04:06 pm - Monday 17 June 2013

Sardar Muhammad Yousaf (Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony)

Sardar Muhammad Yousuf 

Sardar Muhammad Yousuf is a former Nazim of Mansehra District in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.[1] He is a member, and a provincial secretary-general, of the Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid-e-azam).[2]

Yousuf recently came to prominence for opposing the renaming of the NWFP to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.[3] He criticised the President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, for referring to the province as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa – saying this was unconstitutional and done to please coalition partners. He along with other nazims of the Districts of Hazara Division opposed the name change. If the province was renamed in line with the proposal from the Awami National Party then, according to Sardar Yousuf, a creation of a Hazara Province would be justified.

His political career started with membership of the district council, winning a provincial assembly seat. He won the Pakistan National Assembly seat for Mansehra for three consecutive terms. After being elected as District Nazim he worked hard for the rehabilitation of the survivors of the 2005 devastating earthquake. His major contribution is resolving the issue of NOC[clarification needed] for the poor tenants. Now he has joined hands with the Hazara Action Committee for the rights of Hazara people and he is the convener of the Hazara Action Committee. His son, Sardar Shahjahan Yousuf (current MNA), was the first member who opposed the name Khyber-Pukhtunkhawa in the national assembly. He protested and Asif Zardari, president, to not use the name Khyber-Pukhtinkhawa during his speech to the joint session.


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