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Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan (Urdu: رانا محمد افضل خان‎; 22 February 1949 – 27 September 2019)[1] was a Pakistani politician, businessman and Army officer who served as leader of PML-N, and Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs in the Abbasi cabinet from December 2017 to May 2018. He was a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan, from June 2013 to May 2018, where he was the Parliamentary Secretary for Finance, Revenue and Privatisation. Previously, he was a Member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab from 1997 to 1999 and again from 2008 to 2013.

Rana Afzal Khan
Rana Afzal Khan in 2013.jpg
Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs
In office
26 December 2017 – 31 May 2018
Prime MinisterShahid Khaqan Abbasi
Preceded byIshaq Dar (Minister)
Succeeded byShamshad Akhtar (Caretaker)
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
In office
1 June 2013 – 31 May 2018
ConstituencyNA-82 (Faisalabad)
Member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab
In office
1997–2008
Personal details
Born(1949-02-22)22 February 1949
Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan
Died27 September 2019(2019-09-27) (aged 70)
Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan
Political partyPakistan Muslim League (N)
Spouse(s)Dr. Najma Afzal Khan
Children4
Alma materNED University of Engineering and Technology
University of Balochistan
Military service
Branch/service Pakistan Army
Years of service1971–1976
RankOF-2 Pakistan Army.svg Captain

He was also the founder and major shareholder of Saahil Limited, a family-run corporation in numerous industries including Health, Manufacturing, Real Estate, and Energy. After his death, full control of the company fell to his family; his son, Ihsaan Afzal Khan, had been managing operations of the company while Rana Afzal Khan held elected office.

Early life and educationEdit

Khan was born on 22 February 1949 in Faisalabad to Major Fazal Muhammad Khan.[2][3]

He received his early education from Dhaka, Bangladesh.[4]

Khan received B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the NED University of Engineering and Technology in 1971 and completed MA in Political Science from the University of Balochistan.[2][3]

While in college, Khan decided that he would divide his life into 3 sections. First, he would serve his country in the army. Then, he would enter business and establish a Company. Finally, he would serve his country once more, as a politician.

Military and Early Political CareerEdit

Khan served in the Pakistan Army as a captain from 1971 to 1976.[5][3]

At the Start of his Career, Khan was an electrical engineer.

Prior to starting political career, Khan served in the executive committee of Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry and as vice chairman of Water and Sanitation Agency.[5]

Business CareerEdit

Khan was invited to join PML-N following his successful Business career in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. He was a Vice President of a British-American company in Saudi Arabia, before returning to Pakistan.

In Pakistan, he founded and Chaired the Saahil Group, a Company which expanded into the Manufacturing, Real Estate, Energy, Sanitation, Infrastructure, Education and Health Industries through its subsidiaries, run in part by his sons, Inaam and Ihsaan. Saahil Group also operates Saahil Hospital, a Medical Facility in the city of Faisalabad.

Punjab Political CareerEdit

Khan was elected to the Provincial Assembly of Punjab as a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N) from Constituency PP-55 (Faisalabad) in 1997 Pakistani general election.[5][6] He received 32,402 votes and defeated Raja Riaz Ahmad, a candidate of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).[7]

Khan ran for the seat of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab as a candidate of PML-N from Constituency PP-66 (Faisalabad-XVI) in 2002 Pakistani general election but was unsuccessful. He received 17,779 votes and lost the seat to Riaz Shahid, a candidate of PPP.[8]

Khan was re-elected to the Provincial Assembly of Punjab as a candidate of PML-N from Constituency PP-66 (Faisalabad-XVI) in 2008 Pakistani general election.[5] He received 34,487 votes and defeated Riaz Shahid, a candidate of PPP.[9]

National Political CareerEdit

He was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan as a candidate of PML-N from Constituency NA-82 (Faisalabad-VIII) in 2013 Pakistani general election.[10][11][12][13] He received 126,426 votes and defeated a candidate of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.[14]

