Former Senator Malik Hakmeen Khan

Senior Leader PPP, former senator and former Provincial Minister Malik Hakmeen Khan has been laid to rest in Attock in his ancestral graveyard who had died in Services Hospital Lahore on Friday at the age of 75.His funeral prayer was attended by former Prime Ministers Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Raja Parvez Ashraf,  Former Federal Minister Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Advisor to Prime Minister Malik Amin Aslam,  former State Minister Sardar Saleem Haider,   Senator Farhat Babar and large number of other political figures and notables of the area.

A close aide of PPP founding father Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto,  Hakmeen Khan was considered a PPP Jiyala who remained loyal to his party for 45 years.  He was one of the founding members of the PPP and served as a Provincial Minister Prisons during Bhutto’s govt. He contested the Provincial assembly elections in the 70s from PP12 Attock, which is now PP15 Attock . He retained his seats in 1977 and 1988 elections also. During 1972 -77,  he held the portfolios of Housing and Physical Planning,  Auqaf,  Food,  Cooperatives and Prisons in the Provincial cabinet. He was elected as Senator in 1994 and was also a member of the Senate standing committee on cabinet, establishment, management services ,labour and manpower.

Hakmeen Khan was witness to many important political events in Pakistan as he was very active during Bhutto s rule in the center and Punjab.He faced imprisonment during Zia regime but did not change his loyalties . Later on , Hakmeen also developed a good relationship with Benazir Bhutto who considered him one of the most loyal party leader and a good friend of her father.  The PPP leadership , PTI leaders Major Tahir Sadiq,  Former Minister Sheikh Aftab , Chairman Communist Party Engineer Jameel Malik,CEO AlburaaqNews Syed Inam Ali Kazmi and others expressed grief and sorrow over the demise of Malik Hakmeen.  Federal Minister for Information Chaidhry Fawad Hussain also expressed his sorrow and said Hakmeen Khan will always be remembered as an active political leader.

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