Nawabzada Ashraf Ali Khan, son of Quaid-e-Millat and first prime minister of Pakistan, Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan, passed away after a prolonged illness Monday morning. He was 77.
Nawabzada Ashraf, 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 over the last five days.
Liaquat Ali Khan’s only son through his first wife Jameela Begum, Wilayat Ali Khan died in 1982, thereby leaving Nawabzada Ashraf as his only surviving son.
Born in 1937, Nawabzada Ashraf was only 14 years old 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 to remain politically unaffiliated for the rest of his life, according to his nephew Musharraf Ali Khan. He is survived by his wife, a daughter and two sons.
The funeral prayers were offered at Masjid-e-Shafqat in Karachi’s Gizri area, following which he was laid to rest in the Gizri graveyard.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 29th, 2014.