In December 2013, he was appointed as Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization.[15] After Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar took a medical leave in November 2017 before stepping down from the office, Khan was considered for the slot of Minister of State for Finance.[16] After pressure on the federal government to fill the office of finance minister which was vacant for a month,[4] Khan was inducted on 22 December 2017 into the federal cabinet of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi after he was approved for the appointment of Minister of State for Finance[5] with the additional charge of economic division.[17] Khan said that Ishaq Dar recommended his name for the slot of minister of state for finance.[11] Khan's appointment came at time when country was advancing towards a balance of payment crises.[18] He took oath as minister of state for finance and Economic Affairs on 26 December.[19][20] Upon the dissolution of the National Assembly on the expiration of its term on 31 May 2018, Khan ceased to hold the office as Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs.[21]

After the 2018 General Election, Khan served as Senior Leader of PML-N and regularly appeared on news channels to discuss the day's political events. It was speculated that he would attempt to return to elected office in the 2023 general election, as a Senate candidate.

Family and Personal LifeEdit

Khan was married to Dr. Najma Afzal Khan, a member of the Punjab Assembly. He had two sons and two daughters.

His eldest daughter, Aliya Afzal Khan, is a businesswoman and politician in the United Kingdom. His eldest son, Inaam Afzal Khan, owns multiple sschools in Pakistan. His 3rd child, Ihsaan 'Sunny' Afzal Khan, oversees many of Saahil Limited's divisions in Pakistan, and his fourth child, Hina Afzal Khan, is a doctor who lives in the United States.

LegacyEdit

Khan was described by his colleagues in PMLN as a 'fierce advocate for Democracy'. His funeral was attended by tens of thousands of people in the city of Faisalabad. He was known for having firm principles, but being able to compromise in order to achieve legislative progress; both members of PMLN and PTI have payed tribute to him on social media.

Death and ReactionEdit

A few days prior to his death, he suffered from angina pain and was admitted to AFIC hospital in Faisalabad.

Hospitals sources said that Afzal Khan, who had also served as the state minister during the PML-N government, was placed on ventilator after his health deteriorated but did not survive.

After his death, Opposition leader Sharif tweeted his condolences and praised Khan as a champion of Democracy. The Incumbent President of Pakistan, Arif Alvi called the family of Afzal Khan, expressing his condolences and describing Khan as a 'Great man'. Incumbent Prime Minister Imran Khan held a prayer for Rana Afzal Khan at the Cabinet meeting that took place after his death.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.samaa.tv/news/politics/2019/09/pml-n-leader-rana-afzal-passes-away-in-faisalabad/
  2. ^ a b "Profile". www.pap.gov.pk. Provincial Assembly of Punab. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "PM approves appointment of Rana Afzal as finance minister". The Nation. 22 December 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b Ali, Kalbe (23 December 2017). "Afzal set to become state minister for finance". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e Khan, Sanaullah (22 December 2017). "PML-N's Rana Afzal approved as new state minister for finance by PM Abbasi". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Previous Assemblies". www.pap.gov.pk. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Punjab Assembly election result 1988–97" (PDF). ECP. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
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  9. ^ "2008 election result" (PDF). ECP. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 January 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Rana Afzal to take oath as state minister for finance in coming week – Pakistan – Dunya News". Dunya News. 22 December 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Rana Afzal Khan set to take reins of Finance Ministry". Pakistan Today. 22 December 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Final list of candidates in Faisalabad". www.thenews.com.pk. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  13. ^ "138 MNAs either paid no income tax, or FBR has no such data". www.thenews.com.pk. Archived from the original on 3 February 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  14. ^ "2013 election result" (PDF). ECP. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 February 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Rana Afzal made Parliamentary Secretary for Finance". Business Recorder. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  16. ^ "In Dar's absence, Fawad indirectly running affairs of finance ministry". www.pakistantoday.com.pk. 24 November 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Miftah Ismail becomes finance adviser – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 27 December 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  18. ^ "Afzal picked as state minister amid mounting financial troubles". The Nation. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  19. ^ "Rana Afzal takes oath as state minister for finance". The Nation. 27 December 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  20. ^ "Rana Afzal Khan takes oath as minister of state for finance". www.pakistantoday.com.pk. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  21. ^ "Notification" (PDF). Cabinet division. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 June 2018. Retrieved 1 June 2018.