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Tehrik-e-Istiqlal Pakistan (Urdu: تحریک استقلال‎) was a political party in Pakistan. It was formed by Air Marshal Retd. Asghar Khan in 1970. Asghar Khan has retired from the post of President of the party and the party was headed by Asaf Fasifuddin Vardag, former Member of the Senate. Tehrik-e-Istiqlal announced merging with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in January 2012 but it separated and re-aligined with zardari-led PPP-P and Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif-led PML-N during the PTI's azadi march.

In 1979 Tehrik-e-Istiqlal Pakistan was in position to grab the power through winning the elections announced by General Zia, and a large number of big political figures of current politics were active members of Tehrik-i-Istiqlal including Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, Aitzaz Ahsan, Syed Manzoor Ali Gillani, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, Javed Hashmi, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, Mushahid Hussain Syed, Mehnaz Rafi, Raja Nadir Pervez, Gohar Ayub Khan, Nisar Khoro, Nafees Siddiqui, Ashraf Liaqat Ali Khan, Zafar Ali Shah, Ahmed Raza Kasuri, Allama Aqeel Turabi, Muhammad Iqbal Khan, Sher Afgan Niazi, Manzoor Wattoo, Musheer Pesh Imam, Syeda Abida Hussain, Syed Fakhar Imam, Raja Muhammad Niaz Khan (AJK) and many others. But at last movement Gen. Zia postponed the elections and Asghar Khan remained in house arrest for more than five years. Asghar Khan joined the newly formed Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD) in 1983 and was detained by the government..


  • Air Marshal Retd. Asghar Khan

President (Pakistan)

  • Asaf Fasihuddin Vardag


  • Sajjad Dar (President)
  • Musharaf Ali Khan (Senior Vice President)
  • Dr. Hasan Masood Khan (President Medical wing)
  • Shahzad Abid Khan (Media Incharge)

Khyber Pakhtoon Khwa

  • Munir Shah (KPK chairman)
  • Aman Ullah Momand
  • Muhammad Arshad Toofan (Chairman Youth wing)
  • Javed Kazmi
  • Zewar Shah Afridi
  • Sharif Ahmad Sharif Siddiqui (General Secretary Peshawar)

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