Mehtab Ahmed Khan Abbasi

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Mehtab Ahmad Khan
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Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Assumed office
15 April 2014[1]
President Mamnoon Hussain
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Preceded by Shaukatullah Khan
Federal Minister for Railways, Pakistan
In office
President General,Retired,Parvez Musharraf
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani
Constituency N.A-17 Abbottabad-1
Majority Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Member of Senate of Pakistan
In office
President General,Retired,Parvez Musharraf
Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali,Shaukat Aziz
Majority Pakistan Muslim League(Q)
Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
In office
February 21, 1997 – October 12, 1999
President Justice,Retired,Muhammad Rafiq Tarar
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Governor Miangul Aurangzeb
Preceded by Raja Sikander Zaman
Succeeded by Akram Khan Durrani
Majority Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz
Personal details
Born (1952-12-15) December 15, 1952 (age 61)
Malkot,Abbottabad District
Nationality Pakistani
Political party Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz(PML-N)
Children Shamoon Yar Khan (Son) Ex-Member KPK Assembly
Residence Governor's House (Peshawar)
Alma mater Government High School
Osea, Union Council Dewal, Murree Sir Sayyad School,Rawalpindi
Occupation Politician
Profession Lawyer
Religion Sunni Islam
Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan belonged to Budreal, sub tribe of Dhund Abbasi of Circle Bakote (a proposed sub devision of District Abbottabad). Sardar Mehtab's term was cut short by the military coup of 12 October 1999 and he was arrested from his house in Abbottabad.[2] He was involved in the wheat scandal case in Attock Fort.He remained in Attock Fort jail for three years. The first ever case against the military regime of General Pervez Musharraf was filed by his lawyer Mr. Mian Muhibullah Kakakhel Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of Pakistan in the case of Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan Versus National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and other high Military hierarchy. The petition was numbered as writ petition No. 1 of 2000.

Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan (:سردار مهتاب احمد خان عباسي) is a Pakistani politician from Abbottabad District and the current Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.He was the former Chief Minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa from 1997 to 1999 and Federal Minister for Railways in the 2008 PM Yousaf Raza Gillani cabinet.[3] He is politically affiliated with PML-N, where he is the Senior Vice President. He has served as a senator from March 2003, but resigned on March 17, 2008, when he won the NA-17 Abbottabad-I National Assembly seat in the 2008 general election, held on February 18, 2008.

Education and early life[edit]

Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan Abbasi was born on 15 December 1952 in Malkot, Abbottabad District to a Hindko speaking Dhund Abbasi family of Hazara.He passed matriculation from Govt High School, Murree[citation needed], and graduated from the Sir Syed School in Rawalpindi[citation needed]. He then went on to do his LLB and practiced in the courts of Rawalpindi[citation needed]. Finding the legal profession not to his liking, he joined his father Sardar Muhammad Nawaz Khan's clothing business in Rawalpindi Saddar. His uncle Sardar Sarfaraz Khan had contested in local elections but never won from his single opponent Haji Majeed Abbasi(Late) and so promoted his nephew Sardar Mehtab in Circle Bakote, who was elected for the first time in 1985 as an independent candidate. He became popular among the people of Circle Bakote and has been successful in every election until now.

Chief minister[edit]

Mehtab Ahmed Khan became the 22nd chief minister of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on the 21 February 1997, taking over from Raja Sikander Zaman, and served until 12 October 1999.[4] During his tenure he invested heavily in area of Circle Bakote, a relatively poor and underdeveloped area. During this time, he electrified all of the area, provided facilities such as telephone lines, water supply schemes, link roads, like the KohalaMoolia road, Sowargali – Boi road, Birote – Berote Khurd, and the Osia – Malkot road. He constructed the Murree – Abbottabad road as a motorway and upgraded high schools in Ayubia, Birote and Bakot without buildings. Mr Abbasi approved the Chief Minister Development Plan prepared by Prof Dr Muhammad Subhan Qureshi which later on was updated to Dairy Science Park through two international workshops. The Park has given birth to Peshawar Meat Company to be implemented jointly by the University of Agriculture Peshawar, Department of Local Government and Rural Development, KPCCI, SMEDA and KPBOIT. Details are available at[5]

As Senator[edit]

He then became a senator in March 2003. He opposed the award of ticket to Sardas Idrees Khan of Karlal tribe of Galyat as a candidate of PML (N) to the Ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Nawaz Sharif in 2002 general elections, but he won the election as MPA of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, and was appointed as Provincial Minister of the Local Bodies Ministry.

Post-CM political career[edit]

Mehtab Ahmed Khan did not contest the general elections in 2002 for National Assembly, and therefore had to settle as a Senator in the March 2003 – March 2009 tenure. In the 2008 general elections, Mehtab Ahmed Khan won NA-17 Abbottabad seat [1], and hence vacated the Senate seat. He also won the PF-45 provincial assembly seat, which he will have to vacate as parliamentarian can only keep one seat. His son Shamoon yar Khan won this seat. [2]

Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa[edit]

The president of pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain, on the advice of the Prime Minister, Nawaz sharif apppionted him as governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, province of Pakistan.He took oath of the office of the Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on 15 April 2014 in Peshawar[1]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Raja Sikander Zaman
Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Succeeded by
Akram Khan Durrani
Preceded by
Shaukatullah Khan
Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
15 April 2014–Present