Peshawar's international airport renamed after Bacha Khan

Published: January 27, 2012
The international airport for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s capital Peshawar has been named after legendary Pashtun leader Bacha Khan. PHOTO: CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY

The international airport for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s capital Peshawar has been named after legendary Pashtun leader Bacha Khan. PHOTO: CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY

PESHAWAR: The international airport for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s capital Peshawar has been named after legendary Pashtun leader Bacha Khan.

The announcement was made on Friday by Awami National Party’s Asfandyar Wali Khan at a short ceremony held at the airport. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had earlier approved that the airport will be renamed.

According to a press statement, the ceremony was held at the lounge of the airport and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti, Senator Afrasyab Khattak and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Iftikhar Hussain were present.

Earlier, at a public gathering in Peshawar on Thursday, the ANP chief had announced that the airport will be renamed.

The airport was made an international airport in 1965, and is served by middle-east’s best airlines including Emirates, Ettihad, Qatar Airways and GulfAir.


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  • Lobster
    Jan 27, 2012 - 8:02PM

    Can these leaders actually do anything construction instead of renaming already developed facilities?


  • Pro Bono Publico
    Jan 27, 2012 - 8:05PM

    How does renaming an airport put bread on tables or offer education to the taxpayers. Tens of thousands will be spent on formalizing this change.


  • truepak
    Jan 27, 2012 - 8:19PM

    Isnt he the gentleman who willed not even to be buried on Pakistan soil?I dont think any politician,living or dead, deserves to get government built colleges,airports etc named after them.Recommend

  • Megatron
    Jan 27, 2012 - 8:45PM

    What’s in a name…by changing names of province or changing names of airport cannot bring back Pakistan on track….don’t know why ANP and MQM are focusing on un-productive areas…


  • ManiacusXtremus
    Jan 27, 2012 - 8:47PM

    to be quite honest one should think they’ll be renaming this country pretty soon. A shame that all the politicos do is squabble amongst each other and rename historic places after people who didn’t hold any great affection for the country in the first place.


  • bangash
    Jan 27, 2012 - 9:06PM

    That is not picture of Peshawar airport.


  • sohails
    Jan 27, 2012 - 9:10PM

    The leaders of both parties PPP & ANP are playing their politics on their dead leaders. A real shame & tell us the ability of the leadership of these parties. Hardly any country of the world rename the institutions in the name of political leaders like this. Let hope they will not change the name of Pakistan to their dead leaders. This is really pathetic situation & doesn’t reflect the real people of Pakistan.


  • K. Salim Jahangir
    Jan 27, 2012 - 10:22PM

    Bacha Khan,according to my information is buried in Jalalabad Afghanistan,because he refused to be buried in Pakistan.How can we accept Peshawar airport after his name?Somebody should correct me if am wrong!!


  • Jan 27, 2012 - 11:09PM

    congratulations Bacha khan the real hero , if one feel jealous let them , victory for the torch of peace the real king khan badshah khan who took part in making an independence against Britishers on non violence philosophy. we are proud of him. Few are the people who leave their marvelous imprints on the course of History.


  • Qahraman kakar
    Jan 27, 2012 - 11:12PM

    we love bacha Khan he was the real hero and congratulations to all khudai khidmatgarz and no violent soldiers of Islam and wellcome all the visitors on Bacha khan A torch for peace Airport


  • Sher Shah Suri
    Jan 27, 2012 - 11:33PM

    A true tribute to Fakir-e-Afghan Bacha Khan. A Pashtun hero struggled for the liberation of Indian Sub Continent. Denied to him a true Hero’s Status that was his hard faught right . Acknowledged by true historians the world over. Pride of Afghans Zindabad! Recommend

  • jamal
    Jan 27, 2012 - 11:39PM

    KPK govt has nothing to do except renaming places after their leader’s name, it doesn’t make sense to rename Peshawar airpor as Bacha khan airportt, please do something for the betterment of people not renaming places


