Current President

President of AJ&K, Sardar Masood Khan

President's Message: I assure my brothers and sisters that we will fight for them at every international forum with renewed vitality and strategy… We will go to the world capitals and Pakistani missions and Kashmiri diaspora will become our helping hands… Introduction: Masood Khan’s election as President Azad Kashmir will give fresh boost to Kashmir cause in the United Nations and China.Renowned diplomat and former Ambassador to the United Nations and China, Masood Khan, was elected President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir by a joint electoral college comprising 55 members of AJK Legislative Assembly and AJK Council. Masood Khan was nominated by the Muslim League (N) AJK as their Presidential candidate. Prime Minister AJK Raja Farooq Haider himself proposed the name of Masood Khan on behalf of his majority parliamentary party.The following parties also supported his candidature Masood Khan enjoys the confidence of AJK Assembly and AJK Council and in fact a wide political spectrum of Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan. Masood Khan has thanked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his nomination and for reposing full confidence in him. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has appreciated the role of Masood Khan in highlighting the Kashmir cause during his various diplomatic assignments particularly during his tenure as Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN. Masood Khan has worked with the UN in New York and Geneva and other multilateral forums, for more than twenty years. He became President of the UN Security Council in January 2013. He was Chairman of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Geneva, where he also represented, as Chairman of the Group of 77 and China, 131 developing countries in various international organizations. After election as President Azad Kashmir, Masood Khan vowed to work resolutely for the just of cause of freedom of oppressed people of the Indian Occupied Kashmir and to help with the development of AJK. Masood Khan was born in Rawalakot, Poonch and studied there. With the election of Masood Khan, observers  expect the Kashmir movement to gather momentum as the newly elected President has a proven record as an ardent campaigner for the rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions, end to Indian atrocities, and the initiation of a sustained, substantive  and structured  dialogue process to resolve disputes between India and Pakistan. BIO: Pakistan’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In this capacity, he represented Pakistan as a non-permanent member in the UN Security Council, and he was the President of the UN Security council in January 2103. Pakistan’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China (September 2008 to September 2012). Pakistan’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva ( 2005 to 2008). Chief Negotiator on Nuclear Security. Pakistan’s Sherpa (Chief Negotiator) for the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) process from 2009 to early 2014. He retired from the Foreign Service of Pakistan in BS-22. Other Posts in Islamabad & Abroad: From August 2003 to March 2005, he worked as Director General (United Nations) and Director General (OIC) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From September 2003 to May 2004, he served as Director General (Disarmament). In June 2003, he was appointed as Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a position he held till March 2005. From November 2002 to August 2003, he worked as Director General (East Asia and Pacific).Khan also worked, in various positions, in Pakistan’s diplomatic missions in Beijing (1982 to 1986), The Hague (1986 to 1989), the United Nations New York (1993 to 1997) and Washington DC (1997 to 2002). Leadership Positions: Over the years, he has also specialized in multilateral diplomacy and important bilateral relationships, especially with China and the United States. Areas of his specialization include Kashmir, South Asia, Pak-China relations, Pak-US relations, nuclear diplomacy, and internet governance. VARIOUS LEADERSHIP POSITIONS HE HAS HELD IN MULTILATERAL AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL FORUMS INCLUDE: President of the Conference on Disarmament – 2005 Chairman of the Committee on the Internet Governance of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) – 2005 Chairman of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Council – 2005-2006 President of the 6th Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) – 2006 Chairman of the BWC States Parties Meeting – 2007 Chairman of the Group of 77 and China, Geneva –2005-2006 Chairman of the Governmental Group in the International Labour Organization (ILO) – 2006-2007 Chairman of the International Labour Conference (ILC) Reform Committee – 2007-2008 Chairman of the Drafting Committee of the 30th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent 2007. President of the UN Security Council January 2013 Co-Chair of the Friends of the Group on Sustainable Energy for All Vice President of the UN Economic and Social Council 2013 Vice President of the UNICEF Executive Board 2014 President UNICEF Executive Board