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Aslam Khattak dies after protracted illness PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Oct 10 (APP): Former Governor NWFP Muhammad Aslam Khan Khattak died Friday after protracted illness. According to various tv channels Muhammad Aslam Khan Khattak was born on April 5, 1908. In his youth he was part of the group along with Chaudhry Rehmat Ali who published the pamphlet titled now or never which coined the name Pakistan.

He served closely with Dr Khan Sahib in the North-West Frontier Province’s provincial government during his career as a civil servant, and after partition he was posted to Afghanistan where he played a key role in the failed negotiations for a confederation between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In the 1970 elections he was elected an independent to the NWFP Provincial Assembly from Karak.

He became speaker NWFP Assembly in 1972. He also served as Governor NWFP briefly after the ouster of the NAP-JUI governor as well twice posted as ambassador. As a diplomat he served as ambassador to Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. Nominated to Zia ul Haqa’s Majlis-e-Shura he became a trusted political confidante of the Martial Law ruler.

He was elected MNA from his constituency and served as deputy Prime Minister to Prime Minister Junejo. After the restoration of Democracy in 1988 he joined the Pakistan Muslim League but was defeated in the 1988 elections.

Re-elected again in 1990 he again served as Federal Minister in Nawaz Sharif’s first government. Defeated in the 1993 elections, he left the PML shortly before the 1997 election over differences in party tickets for his grandson and son in law.

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