KARACHI: Ashraf Ali Khan, son of the first prime minister of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan, passed away after a prolonged illness on Monday.
Seventy seven-year-old Khan, the elder son through the first premier’s second wife, Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan, suffered from cancer. Due to his worsening health condition, he had been admitted to a private hospital for the last five days where he died on Monday morning.
Of all three sons of the first premier, Wilayat Ali Khan was the eldest and lone offspring from his first wife, Jameela Begum, who died in 1982. His only surviving son is Akbar Ali Khan.
Born in 1937, Khan was merely a 14-year-old schoolboy when his father was assassinated on October 16, 1951 during a public meeting at the Company Bagh in Rawalpindi.
Later, he remained active in politics under the banner of Air Chief Marshal (retd) Asghar Khan’s Tehreek-e-Istiqlal during the 1970s, but he quit politics after that brief stint and remained politically unaffiliated for the rest of his life, his nephew Musharraf Ali Khan said while talking to The Express Tribune.
The funeral prayers for Khan, who is survived by a widow, his daughter and two sons, were offered at Masjid-e-Shafqat in Gizri, after which he was laid to rest in the Gizri graveyard.
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