  • Sher Shah Suri
    Jan 27, 2012 - 11:55PM

    @K. Salim Jahangir:
    The reason why he is buried in Afghanistan is Because after is struggle for independece from Britain his reward was 30 years of Jail. History rewards True Heros. The denial of Pashtun identitie and it’s rightful place on the true historical facts has been denied to them since 1947. We have a Pushto saying ‘ You can not hide the Sun with your finger’ . Also Pashtun to not distingush between which part of Pashtun Land they are buried, alas a arbatory line on a Map. Also remember the ‘A’ in Pakistan was for Afghania! I hope this gives you some clearity. Recommend

  • Sher Shah Suri
    Jan 28, 2012 - 1:07AM

    I am sure sitting in somewhere in Punjab it might immediatley not be visable to you or other provinces beside Pakhtunkhwa. The biased anti Pakhtun media and the pro Punjab Dominated Establishment anchors often give a negative coverage to the ANP. This may be the reason why you might imagen this . The fact is what the ANP has achieved for the betterment of Pashtuns in 4 years of Government than any previous Provincial government. This is a fact, it is very easy to make up lies and keep repeating them which ar unsubstantiated. The reason for this is well known.


  • ProudPakistani
    Jan 28, 2012 - 1:10AM

    Wow…So Pakistan’s institutes are now named after those who actually opposed the creation of Pakistan..pathetic
    Wake up Pakistanis!!Recommend

    Jan 28, 2012 - 1:57AM

    Bacha Khan was known as the GANDHI of Sarhad, a person who always opposed Father of the Nation Quaide Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and also opposed the creation of Pakistan itself!!! and ANP is the same separatist party! This is a case of treason, people of KPK love Pakistan and we can not tolerate this Anti Pakistanism being promoted! and yes Bacha Khan had refused to be buried in Pakistan, of course he didnt deserve this PAK soil!!!!!


  • rkMANGAL
    Jan 28, 2012 - 2:18AM

    Congratulations 2 all pakhtoon fellows on this great step,,, an overwhelming effort nd a great victory for the afghan descendents,, cant express my feelings nd emotions for wat will be da level of my excitement wen i c on the flight schedule board of any intl airport BACHA KHAN INT’L AIRPORT… let the people explore da burried facts about a legendry Pukhtoon leader whose name was expelled out of our own ethics nd history scriptures… apart from dat it is the requirment of time and the obedience of duty to cop with the current demographical aspects as to be mentioned the names of pre existing int’l airports signing above the names of the legendry people belonging to those particular geographies.. i.e. Jinnah int’l, iqbal int’l and so on… To be a statesperson rather than a politician one should not evoke such issues to prevent the fuel from the lit…


  • Badar Esapzy
    Jan 28, 2012 - 3:16AM

    Its a tribute to a great man who spent every third day of his life in jail to fight for the independence and rights of the people. He contributed a lot to the society in many ways like creating political and social awareness in masses for getting education, women rights and social reforms.We should respect it, as the international community has recognized it and nominated him for World Peace Prize in 1984. A lot of people have respect for him in their hearts and feel offended when someone abuse him.


  • abrar
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:10AM

    Naming the airport is quite common in Pakistan and many other countries.ANP being party of Bacha Khan is the ruling party in KP.It is not a big surprise if it wants to name the airport after its founder. There are many political parties and leaders who initially opposed Pakistan however accepted it later. and are part of the political main stream now .JI being one of the parties.

    Lets not make an issue out of this.ANP is a main stream political party of Pakistan

    I think Sher Shah Suris reference to A for Afghania in PAkistan is a valid point for those for and against federation of Pakistan.It symbolises the closeness of those living on either sides of the border.

    FYI I am not a Pushtun.

    Thank you

    Pakistan Zindabad.


  • Warrior Khan
    Jan 28, 2012 - 5:37AM

    People who are talking rubbish do not know much about the great leader Bacha Khan.. please read some history before commenting negative. If leaders like him existed today, the region would be in so much peace n harmony right now. No one can deny him his heroic status, although I’m sure he would have liked to be remembered as just an ordinary soldier fighting for his land and injustice.


