KARACHI: General Secretary of Awami National Party in Sindh, Amin Khattak
died of a heart attack on Sunday. He was 57 years old. Khattak had been
initially admitted for complications induced by diabetes.
The ANP leader was born in Jalozai, Nowshera and came to Karachi where he worked
as a transporter, after he completed his matriculation exams.
“He was born to become a great leader and he did,” said friend and student Ziaur
Rehman. Khattak was politically influenced by Dr Izaz Nazir, Saleem Raz, Baabu
Fazal Khaliq and Fasihuddin Salar among others.
He was a member of the ANP’s executive committee and when Khan Abdul Wali Khan
was in Hyderabad Jail, Khattak started the Wali Khan Rehayi Committee for his
release. He also created the National Democratic Party (NDP) and was its first
In 1982, he became the president of the Movement for the Restoration of
Democracy (MRD) in Karachi. On August 14, 1983, he was arrested for a year by
the military court in Hyderabad and he became the NDP’s provincial information
secretary after his release. When the NDP merged with the Mazdoor Kissan Party,
the Sindh Awami Tahreek and the Pakistan National Party to create the ANP in
1986, he became its first president and served a two-year term.
Khattak did not marry because he had devoted his life to politics. He has left
behind a brother and sister. His funeral prayers were offered in Patel Para and
his body will be buried in his hometown.