Born on August 20, 1944, Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao was educated at Edwardes College, Peshawar, and Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul, Abbottabad. After passing out from Pakistan Military Academy with 34th Long Course in 1965, he joined Armoured Corps in the Probya’s Horse Battalion.
Over a period of 12 years in the army, he rose to the rank of major. It was after the assassination of his elder brother, Hayat Muhammad Khan Sherpao, in a bomb blast in 1975 that he jumped into the political arena. The-then Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto asked him to take an early retirement from his military career.
Afterwards, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto nominated him as provincial vice-president of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). He was thus a stalwart of the original unified PPP from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, erstwhile North West Frontier Province (NWFP).
After the death of his political mentor, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Sherpao wholeheartedly supported his daughter Benazir Bhutto and her struggle against the military dictatorship of General Ziaul Haq. He was a key political figure of the Movement for Restoration of Democracy from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
It was after the unfortunate assassination of his elder brother Hayat Sherpao in a bomb blast in 1975 that Aftab jumped into the political arena. The then Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto asked him to take an early retirement from his military career and afterwards nominated him as Pakistan Peoples Partyâ€™s (PPP) provincial vice-president. Aftab Khan was thus a stalwart of the original unified Pakistan Peoples Party from Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan.
After the death of Bhutto’s political mentor, Zulfikar Ali said he supported wholeheartedly his daughter Benazir Bhutto and her struggle against the military dictatorship of General Zia ul-Haq. One of the main characters of the Political Movement for the Restoration of Democracy (MRD) from the North West Frontier Province. Was in the 1988 elections for the provincial council that he orchestrated the fall of the establishment-backed Pakistan Muslim League (PML), and became Prime Minister of the province. Taking a line from the outside to appease the national patriotic forces hostile to his party and thus expand his political base in their stronghold areas. Once again, he was elected as Prime Minister of North West Frontier Province in 1994. However, in the mid-nineties and has developed serious differences with Benazir Bhutto when Major General Naseer Babar error suspected role in undermining him through the allocation of party tickets in Nowshehra. Eventually leading to the formation of the party and his party called the Pakistan People’s Party (Sherpao). Pakistan fled to Britain after the military took power in 2002 amid accusations of corruption against him. He returned at the end of the day that before the 2002 elections, and after holding an electoral alliance with the political parties elected to religo associations both local, national, and his party performed relatively well in the midst of the defeat of his party and former Muslim League in the border
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