Mini BioGohar Ayub Khan was born in January 1937, in the Northwest Frontier Province of British India. Like his father and grandfather, he pursued a military career initially. Like his father, Ayub Khan, he was sent to the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, UK, for his military training. After his return, he joined active duty in the Pakistan Army and worked on staff appointments. After his father overthrew the government in a coup and declared himself President, he started to serve as his father's aide-de-camp and accompanied him to several foreign trips to Europe, the Americas, Asia etc. Despite his father's support, he could not rise higher than the rank of captain. There were several allegations of professional misconduct against him and the Pakistani Army launched a few investigations against him. Despite his father's efforts to stop the investigations, he was prematurely retired out by the Pakistani Army in 1962.
Retirement from Army
Early Role in PoliticsHis role in Karachi after his father's election in the allegedly rigged 1965 Presidential elections against Fatima Jinnah is a subject of criticism by many writers. Gohar Ayub it is said to have led a victory parade right into the heartland of opposition territory in Karachi, in a blatantly provocative move and the civil administrations failure to stop the rally led to a fierce clashes between opposing groups with many locals being killed. Gohar Ayub also faced criticisms during that time on questions of family corruption and cronyism through his business links with his father-in-law retired Lt. General Habibullah Khan Khattak. One Western commentator in 1969 estimated Gohar Ayub's personal wealth at the time at $4 million dollars, while his families wealth was put in the range of $10–$20 million dollars .
Joined the Pakistani Muslim League
Member of National Assembly of PakistanGohar Ayub had been elected five times to the National Assembly of Pakistan from his home constituency. He was first elected in March 1965 as a Muslim League candidate. In 1977, he contested the National Assembly seat from Peshawar Jail and was elected on the ticket of Asghar Khan's Tehrik-e-Istiqlal party through the aggressive campaigning of his wife. Gohar Ayub Khan has served as senior vice president of the Muslim League and was elected Speaker of the National Assembly after the 1990 general election, remaining in this post until 1993 elections. After re-election in 1993 Gohar Ayub became deputy leader of the opposition in the National Assembly. After the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz victory in 1997, he was appointed Foreign Minister by Nawaz Sharif.
In 1998In 1998 Gohar Ayub resigned his position and was reassigned as Federal Minister for Water and Power which he stayed until the ouster of the PML-N government in October 1999. Defecting from the PML-N to join the military-backed PML of Mian Azhar faction in 2001 he was appointed the Secretary General of the party. Unable to contest the 2002 election because of the graduation degree restriction introduced by Pervez Musharraf. In instead his son Omar Ayub Khan contested and won from his Haripur District seat, while his wife was elected MNA on the reserved women seats. His strongest political opponent in his constituency has been former Chief Minister Raja Sikander Zaman. His son Raja Aamir Zaman defeated Omar Ayub for District Nazim seat in 2002.
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Accusation against the Indian governmentIn December 2008, Khan confirmed suspicions that he consistently makes false statements when he accused the Indian government itself of carrying out the Mumbai attacks. In response to a question on why the Pakistan government does not rein in terrorists like Yusuf Muzammil and Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Khan said "You (referring to India) had your own top man of intelligence (referring to Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad Chief Hemant Karkare) killed either by your own people or by these terrorists"
Record of deliberate statements
- Accusation against Sam Maneckshaw
Gohar Ayub joins PML-N
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