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.
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
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
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