Atif Khan

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Atif Khan
Provincial Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Food
Assumed office
20 May 2021
GovernorShah Farman
Chief MinisterMahmood Khan
Provincial Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Science and Technology
Assumed office
20 May 2021
GovernorShah Farman
Chief MinisterMahmood Khan
Provincial Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Information Technology
Assumed office
20 May 2021
GovernorShah Farman
Chief MinisterMahmood Khan
Provincial Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (without portfolio)
In office
13 April 2021 – 20 May 2021
GovernorShah Farman
Chief MinisterMahmood Khan
Senior Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
In office
29 August 2018 – 26 January 2020
GovernorShah Farman
Chief MinisterMahmood Khan
Provincial Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Tourism, Culture, Sports, Archaeology and Youth Affairs
In office
29 August 2018 – 26 January 2020
Chief MinisterMahmood Khan
Preceded byMahmood Khan
Provincial Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Energy and Power
In office
July 2014 – May 2018
Chief MinisterPervez Khattak
Provincial Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Elementary and Secondary Education
In office
June 2013 – May 2018
Chief MinisterPervez Khattak
Member of the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Assumed office
13 August 2018
ConstituencyPK-50 (Mardan-III)
In office
29 May 2013 – 28 May 2018
ConstituencyPK-30 (Mardan-VIII)
Personal details
Born (1972-05-21) 21 May 1972 (age 50)
Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Political partyPakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Residence(s)Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan
EducationCadet College Kohat
Alma materUniversity of Peshawar

Muhammad Atif Khan (Urdu: عاطف خان) is a Pakistani politician who was the Provincial Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Tourism, Culture, Sports, Archaeology and Youth Affairs, in office from 29 August 2018 till 26 January 2020. He has been a member of the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since August 2018.

Previously, he was a member of the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from May 2013 to May 2018. He served as Provincial Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Elementary and Secondary Education from June 2013 to May 2018. He was appointed as Minister for Food and Science and Technology and Information Technology on 20 May 2021.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

He was born on 21 May 1972.[2][3]

He received his matriculation-level education from the Nisar Shaheed College, Risalpur and did intermediate from Cadet College Kohat.[2][3] He holds an MBA degree.[4]

Political career[edit]

He was elected to the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as a candidate of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) from Constituency PK-30 (Mardan-VIII) in 2013 Pakistani general election.[2] He received 16,985 votes and defeated Azam Khan of PMLN.[5] On 14 June 2013, he was inducted into the provincial Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet of Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and was appointed as Provincial Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Elementary and Secondary Education.[6][4] On 1 July 2014, he was given the additional ministerial portfolio of Energy and Power.[7]

During his tenure as minister for elementary and secondary education, he is credited with introducing a number of reforms (including improvements in curriculum as well as schools infrastructure, increasing enrollment, ensuring teachers attendance and enhancing budget for primary and elementary education) in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's education sector.[3] He remained minister for Elementary and Secondary Education till 2018.[8]

He was re-elected to the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa] as a candidate of PTI from Constituency PK-50 (Mardan-III) in 2018 Pakistani general election. He received 25,807 votes and defeated Haroon Khan, a candidate of Awami National Party (ANP). In the same election, he also ran for the seat of the National Assembly of Pakistan as a candidate of PTI from Constituency NA-21 (Mardan-II) but was unsuccessful. He lost the seat to Ameer Haider Khan Hoti by a narrow margin of 156 votes.[2][3]

After PTI acquired a two-thirds majority during the general election in the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa[9] Imran Khan preferred Atif Khan for the office of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Ministership[10][11][12] however, had to nominate Mahmood Khan due to strong reservations and grouping within the ranks orchestrated by Pervez Khattak over the former's selection.[11][13]

On 29 August 2018, he was inducted into the provincial Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet of Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and was appointed as Provincial Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Tourism,[14] Culture, Sports, Archaeology and Youth Affairs.[15][16] He was given the status of a senior minister.[17]

Since taking over his role as minister Atif Khan has revitalized the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tourism department and has provided great impetus to the work of sports and Youth affairs that he was partly overseeing in his previous term as minister for Education.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet sees shake-up". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d "Atif Khan among pioneer members of PTI in Mardan". The News. 1 August 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Atif Khan 'picked' as next KP CM". The Nation. 1 August 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Posts of power: Provincial cabinet offers diverse blend | The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  5. ^ "2013 election result" (PDF). ECP. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  6. ^ Sherazi, Zahir Shah (13 June 2013). "No female minister in KP as cabinet takes oath". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Additional responsibilities: Education Minister Atif Khan assigned energy portfolio | The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  8. ^ Ali, Zulfiqar (17 July 2018). "District profile: Party aspirations vs voters' aspirations in Mardan". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  9. ^ "PTI eyes two-thirds majority in K–P Assembly". The Express Tribune. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  10. ^ "A brand new". The News. 12 August 2018. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  11. ^ a b Ashfaq, Mohammad (9 August 2018). "Billionaire from Swat named KP chief minister". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Imran Khan nominates Mehmood Khan as new KP CM". The News. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Imran nominates Mehmood Khan for KP chief minister". Geo News. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  14. ^ "11 member KP cabinet takes oath, Kamran Bangash left out". The News. 29 August 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Atif vows to run Tourism Dept along modern lines". The News. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Senior minister Atif says he sought tourism portfolio by choice". The News. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  17. ^ "As senior minister in 15-member KP cabinet, Atif will look after tourism". The News. Retrieved 5 September 2018.