The late Azam Khan, who served as the caretaker Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa until his passing on a Saturday morning, was a distinguished figure with a rich history of public service. Hailing from the Parrang area of Charsadda district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azam Khan assumed his role as caretaker chief minister on January 21, 2023.
Educated at the esteemed Islamia College, Khan embarked on his barrister studies in the United Kingdom in 1962. Shortly thereafter, he entered the civil service, with his initial assignment as an assistant commissioner in Peshawar. This marked the beginning of a career that would see him occupy various pivotal positions.
Khan’s contributions extended beyond the borders of Pakistan, as he completed his barrister studies in the UK. His administrative prowess became evident as he rose through the ranks, serving the nation in different capacities. In the caretaker government from October 2007 to April 2008, Azam Khan held the crucial positions of finance minister and planning and development minister for the province.
His dedication to public service and administrative acumen was further demonstrated when he assumed the role of the federal interior minister in the interim government of 2018. Before this, from 1990 to 1993, he held the esteemed position of chief secretary of the province. Azam Khan’s illustrious career culminated with his retirement as a federal secretary.
Post-retirement, Khan continued to contribute to the global community by joining the United Nations, where he took charge of several significant projects. His expertise in administrative affairs was acknowledged not only within the boundaries of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan but also internationally.
Belonging to a prominent political family, Azam Khan earned a law degree from Peshawar University and pursued further studies at London’s Lincoln’s Inn College, obtaining a bar law degree.
Azam Khan’s legacy is one of dedicated service, administrative excellence, and a commitment to making a positive impact both nationally and globally. His passing leaves a void in the realm of public service that will be remembered and respected for years to come.