Ajmal Khattak


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Designation: Former President of National Awami Party(Wali)
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Nar Khattak Ajmal Khattak (born September 15, 1925) is a Pakistani politician, writer and Pashtun poet and close friend of the late Khan Wali Khan.

Born in Akora Khattak on September 15, 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 (1942). 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 doing an MA 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 through the length and breadth of the subcontinent.

He has had a long career in both the Indian Independence Movement movement against the British in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) of what was then British India as well as part of the National Awami Party(NAP) in its various incarnations in Pakistan. His early political career began during the Quit India movement after he came under the influence of the Khudai Khidmatgar movement. He was forced to leave the school due to his involvement in the Quit India Movement. As a writer he served as editor of various Newspapers and periodicals, including Anjam, Shahbaz, Adal and Rahber as well as script writer for Radio Pakistan.

He was elected as a member of NWFP Provincial Assembly and served as a Provincial minister in the cabinet of Mufti Mehmood's NAP - JUI government in 1972. After the resignation of the NWFP 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 the organizer and stage secretary at the United Democratic Front rally held at Liaquat Bagh Rawalpindi on March 23, 1973, when shots were fired at the UDF leaders, including Khan Abdul Wali Khan. 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.

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. These elections also signaled 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 Awami National Party when Khan Wali Khan stepped down from the post.

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amjad khan ( mardan hoti ,United arab Emirates) Tuesday, June 14, 2011 9:06:56 AM (MDT - USA)
ajmal khattak is the gart ledar of da pashton and nice man

Muhammad Altaf ( Peshawar,Pakistan) Monday, January 31, 2011 1:07:26 AM (MDT - USA)
اجمل خٹک ایک انقلابی شاعر تھے۔ان کے ایک شعر کی بدولت 1985 کےعام انتخابات میں حلقہ این اے 2پشاور 2 سے ایک انتہائی مفلس اور غریب نوجوان سالم خلیل نے ضیا الحق کے وزیر کھیل،ثقافت اور سیاحت ارباب نیاز محمد کو عبرت ناک شکست دی۔وہ سیاست میں مسٹر کلین کے نام سے مشہور تھے۔ اجمل خٹک نے صحافت کے میدان میں بھی نام کمایا۔وہ درویش سیاستدان کےطور پر مشہور تھے

Muhammad Idrees ( Fujairah,United arab Emirates) Friday, November 13, 2009 6:00:49 AM (MDT - USA)
Ajmal khattak being a personal he is much experince and old politician before Pakistan, and had been working way form the cruption and living style is much simple. But due in his respect, can't understand in his whole life that N.W.F.P is not a state of only pushto speakers, sriki and hindko speaker also part of N.W.F.P. If he understand the weightage of Hindko and Sriki, it wil be appretiable.

Nawaz Khalil ( Birmingham,United Kingdom) Tuesday, September 15, 2009 6:14:13 AM (MDT - USA)
Ajmal khattak is a true son of the soil,a dedicated pukhtoon and a follower of Bacha khan with along struggle and hardship faced including jails,tortures and exile from both British government and later on thier slaves in Pakistan.Pukhtoon love him both as a person and his poetry and philosophy.He is an asset of pukhtoons like other great pukhtoon leaders like Bacha khan and Walikhan.

jan yousafzai ( newark nj,United States) Thursday, July 23, 2009 12:00:06 PM (MDT - USA)
As a poet he is great, as a politician,he stands no where like other ANP leaders.Keep changing the AGENDA is not the way to success. It is determination which can achieve the GOAL.Bacha khan policy of "none violence" was borrowed from Ghandi and Ghandi was a creation of Her Majesty,s government, like "Nelson Mandela". To provide safe passage to british out of INDIA.Against the movement of "SUBHASH CHANDAR BOSE" Who was against the safe passage . The same happened to south africa. Why Madela after coming out wife,of prison divorced "Vini" his Cause he had a an understanding and contract with whaite man not to be expelled from South Africa. That,s why Mandela is still a darling of QUEEN.Bacha Khan , whom i respect as a pakhtoon,and not as a political leader.Those who does not GO with neu-con agenda are never mentioned in MEDIA, or, mentioned with a bad name.Look at Mao, Che,umar mukhtar,Bin billah,Jomo Kenyata,Soikarno,Ho Chi Minh.Khomaini and a lot more. Ajmal Khattak was a sold politician, and a yes man of "KAFIR PURA" what is called "Islam Abad.

muslim shah bunery ( london,United Kingdom) Sunday, May 24, 2009 1:50:26 PM (MDT - USA)
Despite my political differences with ajmal khatak i still love and respect ajmal khatak because he is the man of principal and never changed his political style if he shows a bit of elasticity or flexibility in he would got some premier posts in the previous governments..Ajamal is a brave pakhtoon and render a valuable and golden part to the pashtoon culture he is in the stage of that all pashtoon should love and respect him may God give him long life with honor

aurngzeb khan ( peshawar,Pakistan) Friday, February 13, 2009 7:17:01 PM (MDT - USA)
Very biased and dishonest summary of ajmal khattak.. Ajmal khattak was a hardliner in ANP who wanted to declare NWFP as independent Pukhtoonistan. He had strong disagreement with Abdul wali khan and quit the party. In 1972 he lead procession and were raising slogan for independent Pukhtoonistan and against Pakistan. Though ZA Bhutto had undemocratically fired atta ullah mengal government. ajmal khattak left Pakistan for Jalalabad for self exile. If someone say he is patriotic to Pakistan must be fool. I have personally heard his views numerous times and he is hard core separatist and has no love or desire for Pakistan existence.

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