Caretaker Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azam Khan, passed away on Saturday morning. The news was confirmed by the spokesperson of the Rehman Medical Institute in Peshawar, where Khan had been admitted when his health took a critical turn on Friday night.
Reports indicate that Azam Khan was grappling with a severe stomach infection, and matters were exacerbated when he suffered a heart attack on Friday night. Despite the efforts of the medical staff, Khan succumbed to his ailments at 10:25 am on Saturday.
Shabbir Shah, the hospital spokesperson, revealed that Azam Khan was battling various health issues and was in a critical condition when admitted. The Chief Minister had been admitted to the private hospital in Peshawar on Friday night, as his health rapidly deteriorated.
Sources close to the family and officials confirmed the unfortunate demise of Azam Khan, who, due to his illness, had restricted his movements in the past few days. The funeral prayers for the late Chief Minister are scheduled to take place at 3 pm in Charsadda.
The passing of Azam Khan marks a significant loss for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and the entire region mourns the departure of a dedicated public servant. Messages of condolences have started pouring on social media.
During his tenure as a Caretaker CM, he was actively working for initiatives to ease the financial troubles of the province.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s caretaker Chief Minister, Azam Khan, had written to the caretaker Prime Minister, Anwar ul Haq Kakar, asking for the province’s rightful financial share from the federal government as outlined in the Constitution. The province is facing financial challenges, and Azam Khan highlighted key constitutional issues in his letter.
He pointed out that the recent bomb blast in Bajaur on July 30, 2023, resulting in the loss of 63 lives, is a consequence of decades of militancy, rooted in the unique situation of the region. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has fallen behind the rest of Pakistan due to factors like its location, disruptions to the economic cycle, and the necessity to follow the constitutional framework regulating the relationship between the Federation and the Provinces.