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Syed Akhunzada Chattan

Having affiliated with the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) since student life, Syed Akhunzada alias Chattan is proud of contesting the February 18, 2008 election in NA-44 (Bajaur Agency) constituency on the PPP ticket.

His main opponents were former Member National Assembly Shahabuddin Khan, Maulvi Fazil of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl and Guldad Khan of the Awami National Party.

Born on January 20, 1968 in Amankot, Bajaur Agency, Akhunzada after graduation from the Bajaur Degree College, Khar, got admission in the Fine Arts Department of the University of Peshawar in 1990 and at the same time remained active leader of the People’s Students Federation (PSF). He was the president of PSF Malakand division in 1985 and was elevated to the position of PSF provincial chairman in 1993.

His father was one of the senior leaders of the PPP but he is now spending most of his time in ‘tableegh’ (preaching). Chattan, an amateur painter and artist, has also spent 40 days in preaching.

MNA-elect from the troubled Bajaur Agency, has offered help to broker a truce with the Taliban through an independent jirga if the government pledges to accept its recommendations.

Akhunzada wants the Political Parties Act extended to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and recommendations of the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) Reforms Committee implemented forthwith. He says the British-era laws and administrative system in the tribal areas were one of the reasons for unrest in the tribal region. Until and unless the tribesmen are given their constitutional and legal rights, a sense of deprivation would prevail among them, he believes.

A true worker of the PPP, he says, he would support the party even if it preferred to sit in the opposition.