Ajmal Khattak
Pakistani writer and politician
Ajmal Khattak
Ajmal Khattak was a Pakistani politician, writer, Pashtun poet, Khudai Khidmatgar, former President of Awami National Party and close friend of the late Khan Wali Khan. His early student life was marked by active protests against the British Raj, which was followed by his joining of the Khudai khidmatgar movement and anti-colonial Pashto poetry.
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Pashto music: Bacha steps forward
The Express Tribune Blogs - almost 5 years
KARACHI:  After a hiatus of four years, Pashto singer Haroon Bacha is finally back on the Pashto music scene with his new album titled Darman. Forty-year-old Bacha, who hails from the district of Swabi, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, was driven away by extremist militants who believed that singing was against the teachings of Islam. Bacha, however, didn’t abandon his creative roots and instead moved to the US where he started hosting a cultural affair programme on Radio Mashaal, a Pashto service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Additionally, he kept his passion for music burning by performing for the Pashto community in the US at small gatherings. “We arrange parties in America and friends from various states come to attend them,” Bacha tells The Express Tribune. He adds, “Sadly, people who know how to play Pashto tunes are scattered in different states, so attendance is not as high as it used to be in K-P.” Even though Bacha is happy with the small ...
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Punjab power politics: Amidst violent protests govt offers ‘respite’
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ISLAMABAD:  Amidst violent protests across Punjab over frequent power cuts in the sizzling hot weather, the government promised on Friday that ‘unannounced load shedding will end within 24 hours’. Water and Power Minister Naveed Qamar made the announcement on the floor of the Senate where lawmakers from the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) staged a walkout to express solidarity with the people. Qamar said that 2,000 megawatts of electricity has been added to the national grid, which has ramped up power generation. Blaming technical faults in some of the main power plants for the sudden power shortfall, he said that emergency measures were taken to fix the problem. Without naming any political party, the minister alleged that the energy crisis was being politicised. “The energy crisis is a nationwide issue, and the nation’s cooperation is required to deal with it,” he said. “Angry protests that involve damaging public and priv ...
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Former party chief: ANP protests against attack on Ajmal Khattak mausoleum
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PESHAWAR: Workers of Awami National Party organised a protest against the bombing of the Mausoleum of party leader Ajmal Khattak on Wednesday. Political workers gathered at the Peshawar press club.  Provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain led the protest demonstration. Addressing activists, the minister condemned the incident and said it was a cowardly act on part of the terrorists. He said that militants were divided on the issue of Maulana Naseeb Wazir’s killing. Maulana Naseeb, a cleric from Darul Uloom Haqqania, was found dead last week after he had allegedly been arrested by intelligence agencies. “They (terrorists) were creating confusions on the issue,” he said, adding that many ANP leaders have been killed or attacked, but the party was not pressurised. He vowed to fight terrorists till they are eliminated. “We will also protest in Nowshera,” said ANP General Secretary Arbab Tahir.  President Peshawar High Court Bar Assoc ...
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Jalib in Jail - The Friday Times
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Those who felt the wrath included eminent nationalist leaders like Khan Abdulwali Khan, Meer Ghaus Bakhsh Bizenjo, Ajmal Khattak, Khairbakhsh Marri, Sardaar Ata'ullah Mengal and Gul Khan Naseer; from Sindh and Punjab, NAP leaders Meraj Muhammad Khan,
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Pashtuns: Chowkidars or noble savages? - DAWN.com
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... not forget the past; we should not allow the memories of the past that Akbar Ahmed so deftly writes about, confuse traditionalism with a generation of radicalisation. Instead of Nang versus Qalang we should recall the poetry of the late Ajmal Khattak
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Academy to be set up to polish artists' skills: Iftikhar - The News International
Google News - almost 6 years
Mian Iftikhar said Gulzar had launched his career in Pashto singing at a time when no other singer could dare utter a word of the progressive and revolutionary Pashto poets like Rahmat Shah Sail, Ajmal Khattak, Ghani Khan, Qalandar Momand and a few
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ajmal Khattak
  • 2010
    Age 84
    Khattak died at a local hospital in Peshawar on Sunday, 7 February 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He was 85. He had left politics years earlier and had been residing at his native village, Akora Khattak. He was laid to rest a day after his death. On 12 May 2012, Khattak's shrine was blown up by unknown militants in Akora Khattak village.
  • 2003
    Age 77
    He retired from active politics in 2003 and was given the title of party patron in Chief.
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  • 2002
    Age 76
    His Party was routed in the 2002 general elections amidst the religio-political parties alliance, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), sweep of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
    More Details Hide Details After the shock victory of the MMA, he rejoined the Awami National Party after efforts by Khan Wali Khan.
