Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao
Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao
ProfileAftab 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.
Educationftab 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.
- 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
Restoration of Democracy MovementAfter 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 He was a key political figure of Movement for the Restoration of Democracy (MRD) from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Chief Minister of Khyber PakhtunkhwaIt 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.
Differences with Benazir Bhutto and PPP Sherpaospan classtooltip-cn ref-link idref-link-10a hrefref-link-dt-10 sup10supaspan classtooltiptext a hrefhttpsen.wikipedia.orgwikiAftab_Ahmad_Khan_Sherpao classexternal-link target_blank ClashesaspanspanHowever, 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.
Qaumi Watan Partyspan classtooltip-cn ref-link idref-link-11a hrefref-link-dt-11 sup11supaspan classtooltiptext a hrefhttpqwp.org.pkaftab-ahmad-khan-sherpao classexternal-link target_blank QWPaspanspanMonths 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.
Family influence in politicsspan classtooltip-cn ref-link idref-link-12a hrefref-link-dt-12 sup12supaspan classtooltiptext a hrefhttpsen.wikipedia.orgwikiHayat_Sherpao classexternal-link target_blank Family Assistanceaspanspan
- 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.