Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao is one of Pakistan most senior and well known political leaders and the founding chairman of Qaumi Watan Party. Sherpao has been at the forefront of Pakistani politics for four decades during which he has consistently been advocating greater autonomy for Pakistan provinces and struggling to protect the rights of its smaller ethnicities, in particular the Pashtun population of Pakistan. Due to his unfailing stance on the issues facing Pashtuns as well as his overall stature at the federal level, Sherpao is respectfully referred to as "Milli Rahbar" by his admirers and followers throughout the country. personal details
ftab Khan was educated at Edwardes College, Peshawar and Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul, Abbottabad. After passing out from Pakistan Military Academy with 34th Long Course in 1965, he joined Armoured Corps in the Probya''s Horse Battalion, seeing action in both the ''65 and ''71 wars. Over a period of 12 years he rose to the rank of Major. Study Visit
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- Allegiance :-Pakistan
- Service/branch :- Pakistan Army
- Years of service 1965-1977
- Rank : -US-O4 insignia.svg Major
- Unit :-Probyns Horse Regiment-Armoured Corps
- Battles/wars :-Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
- indo-Pakistani War of 1971
It was after the assassination of his elder brother Hayat Sherpao in a bomb blast in 1975 that Aftab jumped into the political arena. The then Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto asked him to take an early retirement from his military career and afterwards nominated him as Pakistan Peoples Party's
(PPP) provincial vice-president. Aftab Khan was thus a stalwart of the original unified Pakistan Peoples Party from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Later Sherpao established his own party Qaumi Watan Party. Critical Stage
Restoration of Democracy Movement
After the death of his political mentor Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto he wholeheartedly supported his daughter Benazir Bhutto and her struggle against the military dictatorship of General Zia-ul-Haq. He was a key political figure of Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD) from NWFP. It was in 1988 elections to the Provincial Assembly that he orchestrated the downfall of the establishment backed Pakistan Muslim League (PML) and became the Chief Minister of the province. He took an extra-nationalist line to appease the nationalist forces, hostile to his party and thus broadened his political base in their stronghold areas Mentor IN Politics
He was a key political figure of Movement for the Restoration of Democracy (MRD) from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Wiki Info
Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
It was in 1988 elections to the Provincial Assembly that he orchestrated the downfall of the establishment backed Pakistan Muslim League (PML) and became the Chief Minister of the province. He took an extra-nationalist line to appease the nationalist forces, hostile to his party and thus broadened his own political base and that of the PPP in their stronghold areas. He was once again elected as the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 1994. During his two terms as Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa he is generally considered to have been a sharp administrator and difficult task master. He is credited with having initiated and executed a number of people friendly development schemes varying in scale and significance. Both his governments were dismissed prematurely due to the fall of the PPP governments in the Centre in 1990 and then 1996. CM of KPK
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However, in the mid nineties he developed serious differences with Benazir Bhutto when Maj-Gen Naseerullah Babar mistakenly suspected his role in undercutting him through allotment of party tickets in Nowshehra. Finally leading to the formation of his own faction of the party called PPP (Sherpao). In the 2002 general elections he struck key alliances within Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and was elected to both the provincial and national assemblies and his party performed relatively well amidst the rout of his former party and the Muslim league in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
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Months before the 2002 general election, Mr. Sherpao founded the Pakistan Peoples Party (Sherpao) (PPP(S)). The PPP(S) stuck to the socialist ideals of the original PPP co-founded by Hayat Muhammad Khan Sherpao and the guiding vision of Mr. Sherpao struggle to protect the rights of the smaller provinces and ethnicities of Pakistan. This party was to breathe new life into Pakistani politics as just months after its inception, it emerged as the second largest party in the NWFP Provincial Assembly. PPP(S) was subsequently renamed Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) in 2012 to more accurately reflect its neo-nationalist stance. Currently QWP is one of the largest political parties in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and retains a significant presence in the other federating units of Pakistan, in particular the Federally Administered Tribal Areas ( FATA
) and Balochistan.
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- Aftab's family tree and cross-marriages in other influential families has given him a unique edge over his political opponents. Aftab's family has for long been a prominent and influential family in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The family belongs to the prominent Muhammadzai tribe with his father Khan Bahadur Ghulam Haider Khan being one of the most influential leaders in NWFP supporting the Pakistan movement. His father Khan Bahadur Ghulam Haider Khan Sherpao was a key figure in the Pakistan freedom movement and an influential political leader.
- His elder brother Hayat Muhammad Khan Sherpao was a founding member of the Pakistan Peoples Party, former Federal Minister and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor and senior minister. Aftab himself is the son-in-law of the brother of Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar, one of the pioneers of the Pakistan freedom movement. His eldest son, Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao, has already jumped into provincial politics and has been elected to the provincial assembly of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa twice besides having served as senior minister.
- Mr. Sherpa political success and struggle has come at a great cost. This led to his unlawful incarceration for four years. Mr. Sherpao, who is a staunch advocate of peace in the region, has also been targeted by militants numerous times. Despite three deadly suicide bomb attacks and numerous other failed attempts, Mr. Sherpao refuses to curb his political activities and regularly attends public gatherings. Mr Sherpao
Interior minister and War on Terror
Known for his sharp administrative skills, he was appointed as the Minister for Water and Power in 2002. In addition to this charge, Sherpao was also made Minister for Kashmir
Affairs and Northern Areas & States and Frontier Regions (KANA & SAFRON) and Inter-Provincial Coordination. Subsequently after a cabinet re-shuffle in 2005, he was appointed as the federal interior minister. He has been a prominent figure due to terrorist attacks and fighting in the tribal areas as well as Balochistan. He was re-elected to Pakistan's National Assembly and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Assembly in the 2008 elections. Terror war Internal Repo
Militant attacks on Sherpao
28 April suicide attack Attack News
On 28 April 2007 he was injured in a suicide attack in his home area of Charsadda, 18 miles northeast of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.The attack shook his confidence in Musharraf's policy toward the militants, which has included a series of peace deals and has prompted Sherpao to support a 15-page document also presented to the US National Security Council in June 2007 warning that Islamists are spreading beyond the country's lawless tribal areas and that without "swift and decisive action," the growing militancy could engulf the rest of the country.
21 December suicide attack suicide blast
On 21 December 2007, Eid al-Adha
, a suicide bomb blast targeting Aftab Ahmad killed at least 57 and injured over 100 at Jamia Masjid Sherpao, located in District Charsadda in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Aftab Ahmad survived the blast, but his younger son Mustafa Khan Sherpao, was injured.
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