Wajih uz Zaman Khan
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Background and early life
Wajih uz Zaman Khan was born in 1963, to a prominent Swati family of the Mansehra, Hazara region, at Kalandarabad, Abbottabad. His late father, Facker uz Zaman Khan, was descended from the old family of the 'Khans of Agror', a group of Mullahs who had once ruled the Oghi/Agror area and were later deposed in 1888 by the British colonial government, and his mother, Fauzia Facker uz Zaman, formerly a member of the Senate of Pakistan, came from a family of Lahore, Punjab. After obtaining his basic school education, Khan went on to take a Bachelor of Arts degree and then a law degree from the University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.
Legal and political career
After his father's death, Khan was expected to enter politics in the family tradition, but he went on to study for his law degree and eventually took up the legal profession under the Peshawar High Court and for some years, occupied himself with taking up various private lawsuits.
By the mid-1990s, he became increasingly involved in politics, and first contested the 1993 General Elections in Pakistan on a Pakistan Muslim League-N ticket, as a candidate for the PK-56 Mansehra provincial seat. He was successful in winning this and has since retained his seat in this constituency, switching parties a number of times, and remains a member of the NWFP/Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Assembly, at present once again as a member of the Pakistan Muslim League-N.
Khan came into some disrepute in November 2012 when he was involved in a shoot-out over the setting up of a shop or kiosk in Islamabad, in which he was wounded. Some doubts also exist as to the validity of his higher educational degrees, which have not been verified in accordance with election regulations.
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