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Frontier Gandhi?s grandson at meet

Asfandyar Wali Khan, the scion of an illustrious political family of Pakistan, which played a major role in the undivided India's struggle against British rule, will on December 12 attend the Hindustan Times Leadership Initiative.

india Updated: Dec 12, 2003 14:24 IST

Asfandyar Wali Khan, the scion of an illustrious political family of Pakistan, which played a major role in the undivided India's struggle against British rule, will on December 12 attend the Hindustan Times Leadership Initiative.

Currently the president of the Awami National Party (ANP), he is the grandson of the late Frontier Gandhi. He has served as a member of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) Assembly and the two houses of Pakistan's Parliament.

Asfandyar Wali was elected to the Pakistan Parliament's Upper House, the Senate, in February 2003. Holding an MBA degree, he is, like his father Khan Abdul Wali Khan, credited with extraordinary political acumen.

In the NWFP, the ANP confronts a provincial government led by the Mutahida Majlis-e-Ammal, a right wing alliance of religio-political parties with deep anti-US, pro-jehadi leanings. But the ANP has persisted with its national aspirations and universal principles. Its leaders see it as a "bulwark against extremism and fundamentalism." Towards that end, the ANP had opposed Taliban rule in Afghanistan.

In the post-9/11 phase, the ANP spoke up for liberal, democratic and secular values, holding public meetings against the Taliban. Having endorsed the 'liberation' of Afghanistan, Asfandyar Wali recently led an ANP delegation to that country and was received at the highest political level, including Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai.

First Published: Dec 11, 2003 20:23 IST