AKHTAR KHAN, HUMAYUN (1954- ) Humayun Akhtar Khan is the son of General Akhtar Abdur Rahman Khan, who was the head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) during the war against the Soviet Union’s occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s He was elected to the National Assembly in the elections of 1990 and 1993 as a Muslim League candidate The Muslim League did not give him a ticket for the elections of 1997, however There were reports of major differences between the Rahman and Sharif families Once these differences were resolved, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed Humayun Akhtar Khan to head the Board of Investment with the status of minister of state Humayun Khan left the Pakistan Muslim League group that remained loyal to Nawaz Sharif after the military takeover of October 1999 He joined hands with a number of other defectors to found the Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid-e-Azam) in 2000, and contested under the new party’s banner for a seat from Lahore to the National Assembly in the election of October 2002 He won by a narrow margin He was a serious candidate for the job of prime minister, but was not chosen by President Pervez Musharraf, because of intense opposition from Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, the PML(Q)’s president and a fellow politician from Punjab Instead, he was brought into the cabinet as commerce minister by Prime Minister Sardar Zafarullah Khan Jamali

Khan was back in contention for the prime minister’s job after the resignation of Jamali in the summer of 2004, but was once again opposed by Hussain He retains the portfolio of commerce in the cabinet headed by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz

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