Former federal information minister Khalid Ahmed Khan Kharal, who was a close confidant of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) founder Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, passed away in Lahore on Sunday.
The PPP leader was suffering from a protracted respiratory disease and was undergoing treatment at a hospital. He will be laid to rest in his hometown, Kamalia.
Kharal remained an influential PPP member from 1977 to 2012 and served as a federal minister twice in the government of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 1988-1990 and 1993-1996.
However, due to his differences with senior party leadership he left the party to join Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) but rejoined the PPP along with another leader Faisal Saleh Hayat after meeting with PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in Bilawal House, Karachi earlier this year.
Born in 1939 in Kamalia, Kharrl joined the Central Superior Services of Pakistan as an assistant commissioner in 1963. He held several important positions in Bhutto’s era.