Prime Minister Imran Khan has started consultations with his close associates to select candidate for the office of the prime minister of Azad Kashmir.
According to sources, the prime minister had a meeting ministers Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Fawad Chaudhry and Ali Amin Gandapur to finalise the most suitable candidate.
Sources said that Sardar Tanveer Ilyas, Barrister Sultan Mahmood and Chaudhry Anwar-ul-Haq were the “hot favourites” for the coveted office.
Sources said that the prime minister would hold further “consultations” with his associates before picking up the candidate.
Final decision will be that of Prime Minister Imran, sources added.
Sardar Tanveer is at present serving as special assistant to the Punjab chief minister on investment.
Barrister Sultan had been a former prime minister of AJK from July 1996 to July 2001. He quit the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and joined the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) In February 2015.
Chaudhry Anwar-ul-Haq is a former Azad Kashmir Assembly speaker. He belonged to the PPP. He launched a campaign against AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider-led PML-N government calling it the most corrupt regime.
The PTI won 25 seats in July 25 Azad Kashmir elections and got a simple majority while the PPP came in second with 11 seats and the PML-N stood third with six seats.