Masood Sharif Khan Khattak

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Masood Sharif Khan
مسعود شریف خان خٹک
Masood Sharif Khan Khattak at World Economic Forum 2009.jpg
Masood Sharif Khan Khattak @ WEF
Director General of the Intelligence Bureau
In office
President Farooq Leghari
Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
Directorate-General of the Federal Investigation Agency
In office
President Ghulam Ishaq Khan
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Personal details
Born Masood Sharif Khan Khattak
(1950-06-05) 5 June 1950 (age 68)
District Karak, Karak, North-West Frontier Province, West Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Political party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz
Residence Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICL)
Alma mater Command and Staff College
Pakistan Military Academy
Cadet College Petaro
Occupation Politician and intelligence officer
Military service
Nickname(s) Major Khan
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch  Pakistan Army
Years of service 1968–1986
Rank Major
Unit Armoured Corps
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistani War of 1971

Major Masood Sharif Khan Khattak {Urdu: مسعود شریف خان خٹک‬); born 5 June 1950 in the city of Karak- Karak, West Pakistan is a civilian intelligence officer and the first and former Director General of the Intelligence Bureau (I.B). He has served as the Vice-President of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians(PPPP) under the leadership of the former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto.[1] He also led a famous intelligence operation named Midnight Jackals,[2] which thwarted a military coupe attempt of the elected PPP government in 1990. He was imprisoned in 1996 by the government of Farooq Leghari where he was charged with launching widespread wiretapping against government officials.

In 2002 he was appointed as the Senior Vice-President of Pakistan People's Party Parliamentarian. He was defeated in the 2002 general elections by a candidate of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal in his home constituency NA-15(KARAK KPK). He resigned from the PPP in 2007 in protest against political arrangements (In famous NRO deal) of Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians with Gen. Musharaf. He Joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on 11 November with the meeting with chairman Imran Khan.

Early life[edit]

Masood Sharif Khan Khattak was born on 5 June 1950 to Captain Muhammad Sharif Khan of the Pakistan Navy and Begum Jan both belonging to the same village in Karak District village billand kala . Masood grew up in a typical armed forces household with strict discipline, complete with a dinner bell at the dining table. Masood is the eldest of three siblings, one sister and two brothers. Traveling and reading for education were the order of the day at the Sharif household. Formal dining engagements involving the royalty and influential people of Pakistan, Britain and India were a regular feature at the Sharif residence in Karachi and Delhi.


Masood Sharif Khan Khattak was educated in Delhi Public School. Later on after getting a Gold Medal from Sindh province, he completed his college at the prestigious Cadet College Petaro, where he was friends with the former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari.[3] He was also the youngest graduate of the Pakistan Military Academy. He completed his degree in War Studies at Command and Staff College, Quetta in 1978.

Military and civil service[edit]

He retired from the army in 1986.[4] He was also appointed as the Director-General, Intelligence Bureau from 1993 to 1996. This is where he played a pivotal role in securing Pakistan's borders in Baluchistan and in securing peace in Karachi. He increased the size of the organisation to three times its original size and revamped its organizational structure and introduced STS Anti-Terrorism training for all officers of the organisation.

Masood Sharif Khan Khattak created and headed a co-operation committee, chaired by the Prime Minister and the Interior Minister. This committee consisted of the Director Generals of the Military Intelligence (MI), the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Naval Intelligence (NI), Air Force Intelligence (AFI), the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

He was arrested by the Farooq Leghari government in 1996 and imprisoned on charges of corruption as well as allegations which included widespread wiretapping of opposition politicians, judges and senators.[5]

Released in 1999, he was investigated by the NAB on corruption charges but no cases of corruption filed against him in any court.

World Economic Forum on East Asia[edit]

Masood Sharif spoke recently at the 2009 World Economic Form on East Asia, held in Seoul, Korea.[6] He spoke on the topic of Asian Flashpoints: Challenges to Security. Among other points, he said "that the divergent interests of leaders of countries and the populace is one reason three of the countries that have nuclear weapons – India, Pakistan and North Korea – also have millions of hungry mouths to feed."

Publications and TV appearances[edit]

Masood Sharif writes regularly in The News International newspaper of Pakistan.[7] Masood Sharif Khan is also a regular on TV and radio shows across the world including the BBC, GEO TV, Voice of America and more.[8]


Government offices
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Director General of the Federal Investigation Agency (DG FIA)
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Preceded by
Noor Leghari
Director General of the Intelligence Bureau (DG IB)
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Party political offices
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Vice-President of the Pakistan Peoples Party
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Vice-President of the Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians
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