Early Life and Background: Gohar Ayub Khan was born on August 6, 1937, in Rehana, Haripur District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He comes from a notable political family; his father was Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan, who served as the second President of Pakistan.
Political Career: Gohar Ayub Khan’s political career began in the 1960s. He joined the Pakistan Muslim League (PML), a significant political party in Pakistan, and later became a member of its central executive committee.
Diplomatic Roles: Khan served in various diplomatic roles representing Pakistan on the international stage. He was Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States from 1969 to 1972. He also served as Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York from 1982 to 1985.
Ministerial Positions: Gohar Ayub Khan held several ministerial positions during his political career. Notably, he served as Pakistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1998 to 1999.
Prime Minister’s Special Assistant: In 1997, Gohar Ayub Khan was appointed as the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan. He worked under the administration of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Role During Kargil Conflict: Gohar Ayub Khan played a role during the Kargil Conflict in 1999 between India and Pakistan. He was accused of being unaware of the military’s infiltration into the Indian-administered territory of Kargil.
Martial Law Administrator of AJK: Khan also served as the Martial Law Administrator of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) in 2000.
Author and Political Involvement: Apart from his political roles, Gohar Ayub Khan is also an author and has written on various topics, including politics and international relations.