Muhammad Aslam Khan Khattak

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Muhammad Aslam Khan Khattak
10th Governor of North-West Frontier Province
In office
15 February 1973 – 24 May 1974
President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry
Preceded by Arbab Sikandar Khan
Succeeded by Syed Ghawas

Muhammad Aslam Khan Khattak (Urdu: محمد اسلم خان خٹک‎) (April 5, 1908 – October 10, 2008) was a Pakistani politician and diplomat.[1]

Biography[edit]

He was the President of Pakistan Movement in U.K with Dr. Abdur Rahim as Vice President and Chaudhry Rehmat Ali as Secretary. This Organisation gave the world the name "PAKISTAN". He served closely with Dr Khan Sahib in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's provincial government during his career as a civil servant, and after the independence of Pakistan in 1947 he was posted to Afghanistan where he played a key role in the failed negotiations for a confederation between Pakistan and Afghanistan.[2] In the 1970 elections he was elected as an independent to the NWFP Provincial Assembly from Karak. He became speaker of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly in 1972. He also served as Governor of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa briefly after the ouster of the NAP-JUI governor as well twice posted as ambassador.[1]

He was promoted as Minister of Pakistan to Kabul in 1956 and appointed as Ambassador to Australia in December 1959. As a diplomat he served as ambassador to Iran (1974-1977), Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nominated to Zia ul Haqas 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 Sharifs first government. Defeated in the 1993 elections, he left the PML shortly before the 1997 election over a difference in party tickets for his grandson and son in law. He died on the 10 October 2008 after a long illness.[3]

See also[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • 'A Pathan Odyssey' by Muhammad Aslam Khattak

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Aslam Khattak passes away at 100 DAWN . Retrieved 10-11-08
  2. ^ Gauhar, Humayun (November 12, 2008)A life to celebrate. Nation. Nawa-e-Waqt group. Retrieved November 12 2008
  3. ^ Aslam Khattak passes away The Post. Retrieved 10-10-08

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Political offices
Preceded by
Arbab Sikandar Khan
Governor of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
1973–1974
Succeeded by
Syed Ghawas
Preceded by
Muhammad Khan Junejo
Interior Minister of Pakistan
1985–1987
Succeeded by
Wasim Sajjad