Gohar Ayub Khan

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Gohar Ayub Khan (born January 1937) is a Pakistani politician and a son of the late Pakistani dictator, President General Ayub Khan. A Tareen/Tarin Afghan/Pathan, he was born in village Rehana, Haripur, Hazara region. Khan studied at Army Burn Hall College, Abbottabad, and Saint Mary's Academy, Rawalpindi, Rawalpindi. Later, he graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, U.K.. Thereafter, he joined the Pakistan Army, from which he resigned as a captain in 1962. He began to serve as his father's ADC during that period travelling with him on several foreign trips. Upon his resignation he began a lucrative business career and also entered politics.

Political Role in 1965 Presidential Election

His role in Karachi after his father's election in the allegedly rigged 1965 Presidential elections against Fatima Jinnah is a subject of criticism by many writers. Gohar Ayub it is said to have led a victory parade right into the heartland of opposition territory in Karachi, in a blatantly provocative move and the civil administrations failure to stop the rally led to a fierce clashes between opposing groups with many locals being killed. Gohar Ayub also faced criticisms during that time on questions of family corruption and cronyism through his business links with his father-in-law retired Lt. General Habibullah Khan Khattak. One Western commentator in...
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