Fri. Jan 22nd, 2021

Who is Khalid Khurshid?

Khalid Khursheed, standing fifth from the left, during an election campaign (wearing dark-blue Shalwar Kameez)

GILGIT: Prime Minister Imran Khan has finalized a candidate for the slot of Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, according to a tweet shared by Senator Saifullah Khan Niazi.

How much do you know about the future Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan?
Here’s a short profile of the the Chief Minister-designate, Barrister Muhammad Khalid Khurshid Khan, compiled by Chilas based journalist Shahabuddin Ghauri.
• Born on November 17, 1980 in Rattu area of Shounter Tehsil in Astore District.
• Matriculated from Public School and College, Gilgit.
• Graduated from Faisalabad.
• Received degree in law from the Queen Mary University of London, England
• Lost his first election for Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly as an independent candidate in 2009.
• Lost his second election in 2015.
• Joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on July 28, 2018.
• Appointed President of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Astore-Diamer Division.
• Won the 2020 election on PTI ticket from GBA 13, Astore 1, by a margin of 1,719 votes.
• Khalid Khurshid belongs to a well-known political family of Astore district.
• His father Muhammad Khurshid Khan had won an election held in 1971.
• Haji Inayat, uncle of CM-designate Khalid Khurshid, served as the chairman of Astore-Diamer district council for three consecutive terms from 1981 to 1994.
• Khalid Khurshid’s father Muhammad Khurshid Khan retired as Chief Judge of Gilgit-Baltistan in 2005.
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