Gohar Ayub Khan – the son of former president of Pakistan General Ayub Khan and former National Assembly speaker, passed away in a private hospital in Islamabad after a brief illness on Friday.
According to media reports, the death news of Gohar Ayub Khan was confirmed by his son and PTI Secretary General Omar Ayub Khan. In a statement on social networking website X, he said, “His Namaz-e-Janaza will be offered at 3:00 pm on Saturday, 18th November 2023 at Village Rehana, District Haripur. Qul will be offered at 11 am at Omar Ayub Khan’s residence Main G.T Road Haripur on 19th November 2023.”
It is worth noting that Gohar Ayub entered the Pakistan Army in 1959 as a commissioned officer and resigned as a captain in 1962. He ran in general elections in 1977, 1988, 1990, and 1997 on the platforms of several political parties. Throughout his political career, he held crucial posts such as NA speaker, foreign affairs minister, and water and electricity minister.
Gohar Ayub left active politics when General Musharraf declared a state of emergency on October 12, 1999. Later, his son, Omar, entered politics by running in the 2002 general elections.
The President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi offered his condolences to the bereaved family. He said, “May Allah forgive the deceased, give him a place in Jannah al-Firdus, and grant patience to his family, Ameen.”
The Caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan, Anwaarul Haq Kakar was grieved over the death of former National Assembly speaker Gohar Ayub. He prayed for the departed soul and offered his condolences to the family.