Senior PPP leader Rahimdad passes away

PESHAWAR: Senior politician and former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa president of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Rahimdad Khan passed away on Saturday night.

His funeral prayer will be offered today in Hathian, Mardan district.

Rahimdad began his political career back in 1965 as a student. His active political career, however, started in 1968-69 with the PPP.

He contested his first elections in the 1970s for a provincial assembly seat from his hometown of Mardan. Khan however lost the election by a small margin. He won the 1977 elections and was made deputy speaker of what was then the North West Frontier Provincial assembly.

Khan won again in 1988, but did not enjoy the same luck in the 1990s. He also lost the 2002 elections when the Muttahida Majlis Amal swept the polls. In the early 2000s, Khan served as PPP provincial president for a period of about five years.

In 2008, he won the elections from PK-27, Mardan-V, and served as Senior Minister for the Planning and Development department in the Awami National Party-PPP coalition government. Khan had bidden adieu to electoral politics in 2013. - TLTP