KP caretaker CM Azam Khan dies

Caretaker Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Muhammad Azam Khan. — X/@zarrar_11PK

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s caretaker Chief Minister Mohammad Azam Khan died on Saturday just a day after he was admitted to a hospital, Geo News reported. 

Khan was taken to Peshawar’s Hayatabad Medical Complex after he fell ill, said the hospital administration. He was kept in the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU). 

Khan had suffered a heart attack and died during the treatment, according to doctors.

His funeral prayer will be offered in Prang, Charsadda at 3:30pm today and will be laid to rest in his native town.

The former bureaucrat took oath as the interim chief minister on January 21 this year, following the dissolution of the KP Assembly in the same month.

He was nominated to lead the province by the opposition and his name was unanimously approved by the outgoing Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government as well.

Azam Khan’s profile

Khan was a retired bureaucrat who served as minister for interior, capital administration and development in the interim cabinet of former caretaker prime minister Nasir-ul-Mulk in 2018.

He was a Barrister-at-Law from Lincoln’s Inn, London.

From October 2007 to April 2008, Azam Khan also served as a finance, planning and development minister in KP in the cabinet of CM Shamsul Mulk.

He also served in key posts in both the federal and provincial governments.

From September 1990 to July 1993, Khan also served as the chief secretary. He was also chairman of the Pakistan Tobacco Board.

KP cabinet dissolved

Former secretary of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Kanwar Dilshad said that the provincial cabinet has been dissolved after the death of the KP chief minister. 

He added that all the powers have been transferred to KP Governor Ghulam Ali. 

Condolences pour in 

President Dr Arif Alvi also expressed condolences to the family of the deceased chief minister. He said that he found Khan a decent person during their meetings.

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar expressed deep sorrow over KP CM’s death, praying for the deceased and his family.

“He was an honest and a good person,” said the PM.

Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi expressed heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the family members of the late Azam Khan. 

“Deeply saddened by the death of Azam Khan,” Mohsin Naqvi said and added that his services for the country and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will always be remembered. 

Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also expressed condolences over Khan’s death, saying that he had performed the most important administrative duties in a proper way. 

“Azam Khan’s service towards the people will always be remembered,” added Bilawal. 

More to follow…

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