Gohar Ayub Khan - Politics - Foreign Affairs and Water and Power Ministry

Foreign Affairs and Water and Power Ministry

After securing a heavy mandate from his constituency, Gohar Ayub was appointed as 20th Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1997 by Prime minister Navaz Sharif. He is well known in public for his anti-Indian stance, and publicly backed Prime minister Sharif for authorizing the nuclear testing programme in response to India's test on May 1998. He reportedly issued hostile statements and began to call for atomic tests in response to India, although the Prime minister was much more subdue. He prematurely issued media reports to media and had the Prime minister displeased.

On 7 August 1998, Gohar Ayub was replaced by economic minister Sartaj Aziz, who put efforts to make peace with India and Pakistan, and was reassigned as Minister for Water and Power and served until he was ousted and forced to resign on October 12, 1999 as a result of the successful and bloodless military coup d'├ętat commenced by chief of army staff and chairman joint chiefs General Pervez Musharraf.

Gohar Ayub had strained relations with Nawaz Sharif, therefore leaving the Pakistan Muslim League in 1999. Gohar Ayub defected to Pakistan Muslim League (N)'s Splinter Group in 2001. He was appointed as the first Secretary General of the party. Unable to contest the 2002 election because of the graduation degree restriction introduced by Pervez Musharraf, Gohar Ayub Khan endorsed and provide a vital support to his eldest son Omar Ayub Khan and won from his Haripur District seat, while his wife was elected MNA on the reserved women seats. His strongest political opponent in his constituency has been former Chief Minister Raja Sikander Zaman.

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