Gohar Ayub Khan

Gohar Ayub Khan (Urdu; Pashto: گوہر ایوب خان; January 15, 1937), is a veteran politician, business oligarch, retired army officer, and conservative figure of the Pakistan Muslim League, who held ministerial positions in the of former Prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Rooted from Afghan descent family, Gohar Ayub Khan hailed from the local village, "Rehana", located Haripur city of Hazara District of North-West Frontier Province. Khan is the son of former President Field Marshal Ayub Khan and played an influential role in sustaining his father's presidential rule after the 1965 presidential elections. Educated and graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Khan given commissioned in Pakistan Army in 1959 and subsequently took voluntarily retirement as Captain in 1962. During his military service, Khan served as his father's aide-de-camp during that period traveling with him on several foreign trips. Upon his resignation, Khan established a business conglomerate and entered in politics in 1974.

He contested in 1977 general elections through the Independence Movement platform but joined the Islamic Democratic Alliance (IDA) in 1988. After the 1990 general elections, Gohar Khan was appointed as fourteenth Speaker of the National Assembly and became 20th Minister of Foreign Affairs after securing his seat with heavy margin in 1997 general elections. However, he later was shifted in energy department as minister for water and power on August 7, 1998. His term was abruptly ended on 12 October 1999 by General Pervez Musharraf, and subsequently retired from national politics in 2007.

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