Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao Biography
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Aftab Ahmad Khan BiographyAftab Sherpao is known for originating Qaumi Watan Party. He has worked under several ministries. Before joining politics, he was part of the Pakistan Army where he served as a Major. He has also taken part in the 1965 and 1971 wars. It was after the assassination of his brother, Hayat Khan Sherpao that he started his political career. He was elected as 14th and 18th Chief Minister of Khyber Pukhtukhwa. Musharraf government. He was appointed as Interior Minister and Minister for Water and Power. Aftab Sherpao was accused of bombing a madrassa in Bajour.
Aftab date of BirthHe was born on 20 August 1944 in a Gujjar tribe.
Education of SherpaoSherpao got his early education from Lawrence College Peshawar. Later he joined Edwards College Peshawar from where he received his Bachelor degree.
Aftab Ahmad Sherpao FamilyHe is the son of Khan Bahadur Ghulam Haidar Khan Sherpao. He is the brother of Muhammad Khan Sherpao, Wali Khan Sherpao, Wadud Khan Sherpao, and Sher Muhammad Khan Sherpao. His brother Hayat Khan Sherpao was a politician who was assassinated in a public rally. He is the father of Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao and Mustafa Aftab Khan Sherpao.
Military CareerSherpao was first an Army officer. He joined the army in 1964 with 34th long course. He remained in the army for 12 years. After a few years, he was promoted to the rank of Major. He has also taken part in the Indo-Pak war in 1965 and 1971. His military career saw a major change in 1975 when his brother, Hayat Khan Sherpao was assassinated in a bomb blast. He was a key figure in the Pakistan People’s Party. Aftab Sherpao was advised by Bhutto who was the Prime Minister to resign from the army and take part in politics. He accepted it and joined politics.
Initial CareerAfter joining politics, Sherpao was appointed as provincial Vice-president. In 1977, he contested his first election on the ticket of PPP from NA-3 and won it to become a member of the National Assembly for the first time. After he boycotted the 1985 election, Aftab contested in 1988 and won against the establishment-backed PML on the provincial seat. It was the time when he wholeheartedly supported Benazir Bhutto for the restoration of democracy.
As a Chief Minister
- He was seen in the front row against military dictator Zia ul Haq. After the victory in the election in 1988, he became the Chief Minister of NWFP now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. After he became the Chief Minister, he took a nationalist stance to appease the nationalist forces which that gave a stronger political base to his career and party. His first term as Chief Minister lasted from 2nd December 1988 to 8 August 1990.
- In the next tenure, he was elected as the leader of opposition of the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In 1994, he was re-elected as Chief Minister for the second time. The two terms as a Chief Minister proved him a sharp administrator. He also initiated many schemes that benefitted the people. He was unlucky that both of terms were dismissed after the fall of PPP's government in the center and the province.