Ahmad Khan Bahadur, a member of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (erstwhile North West Frontier Province or NWFP) Assembly from PF-24 (Mardan) belonging to the Awami National Party (ANP), is the grandson of Khudai Khidmatgar Movement leader Haji Abdul Hakeem of Mardan and son of Ali Haider Khan.
The 40-year-old Ahmad, who contested election for the first time and defeated Maulana Amanat Shah of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), is considered to be one of the affluent candidates and is famous for his public welfare activities in the district.
His family’s loyalty to Bacha Khan could be gauged from the fact that the volunteers of Khudai Khidmatgar Movement would always use Abdul Hakeem’s Khaksar Manzil (house) in Mardan for holding meetings and other activities.
Due to this, Ahmad had the opportunity to acquaint himself with the seasoned nationalist leaders and politicians.
When former ANP President Begum Naseem Wali Khan decided to take part in active politics after the arrest of Khan Abdul Wali Khan, she chose the residence of Ahmad Khan Bahadur to address the first meeting of the woman activists. This was the first speech of Begum Naseem to woman activists of the party, in which Abdul Hakeem announced a Rs10,000 donation for the party’s activities. The donation was termed a huge amount at that time.
Before partition, Ahmad Bahadur also had his business in Bangladesh. His father was a good translator of Bangla fiction and was among those who had been arrested in Bengal after the East Pakistan debacle. Later, he was airlifted to Pakistan via a special helicopter provided by the Bangladesh government on the intervention of Wali Khan. He later founded the Pakhtun Students Federation.
Born in 1967, Ahmad Khan Bahadur did his BA from the Government College, Mardan, and completed his LLB from the Muslim Law College in Islamabad.
During a chat, Ahmad Khan Bahadur wishes to do something for his people. He says that 35 per cent people in his area are suffering from Hepatitis B and C due to non-availability of clean drinking water. He says the District Headquarters Hospital, Mardan, lacks facilities; schools have no desks, fans, chairs, while the congested traffic has made the lives of people miserable.
He plans to resolve the longstanding problems, including poorly planned and dilapidated roads, deteriorating sanitation system, in addition to health and education problems, so that his electorate feels a positive change.