Wajih uz Zaman Khan
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Background and early life
Wajih uz Zaman Khan was born in 1963 to a Swati family of the Mansehra, Hazara region. His late father, Faida uz Zaman Khan, was a former member of the national assembly and a member of majlis e shoora who was descended from a family of Khan of the Swati tribe who had once ruled the Oghi/Agror area. They were later deposed in 1888 by the British colonial government, and his mother, Fauzia Fackar uz Zaman Khan, formerly a member of the Senate of Pakistan, came from a family of Lahore, Punjab. He holds a Bachelor of Law degree.
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 thereafter retained his seat in this constituency, switching parties a number of times, to remain a member of the NWFP/Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Assembly. In 2013 he won on the Pakistan Muslim League-N ticket. However, he was later dismissed from the PML-N party on disciplinary grounds, allegedly having sold out during the March 2015 senate elections. He continues to hold his seat, still, in line with a court order and serve as Chairman, District Mansehra Development Committee.
Khan also 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. In recent years, many questions have also been raised about his possible corruption and large-scale embezzlement of public funds in several projects.
- Hazara District Gazetteer, 1921, p. 129
- Mother's family pedigree
- Article, "Agror ke khaandaan se kiya eik naya siyasi leader ubhray ga?" (Urdu: Will a new Political Leader emerge from the Agror Family?), in daily Mashriq, 20 December 1985
- "Welcome to the Website of Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa". Pakp.gov.pk. 1965-10-27. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
- "NWFP renaming political stunt aimed at pushing country into ethnic conflict: Saifullah". :. 2010-03-13. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
- Wajih uz Zaman Dismissal report from the Pakistan Tribune 10 March 2015
- Associated Press of Pakistan, detailed reports of 12 March 2015 and 27 April 2015
- He is also alleged to have protected and rescued a gang of rapists from Mansehra who were caught and brought to trial in 2014 Gang rapists who were later rescued by Wajeeh uz Zaman being his political supporters, 2014