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Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi

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Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi
عبدالقیوم خان کنڈی
Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi, Member PTI Advisory Committee.jpg
Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi addressing a Pakistan Tehreeke Insaf political rally in Band Kurai area of Dera Ismail Khan
Personal details
Born (1966-07-27) 27 July 1966 (age 55)
Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan
NationalityPakistan
Alma materNED University of Engineering & Technology,Institute of Business Administration
ProfessionBusinessman, Political Activist,Writer,Philosopher,Author,Columnist

Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi (Urdu: عبدالقیوم خان کنڈی‎) (born 27 July 1966) is a Pakistani businessman and political activist. He was elected as president of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce-USA in 2010. He is the founder and chief executive officer of getTickets, LLC and Interactive Ventures. The company owns and operates a network of over 200 web sites in many verticals including city portals, travel, news, automotive, finance, career and entertainment sectors. To keep people informed and educated on politics and social issues Interactive Ventures launched get Pakistan.tv and WorldTalk.tv. He is member of Advisory Committee of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) as well as working with PTI team in Dera Ismail Khan and Tank areas of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Province.

Biography[edit]

Kundi is the member of Kundi sub tribe of Niazi tribe. that hails from Dera Ismail Khan and Tank area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. They are a pashto speaking tribe and has produced many prominent businessmen, politician and soldiers. He was born in his ancestral village Ama Khel on 27 July 1966. He got his primary and secondary education was through Government Anglo Oriental School in Karachi while he got his High School Certificate (H.S.C) was through Government Dehli College in Karachi.

Social and political life[edit]

As an op-ed columnist[edit]

Kundi has been contributing op-ed essays to leading Pakistani newspapers The Frontier Post, The Daily Times, Daily Pakistan Today and weekly Pakistan Chronicle. He has written speeches and advised politicians on election campaigns. His op-ed columns cover topics related to politics, social issues and foreign policy.

He was the first opinion maker to present an idea that the Palestinian bid for UN Security Council membership was supported by United States of America through backdoor diplomatic channels. His theory was based on the view that American strategic focus is shifting from Middle East to South Asia; Israel's intransigent to engage in a viable peace process; pressure from American allies Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia to support Palestinian membership in the UN.[1] This idea was subsequently confirmed when Palestinian application for UNESCO was accepted by a majority vote which could become a precursor to full UN membership.[2] In a speech US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned that Israel will be diplomatically isolated if they do not find a solution to the Middle East Peace process.[3]

In his writing Kundi has presented contemporary views of Islamic Economic System[4][5] and Islamic Social system.[6] His main source for these ideas is Quran, interpreted in the light of discoveries in technology and developments in the social science in the 21st century.

In a 14 December 2011 article Kundi presented the idea of emergence of a new multi-polar world order. In this new order American hegemony is challenged by a collaboration of Sino-Russo alliance resulting in a new cold war.[7]

Political life[edit]

Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi spoke at a PTI jalsa in Shorkot during election campaign 2013
Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi spoke at a PTI jalsa in Muryali during election 2013 campaign
Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi spoke during PTI election campaign jalsa in Sardarewalla D I Khan
Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi spoke during Pakistan Tehreeke Insaf Jalsa in Wanda Baloch D I Khan during election 2013 campaign

Kundi had been active in community politics for over a decade. He became a member of the constitutional review committee of the Pakistan Association of Greater Houston (PAGH). He was actively involved in the election campaign of MJ Khan to become elected member of city council of Houston, which is the fifth largest city in the US. He has written speeches and advised politicians on their election campaigns.

In 2010, he joined Pakistan Tehrike Insaaf after lengthy discussions with Chairman of PTI Imran Khan in Islamabad. He is a member of PTI Central Tarbiyati Council in charge of module development and third most liked PTI leader on Abdul.Quayyum.Kundi facebook after chairman Imran Khan.

He is active in developing the PTI team in Dera Ismail Khan and Tank areas of Khber Pakhtoonkhwa (KPK). During his visit to D I Khan in October 2011, he nominated Imran Khan as a candidate of PTI for NA-24 in a press conference. The nomination has to be formally accepted by Imran Khan once the election dates are announced and parliamentary board accepts it.

Kundi was recommended by the PTI District President as a preferred candidate for NA-24 Dera Ismail Khan to participate in 2013 general elections. This recommendation was made in the light of his contribution towards developing the support for PTI and his popularity among PTI volunteers and tabdeeli razakar in Dera Ismail Khan area. The ticket was awarded to another applicant by the Central Parliamentary Board (CPB) of PTI ignoring the recommendation of the District President.

After the intra-party elections of PTI, Kundi has been leading the efforts to institutionalize the party. He was the first party member to highlight that no office bearer is above the law including Chairman Imran Khan. He filed many petitions with Secretary General of PTI to uphold the constitution and demanded that meeting of central executive committee should be held every 60 days as stipulated by the party constitution. He opposed dharna of PTI and resignation from NA based on the principles that these decisions were taken by an unconstitutional organ and no political basis were provided for engaging in politics of agitation. He led the efforts to implement the orders of PTI election tribunal headed by Justice (r) Wajihuddin. Majority of PTI members supported these institutionalization efforts of Kundi.

As member of Central Tarbiyati Council (CTC) of PTI, he led development of curriculum. He developed training modules that covered constitutional, cultural and political training of PTI grass roots cadre. Because of lack of support from the top leadership CTC was not able to implement the training program.

Books[edit]

  • Kundi, Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi (2012), Islamic Social Contract, Amazon, p. 126, ISBN 978-1479183081, retrieved 5 May 2013
  • Kundi, Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi (2012), Lessons from Quran, Amazon, p. 184, ISBN 978-1477593790, retrieved 5 May 2013
  • Kundi, Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi (2012), Freedom by Choice, Amazon, p. 342, ISBN 978-1477536940, retrieved 5 May 2013

References[edit]

  1. Moving Pieces of Foreign Policy The Daily Times, Lahore, 27 September 2011
  2. UNESCO grants Palestinians Full Membership Reuters, 31 October 2011
  3. Panetta warn Israel Fox News, 3 October 2011
  4. Islamic Social System Vs Capitalism The Daily Times. Lahore, 2 November 2011
  5. Islamic Capitalism Daily Times, 2 November 2011
  6. Islamic Social State The Muslim Observer, New York, 23 November 2011
  7. Cold War 2.0 The Daily Times, Lahore, 14 December 2011

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