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May 16, 2013

Profile of Pervez Khattak...Contender for chief minister elected MPA five times, was minister twice

May 16, 2013

NOWSHERA: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s secretary general Pervez Khattak, considered to be a leading contender for the coveted office of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister, is a senior and experienced politician.

The 63-year old Pervez Khattak belongs to Manki Sharif village in Nowshera district. He is the son of noted government contractor Hastam Khan Khattak (late), who was considered among the leading builders in the pre-partition subcontinent.

Pervez Khattak received his early education at the Aitchison College, Lahore, more or less in the same years when PTI chairman Imran Khan was also a student and both were reported to be class-fellows. He did his Senior Cambridge from Aitchison College and later completed graduation from Gordon College, Rawalpindi.

He started his political career as a member of the district council in 1983. Later he was elected to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly five times, the last time on May 11, 2013. He remained minister of industries twice and once served as irrigation minister in the ANP-led government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. However, he resigned from his office in protest against the corruption in the provincial coalition government.

He also remained the first district nazim in Nowshera. His cousin Nasrullah Khattak was the chief minister of the province when Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was the prime minister of Pakistan.During his political career, Pervez Khattak also remained the provincial president of the Pakistan People’s Party-Sherpao (now renamed Qaumi Watan Party).

In the recent polls, he won the National Assembly seat, NA-5 and provincial assembly seat, PK-13 in Nowshera from the PTI platform.He is father of three sons and two daughters. His eldest son Ishaq Khattak, after completing his education, is managing the company that his grandfather had established before the creation of Pakistan. His other two sons Ibrahim Khan Khattak and Ismail Khan Khattak are receiving education in United

Kingdom.

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