  • amir
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:30AM

    This was a guy who apposed the creation of Pakistan. Read the history of Pakistan …wake up People!!!Recommend

  • khurrum
    Jan 28, 2012 - 7:09AM

    Very pathetic comments by Non pashtuns . i understand that Bacha khan was persecuted by Pakistani establishment,just like British establishment. it is refreshing we honoured a true soldier of Islam who was Non Violent.
    it is high time we recognise true history and not lies taught as Pakistan studies , taught in schools.
    Bacha had accepted Pakstan and participated in Pakistan after defeating a British stooge and Bureucrat Sahibzada Qayum khan, which is proof that Bacha khan was a good Muslim and Pakistani.


  • mussarat ahmedzeb(Swat)
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:36PM

    why name a Pakistani airport.why not an Afghan air port.


  • Pukhtoon
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:14PM

    It’s a great step taken by ANP and must work hard in the future for making their & Pukhtoons identity. Long live Pakhtana…


  • Jan 29, 2012 - 2:47AM

    renameing.the airport after Bacha Khan is very nice thing do i like it bach khan baba was a great man,this will make the pakhtun identity alive,we want everything to be renamed on pashtuns land in pashto or after our elders, i love it i allways use peshawar Bacha Khan airport

    i want my mony to go tow pashtuns every pashtuns should do that,we should buy or use every thing that is pakhto made, long live the great bacha khan we will never forget him,


  • Jan 29, 2012 - 2:51AM

    @K. Salim Jahangir:
    peshawar is pashtuns land so as afghanistan so what if he was buried our there, the good thing is he was not buried in panjab


  • abrar
    Jan 29, 2012 - 5:05AM


    Please read my earlier post and dont condemn all non pushtuns.I understand he is an emotive issue for many people not just Pushtuns.I think naming the airport should not be made a big issue the present ANP has sacrificed alot for solidarity of Pakistan.


  • khurram khan
    Jan 29, 2012 - 11:49AM

    i cant under stand its is story of reporter or is it press realse


  • jasmine
    Feb 19, 2012 - 12:17PM

    why bacha khan name was changed???
    it’s an airport not thier property’…….
    if anyone have this objection then recommend this!!!!!!!


  • Feb 19, 2012 - 5:38PM

    its ok to name places by quaideazam name or allama iqbal but the panjabi find a sine, to name the airport after great bacha khan,


  • shehram khan
    Mar 3, 2012 - 5:06PM

    plz dont hurt bacha khan soul cuz he hated so much Pakistan and died in Afghanistan in jalalabad.why u hurting him never want a today Pakistan


  • Khan
    Mar 3, 2012 - 6:32PM

    Bacha Khan was buried in Jalalabad because it was his ancestral graveyard .. All of his children are buried in Charsadda Pakistan.


  • Mar 3, 2012 - 7:28PM

    Lets accept facts, the speed with which demographics are changing in the country wouldn’t it be wiser to be prepared for the future. Karachi sea port functions as an offloading point for goods destined for the landlocked country of Afghanistan.

    I propose that Karachi city should be renamed Afghania. When was the last time you heard a person from Kabul using any travel documents for traveling to Karachi.


  • Mar 3, 2012 - 9:10PM

    the great Bacha Khan was buried on pashtuns land who k if it was afghanistan or pakhtunkhwa,why pashtuns are making differences among pashtuns them self ? why pashtuns are divided in the name of punjabi urdu dari farci, pashtuns should see them self pashtun as one united pashtunistan


  • Mar 4, 2012 - 12:12PM

    @Abid P. Khan:
    North-West Frontier Province ,khaber pakhtunkhwa,pathan, taliban,Afghania or khan,

    : these name has been named on our people by the arabs ,iranin or by someone in islambad panjabi


  • Atif
    Mar 27, 2012 - 12:39AM

    Baacha Khan was the real traitor like Mir Jafir and Mir Saddiq, he was one of the stupid and idiot personalities in the world, His party is the most corrupt party in the world. Shame on you Baacha Khan, a traitor of the muslim world. He was willing to not to be buried on the soil of Pakistan.


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