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    Sardar Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari (b. May 29, 1940) was President of Pakistan from November 14, 1993 until December 2, 1997.
    Leghari was born in Choti zareen, a village of Dera Ghazi Khan, on May 29 of 1940. He comes from a political family that has been active in politics in this part of the world since the pre-colonial days. His father Sardar Muhammad Khan Leghari and grand father Nawab Sir Muhmammad Jamal Khan Leghari had both been ministers.

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    Introduction

    Sardar Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari (b. May 29, 1940) was President of Pakistan from November 14, 1993 until December 2, 1997.

    Leghari was born in Choti zareen, a village of Dera Ghazi Khan, on May 29 of 1940. He comes from a political family that has been active in politics in this part of the world since the pre-colonial days. His father Sardar Muhammad Khan Leghari and grand father Nawab Sir Muhmammad Jamal Khan Leghari had both been ministers.

    History and Background

    After his initial schooling at the "Eton" of Pakistan, Aitchison College, Lahore where he was the head boy and declared the Best Leaving Student of 1957. He graduated with honours from the Forman Christian College, Lahore, Punjab where again he was amongst the best students, he went on to study at Oxford University.

    After returning to Pakistan he joined the Civil Service and served for some time in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). On the death of his father he resigned from service and came back to his roots to look after the tribal affairs of his tribe. He is the head (Sardar) of the Leghari tribe.

    Early Years

    He joined the Pakistan Peoples Party, and was made leader of the party upon the imprisonment of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. He was put under house-arrest several times during during the military regime of General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq.

    In 1993, with the express support of the Pakistan Peoples' Party he ran for the office of President and won the election against Wasim Sajjad. In November 1996, he dismissed the Peoples' Party Government of Benazir Bhutto on charges of corruption, lawlessness and extra judicial killings.

    Following the word of the Constitution of Pakistan he held elections for the National Assembly in 1997. The elections were won by the Muslim League and Nawaz Sharif was elected Prime Minister. A thumping majority in the lower house of parliament led the Sharif Government to remove the controversial 8th amendement from the constitution of Pakistan. Farooq Leghari saw this as a threat to his power and conspired with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (Sajjad Ali Shah) to sack the Sharif Government. This lead to an uprising against him and the Chief Justice of Supreme Court and both, Farooq Leghari and Sajjad Ali Shah were forced to resign.

    In Power
    He was President of Pakistan from November 14, 1993 until December 2, 1997.
    Current Status

    Following the word of the Constitution of Pakistan he held elections for the National Assembly in 1997. The elections were won by the Muslim League and Nawaz Sharif was elected Prime Minister. A thumping majority in the lower house of parliament led the Sharif Government to remove the controversial 8th amendement from the constitution of Pakistan. Farooq Leghari saw this as a threat to his power and conspired with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (Sajjad Ali Shah) to sack the Sharif Government. This lead to an uprising against him and the Chief Justice of Supreme Court and both, Farooq Leghari and Sajjad Ali Shah were forced to resign.

    Instead of retiring from politics, he went on to create his own political party, the Millat Party, which entered into a coalition of 7 parties, known as National Alliance (which opposed the Musharaf Govt.), to participate in the general elections of 2002. The National Alliance, however, failed to appear as a dominant force in the elections, and won 13 seats in the National Assembly, mostly his own family members. Farooq Leghair deserted the Naional Alliance and made alliance with the same Govt. which he opposed. He entered in a coalition with the majority party to form a government, and his son Awais Ahmed Leghari was made a federal minister for Telecom and IT, as a consequence, and another of his deputies Yar Mohammad Rind also was inducted in the Federal cabinet. Later Mohammaed Ali Durrani and his niece Sumaira Malik from his party were inducted into the Federal Cabinet. His elder son Jamal Leghari has recently been elected to the Senate of Pakistan. His daughter Faryal Leghari is an assistant researcher at the Gulf Research Center in Dubai.




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