  • 2000
    Age 74
    He was ousted as ANP President in 2000, after a protracted power struggle with Nasim Wali Khan, wife of Khan Abdul Wali Khan, triggered by accusations of his closeness to Pervez Musharraf and his criticism of corrupt politicians in a press conference.
    More Details Hide Details Deciding to leave the party he briefly led a splinter group called National Awami Party of Pakistan.
  • 1998
    Age 72
    His two terms as President of the Awami National Party were noted primarily for the close alliance with former opponents, the Muslim League, after the alliance collapsed in January 1998 over the renaming of the province of NWFP to Pakthunkhwa and Khattak role in leading the Awami National party briefly into joining an alliance known as the Pakistan Oppressed Nations Movement (PONM).
    More Details Hide Details The decision to join PONM was made despite strong pressure from party critics who preferred the ANP to ally themselves with a Federal party like the Peoples Party. Eventually, Khattak succumbed to party pressure and the Awami National Party left PONM joining the Grand Democratic Alliance which included the Pakistan Peoples Party.
  • 1994
    Age 68
    As a leading critic of the PPP, it was important for the ANP – IJI alliance to have Ajmal Khattak in parliament, and he was therefore nominated to the Senate of Pakistan in March 1994.
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  • 1993
    Age 67
    In the 1993 general elections, Ajmal Khattak lost his re-election bid in Nowshera to the PPP candidate Major General Naseerullah Babar.
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  • 1990
    Age 64
    In the general election of October 1990, Ajmal Khattak was elected from his home district of Nowshera to the National Assembly of Pakistan, defeating Tariq Khattak of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
    More Details Hide Details These elections also signalled the retirement of Khan Wali Khan after his electoral loss to Maulana Hassan Jan of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam. Ajmal Khattak was elected as the President of the ANP when Khan Wali Khan stepped down from the post.
  • 1989
    Age 63
    He ended his exile in 1989 after the Awami National Party (ANP), the successor of the NAP, entered into an electoral alliance with Nawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League- led Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI).
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    He returned in 1989 and was elected in 1990 to the National Assembly of Pakistan, he was then elected President of the Awami National Party following the retirement of Wali Khan.
    More Details Hide Details Following a power struggle in 2000, he briefly formed a breakaway party which was routed in the 2002 election. He rejoined the Awami National Party shortly afterwards and retired from active politics. Born in Akora Khattak on 15 September 1925, Ajmal Khattak as a child was greatly influenced by Bacha Khan. By the time he turned 17, he was already an active member of the Quit India Movement. He was a student then at the Government High School, Peshawar, but he left to contribute more to the movement. It was the beginning of a political career that stretched over five decades during which his literary pursuits and education took several painful turns. However, he did return to his studies completing a masters in Persian from Peshawar University. At Islamia College, Peshawar, he was among the pioneers who put Pushto literature on the 'modern' track. Linking it to European literature, particularly English, he was able to give it new direction and was acclaimed as a progressive poet.
  • 1973
    Age 47
    He was the organiser and stage secretary at the United Democratic Front rally held at Liaquat Bagh Rawalpindi on 23 March 1973, when shots were fired at the UDF leaders, including Khan Abdul Wali Khan.
    More Details Hide Details In the general melee that followed, a number of UDF and NAP workers were killed by the authorities in their attempt at ending the rally. Since Ajmal Khattak was a prominent figure in the National Awami Party, he was wanted by the Federal Security Force as part of the general crackdown on NAP. To avoid arrest and possible torture, he fled into self-imposed exile to Afghanistan and stayed there for 16 long years. During this time he was closely associated with the Pakhtunistan movement. During his years in Kabul, Ajmal Khattak was a close confidant of Badshah Khan, and also enjoyed excellent relations with leaders of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan, including President Nur Muhammad Taraki, Babrak Karmal and Dr.Mohammad Najibullah. Despite his leftist leanings he opposed Soviet plans to intervene in Pakistan following the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
  • 1970
    Age 44
    He was defeated in the 1970 election in his home constituency.
    More Details Hide Details After the resignation of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa cabinet in protest at President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's dismissal of the Balochistan government led by Sardar Ataullah Mengal, Ajmal Khattak became the Secretary General of the National Awami Party.
    He was defeated by Abdul Haq in the 1970 general election, however following a crackdown against the Party by the government of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Ajmal Khattak fled into exile to Kabul.
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  • 1969
    Age 43
    He served as secretary general of the National Awami Party from 1969–1973.
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  • 1947
    Age 21
    His early student life was marked by active protests against the British Raj, which was followed by his joining of the Khudai khidmatgar movement and anti-colonial Pashto poetry. Following the independence of Pakistan in 1947. he joined the National Awami Party and became a close friend of Abdul Wali Khan.
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  • 1925
    Born in 1925.
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