Sardar Muhammad Ibrahim Khan (1915-2003) was the founder and first president of Azad Kashmir government. In 1947, during the Poonch rebellion, he raised an army of local people against the Maharaja of Kashmir Hari Singh. On 24th October 1947, he led the warriors from Poonch to lay the foundation of independent state of Azad Kashmir. As first president of newly-establised revolutionary government in Azad Kashmir, Sardar Ibrahim was invited by the United Nation to brief the session of the General Assembly on the situation in Kashmir. Under his leadership the All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference struggled for the establishment of a proper Legislative Assembly in Azad Kashmir.-Extracted from storyofpakistan.com
Sardar Muhammad Abdul Qayyum Khan (1924-2015) was a Kashmiri politician who also served as president and prime minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). He was both a revolutionary and a pacifist. While his supporters recognised Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan as the first initiator of the Kashmir freedom movement, some of his heavyweight contemporaries such as Sardar Muhammad Ibrahim Khan and K.H. Khurshid did not agree with this assertion. Kashmir was the cause closest to his heart as he lobbied for the territory while touring foreign countries, speaking with opinion makers, inviting and hosting influential foreign delegations. He regularly attended OIC and Friends of Kashmir meetings in European parliaments and maintained good relations with the All Party Hurriyat Conference, often citing it as a representative organisation of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Khurshid Hasan Khurshid (KH Khurshid) (1924–1988), a private secretary to Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the first Governor-General of Pakistan, was the first elected president of Azad Kashmir. He was also known as the founder of first Constitution of Azad Kashmir. As president of AJK, K. H. Khurshid conducted the first ever ‘Basic Democracy’ elections in Azad Kashmir. He died in a road accident while travelling in a public transport as an ordinary passenger. Kashmiri people regarded him as an icon of honesty, integrity and democracy. Khurshid was exiled by Sheikh Abdullah’s government to Azad Kashmir. Despite his status as Jinnah’s close aide, KH Khurshid was alienated by the leadership of Kashmir’s both parts. He formed his own party the Jammu Kashmir Liberation League. His activities were put under surveillance by Pakistani government and Azad Kashmir administration. For twenty-two years, there was no mention of him on Pakistan’s state media.