Ali Asghar Khan (politician)

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Ali Asghar Khan
علی اصغر خان
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Former Regional President
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Hazara Region
In office
23 February 2013 – 23 May 2015
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Central Vice-President of
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
In office
Appointed byImran Khan
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Member of Central Executive Committee of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Appointed byImran Khan
Assumed office
Personal details
Citizenship Pakistan
Alma materRoyal Institute of British Architects U.K.
University of Greenwich
Development Practitioner

Ali Asghar Khan (Urdu: علی اصغر خان‎;) is a prominent politician and social activist from the Hazara region of Pakistan. He lives in Abbottabad, the centre of the Hazara region in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Early life, family, and education[edit]

Ali Asghar Khan was born in Karachi, the second son of Air Marshal Asghar Khan and Amina Shamsie.[1][2] His brother, Omar Asghar Khan,[3] was also a politician, social activist, and development practitioner.[4][5]

Khan received his early education from Habib Public School Karachi and Abbottabad Public School. An architect by trade,[6] he got his professional education from the Royal Institute of British Architects, U.K.[citation needed]

Political career and social work[edit]

Ali Asghar Khan addresses public rally in Abbottabad

Khan served as the Executive Director of the Omar Asghar Khan Development Foundation for more than ten years.[7] The foundation works on political advocacy across the country, particularly in the Hazara region.

He is a founder of Tehreek Huqooq e Hazara[8] (Movement for Rights of Hazara)[9] and is also active in national politics.

He participated actively in a movement known as the Lawyers' Movement from its early protests against the Musharraf regime in March 2007 until the restoration of the judges in March 2009. In recognition of his contribution to the movement, Ali Asghar Khan was invited to be in a group of ten individuals who raised the national flag at the Chief Justice's residence on 22 March 2009.[10]

Like his father and brother, Khan works to promote human rights, especially in Hazara. In 2009, Khan initiated a national campaign called Aman Ittehad (United for Peace), which is working in all four provinces including FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan.[11]

Khan has been involved in politics since his teens, when he began taking part in democratic movements in the mid-1970s. He was first arrested at the age of 17 in Lahore for violating Section 144 and participating in a pro-democracy rally, something that was repeated a number of times during the Pakistan National Alliance's movement led by his father. He later went on to contest the general elections unsuccessfully from NA-17 Abbottabad.[12]

Khan was elected as President of the Hazara Region of the Pakistan Tehrik Insaf in 2013; previously, he was the party's Central Vice-President. He has also been a member of the Central Executive Committee of the party since 2011.[13] Khan was willing to contest in the general elections scheduled on 11 May 2013 as a party candidate from the NA-17 constituency, but he could not get consideration by the parliamentary board of Pakistan Tehrik Insaf. Khan is known for his progressive and development-oriented ideas, and has served on different committees formed to develop the party's policies.[14][15]

In an appeal before the Supreme Court of Pakistan in March 2015, Khan was allegedly blamed for cutting pine trees for his commercial plaza in Abbottabad. This appeal was filed against the Peshawar High Court's verdict, wherein a writ petition was dismissed on the basis of non-maintainability. The Supreme Court ordered the EPA to make an inspection,[16] and ordered a stop to the cutting of the pine trees.[17]


  1. Anjum, Niaz. "Fungus, the bogeyman". The Reporter. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  2. Panhwar, Sani (1989). He was not hanged. MY ASSOCIATION WITH ASGHAR KHAN. pp. 113 to 122. Search this book on Logo.png
  3. Khan, Ali Asghar (27 June 2002). "son of Air Marshal Asghar Khan and brother of Omar Asghar Khan". Daily Dawn. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  4. Khan, Omar Asghar. "Omar Asghar Khan". Sungi Development Foundation. SUNGI. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  5. Khan, Omar Asghar. "Workers Employers Bilateral Council of Pakistan Meeting With Chief Executive of Pakistan at Islamabad on 30th April, 2001". Meeting with Chief Executive of Pakistan. Workers Employers Bilateral Council of Pakistan (WEBCOP). Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  6. Design Group Practice. "PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT". DGP. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  7. Khan, Ali Asghar. "Executive Director". Omar Aghar Khan Foundation. OAKDF. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  9. Protest Rally, Kohistan flood rehabilitation issues (2 January 2011). "Tehrik Haqooq-i-Hazara". Daily Times Islamabad. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  10. "CJ Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry restored – Special Coverage – Jang Group of Newspaper". Archived from the original on 8 August 2014.
  11. Khan, Ali Asghar (1 January 2012). "Country-wide Solidarity Day by Aman Ittehad (Alliance for Peace)". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  12. Khan, Ali Asghar (6 October 2002). "ELECTIONS 2002 (Hazara Division)". Daily Times. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  13. Daily, The Nation. "Announcement by Imran Khan". Ali Asghar Khan member CEC of PTI. The News. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  15. Hassan Ali (7 April 2013). "Growing rifts: Internal dissent dampens PTI's popularity".
  16. EPA orders news item 2015
  17. Supreme Court stops work on plazas and cutting of trees Nov 2015

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