Asfandyar Wali Khan

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Asfandiyar Wali Khan
اسفندیار ولی خان
اسفندیار ولي خان
President of Awami National Party
Assumed office
Preceded byEhsan Wyne
In office
Preceded byAjmal Khattak
Succeeded byEhsan Wyne
Personal details
Born (1949-02-19) 19 February 1949 (age 75)
Charsadda, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan
(present-day Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan)
Political partyAwami National Party
ChildrenAimal Wali Khan (son)
RelativesKhan Abdul Bahram Khan (great-Grand father)
Abdul Ghaffar Khan (grandfather)
Abdul Ghani Khan (uncle)
Abdul Ali Khan (uncle)
Sangeen Wali Khan (half-brother)
Residence(s)Walibagh, Charsadda, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Parliament Pakistan

Asfandyar Wali Khan (Pashto: اسفندیار ولي خان; Urdu: اسفندیار ولی خان; born 19 February 1949) is a Pakistani politician from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who is the president of the Awami National Party (ANP). His father, Abdul Wali Khan, was the party's first president. He is the grandson of Abdul Ghaffar Khan, better known as Bacha Khan; Abdul Ghaffar was the founder of the non-violent political movement in NWFP, Khudai Khidmatgar ("Servants of the God") during British colonial rule in India and a companion of Mahatma Gandhi. Asfandyar's Granduncle Khan Abdul Jabbar Khan was the Indian National Congress's Chief Minister of the North West Frontier Province, during the waning days of the British Raj, and also the Chief Minister of the province during the early days of independent Pakistan. Asfandyar is the present president of the Awami National Party and has served as Member of Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan and senator in the Senate of Pakistan. Asfandyar Wali Khan got credit of provincial autonomy in Pakistan and the renaming of North West Frontier Province as Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa with support of coalition partner PPP during 18th amendment 2010.

Personal background[edit]

Asfandyar Wali Khan calls on the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on July 28, 2004.

Asfandyar Wali Khan was born in Charsadda, then a small village outside of Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Pakistan. He is the eldest son of Abdul Wali Khan and his first wife Taj Bibi. After the death of his mother in February 1949 his father married Nasim Wali Khan in 1954. Sangeen Wali Khan was his half brother and eldest son of Nasim Wali Khan.


Asfandyar Wali Khan completed his early education from Aitchison College, Lahore, High School from Islamia Collegiate School and his BA from Islamia College, Peshawar Pakhtoon Khwa University of Peshawar.[1]

Political career[edit]

Asfandyar Wali Khan joined the opposition to Ayub Khan as a student activist. In 1975, Asfandyar was imprisoned and tortured by the government. His nails and hairs were plugged off and he was kept in C class jail just because his father Wali Khan was in opposition to Bhutto.[2] by the government of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and convicted as part of the Hyderabad tribunal for 15 years.[3] Released in 1978, he stayed away from electoral politics till 1990..

Asfandyar Wali Khan served as leader of the Pakhtun Student Federation prior to being elected to the provincial Assembly in the 1990 election, while in the 1993 election he was elected to Pakistan's National Assembly. A seat to which he was re-elected to the National Assembly in the 1997 election and served as Parliamentary leader of the ANP and chairman of the standing committee on inter-provincial co-ordination.

In 1999, he was elected party president for the first time. He was defeated in the 2002 election, in what was a repeat of his father's defeat in 1990, when a tactical alliance was formed by all the anti-ANP groups against him. After his defeat he resigned as president of his party, only to be re-elected unopposed in the subsequent party election. In 2003 he was elected to the Senate for a 6-year term. He was re-elected to the National Assembly in the parliamentary elections that was held in February 2008, leading his party to power both provincially and nationally, the former for the first time since 1947 and the latter since 1997.[4]

In September 2008, he was elected as chairman of the standing committee on foreign affairs.[5]

In 2008 it was reported by Dawn that he made a secret visit to the United States in which he made high level contacts with the U.S Central Command.[6]

Assassination attempt[edit]

On 3 October 2008, he was targeted by a suicide bomber who attempted to kill him while he was greeting guests during Eid ul-Fitr.[7][8] Asfandyar Wali Khan remained Steadfast and challenged the Terrorists.The story that opposition propagated about leaving to London is fake.Asfandyar remained in Charsadda and his party fought against terrorists


  1. ^ "Awami National Party website". Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2008.
  2. ^ Hayat Sherpao Khan the murder. Finally, nothing was proved against him. Archived 17 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 28 March 2008
  3. ^ Cowasjee, Ardeshir (21 June 1997) Murtaza's murder. The Dawn. The DAWN Group. Available online at [1]. Also see Cowasjee (25 April 1996) Old Hat. The Dawn. The DAWN group [2]
  4. ^ Asfandyar facing opposition from family[usurped]
  5. ^ Asfandyar Wali elected Chairman Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Archived 28 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine APP, Retrieved 9-17-08
  6. ^ US silent on visit of Asfandyar
  7. ^ Asfandyar unfazed after suicide attack DAWN 4 October 2008
  8. ^ Retrieved October 4, 2008

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