voice for the rights of Jammu and Kashmir and against the state barbarism of India. Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan was born into a famous political family of Kashmir. He served as acting President of the Jammu & Kashmir Muslim Conference in the 1976–78 period and was elected President in 1978, a position he held until 1988. In 1985, he was elected prime minister of AJK and served until 1990.

in 1991, he was again elected as President of AJK for a five-year term. On 25 July 2001, he was sworn in as Prime Minister of AJK for a second time, serving another five-year term.

Sikandar Hayat Khan initially retired from active politics in July 2006.

However, he later played a major role in introducing Pakistan Muslim League (N) in AJK for which he was given the position of Senior Vice President of PML-(N) in 2011. Khan quit PML-(N) in February 2021 and joined the Muslim Conference.

Funeral prayers of former President and PM Salar Democracy will be offered on Sunday at 11 a.m. at  Kotli and 4 p.m at Nakyal Azad Kashmir.