Ahmad Shah Khan, Crown Prince of Afghanistan
|Ahmad Shah Khan|
|Crown Prince of Afghanistan|
|Head of House of Barakzai|
|Tenure||23 July 2007 – present|
|Predecessor||Mohammed Zahir Shah|
|Successor||Muhammad Zahir Khan|
23 September 1934|
|Spouse||Khatul Begum (m. 1961)|
Prince Muhammad Zahir Khan|
Prince Muhammad Emel Khan
Princess Hawa Khanum
|Father||Mohammed Zahir Shah|
|History of Afghanistan|
Ahmad Shah, Crown Prince of Afghanistan (Pashto: أحمد شاه خان, Urdu: أحمد شاه خان; born 23 September 1934 in Arg-i-Shahi, Kabul) is the second son of Mohammed Zahir Shah, the former King of Afghanistan.
At the time of his birth he was second in the line of succession to the throne after his older brother Muhammed Akbar Khan, Crown Prince of Afghanistan. However following the death of his brother on 26 November 1942, he became first in the line of succession and the heir apparent and Crown Prince.
His father's reign ended on 17 July 1973, when he was ousted by a coup with Afghanistan being declared a republic. The Crown Prince was one of fourteen members of the royal family arrested following the coup. He was allowed to leave the country for Rome on 26 July. Following the overthrow of the monarchy, the Crown Prince settled in Virginia, in the United States and took to writing poetry.
Since the death of his father on 23 July 2007, he is the oldest surviving male heir of the last king of Afghanistan.
Unlike his father, he does not possess the official title "Baba-i-Millet-i-Afghanistan" (Father of the Nation of Afghanistan).
Marriage and children
He was married at Kabul in 1961 to Princess Khatul Begum the daughter of Sardar Muhammad Umar Khan Zikeria, by his wife, Princess Sultana Begum. He has two sons and one daughter:
- Prince Muhammad Zahir Khan (born 1962). If he becomes king he will be known as King Mohammad VIII.
- Prince Muhammad Emel Khan (born 1969).
- Princess Hawa Khanum (born 1963).
|Ancestors of Ahmad Shah Khan, Crown Prince of Afghanistan|
- Middle East Economic Digest, page 3
- The head that wore the Crown
Ahmad Shah Khan, Crown Prince of AfghanistanBorn: 23 September 1934
|Titles in pretence|
King Mohammed Zahir Shah
|— TITULAR —
King of Afghanistan
23 July 2007 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Monarchy overthrown in 1973
Prince Muhammad Zahir Khan