Mehtab Abbasi (politician)

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Mehtab Abbasi
Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan.jpg
27th Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
In office
15 April 2014[1] – 8 February 2016
PresidentMamnoon Hussain
Prime MinisterNawaz Sharif
Preceded byShaukatullah Khan
Succeeded byIqbal Zafar Jhagra
Minister of Railways
In office
Prime MinisterYousuf Raza Gilani
ConstituencyN.A-17 Abbottabad-1
Member of the Senate of Pakistan
In office
Prime MinisterMir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, Shaukat Aziz
MajorityPakistan Muslim League(Q)
Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
In office
21 February 1997 – 12 October 1999
PresidentMuhammad Rafiq Tarar
Prime MinisterNawaz Sharif
GovernorMiangul Aurangzeb
Preceded byRaja Sikander Zaman
Succeeded byAkram Khan Durrani
MajorityPakistan Muslim League Nawaz
Personal details
Born (1952-12-15) 15 December 1952 (age 66)
Malkot, NWFP, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistan
Political partyPakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N)
ChildrenShamoon Yar Khan (Son) Ex-Member KPK Assembly
Alma materGovernment High School, Murree
Sir Sayyad College, Rawalpindi
Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan is thought to be part of Budreal sub tribe of the Dhund Abbasis. 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] The first ever case against 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.

Mehtab Abbasi (Urdu/Pashto/Hindko: سردار مهتاب احمد خان عباسي) is a Pakistani politician from Abbottabad who started his political career as an independent candidate in the 1985 election. During the election, he won seats of both the provincial and national assembly in his constituency. He also won all subsequent elections until the 2013 election.

Sardar Mehtab served as Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan from 2014 to 2016, Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from 1997 to 1999, and Federal Minister for Railways in 2008.[3] He is politically affiliated with Pakistan Muslim League (N). He has served as a senator for five years since March 2003, until he won the NA-17 Abbottabad-I seat for the National Assembly of Pakistan in the 2008 general election.

Provincial Minister for Law[edit]

Sardar Mehtab was elected to the provincial seat after winning in the 1986 general elections. He served as Provincial Minister for Law and Political Affairs from 1986 until 1988, when another general election was called.[4]

Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas (1990–1993)[edit]

In 1990, Sardar Mehtab was elected to the National Assembly, abandoning his provincial seat. He was subsequently appointed Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas. He held the post until 1993, when the General Assembly was dissolved and new elections were called.[5]

As Chief Minister (1997–1999)[edit]

Abbasi became the 16th Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on 21 February 1997, taking over from Raja Sikander Zaman, and served until 12 October 1999.[6]

During his tenure as Chief Minister, Abbasi approved the Chief Minister Development Plan prepared by Prof Subhan Qureshi, which was later updated to Dairy Science Park through two international workshops held at the University of Agriculture, Peshawar in 2011 and 2013 respectively.[7][8][9] The Park has given birth to Peshawar Meat Company,[10][11] which is to be implemented jointly by the University of Agriculture, Peshawar, the Department of Local Government and Rural Development, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority, and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Board of Investment and Trade.[12][13]

Post-CM political career[edit]

Abbasi could not contest the general elections in 2002 for National Assembly and therefore had to settle as a Senator in the March 2003 – March 2008 tenure.

As Senator (2003–2008)[edit]

Abbasi was amongst the few politicians who remained in Pakistan. He was an integral part of the party during the exile of Nawaz Sharif and was elected as a Senate of Pakistan in 2003 holding this office until the 2008 general elections.

Member of National Assembly (2008–2013)[edit]

In the 2008 general elections, Mehtab Ahmed Khan won NA-17 Abbottabad seat.[14] He also won the PF-45 provincial assembly seat and hence had to vacate both the Senate seat and the provincial assembly seat after the victory as a parliamentarian in Pakistan can only keep one seat. His son Shamoon Yar Khan won this seat. He was elected as the Federal Minister for Railways on the 31st March 2008 in the initial coalition between the PPP and PML(N) after the elections. However he along with the other PML(N) ministers resigned less than two months later after differences regarding the restoration of the judges who were removed in the Pakistani state of emergency.[15] In the 2013 general elections, Mehtab Ahmad Khan lost to his political rival for the seat of the national assembly.

Post 2013 Elections[edit]

Abbasi was elected as the Opposition Leader in the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on the 3rd of June 2013 and he retained the position until the 9th of April 2014 when he resigned to take oath as the Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa[edit]

The President of Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain, on the advice of the Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif appointed him as governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He took the oath of the office of the Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on 15 April 2014 in Peshawar.[1] On 8 February 2016, he resigned as Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.[16]

Head Of Aviation Affairs[edit]

After resigning as the governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and a year-long hiatus, Sardar Mehtab Abbasi took up the role of aviation advisor to the PM on 14 February 2017. He took up this portfolio so as to make improvements in the loss-making airline and bring a turn around in its operations. In this short time, he has made big changes in the PIA whereby the CEO and CCO were replaced. Furthermore, improvements have been made in aircraft surveillance to curb drug trafficking which was rampant in the past. The New Islamabad Airport was also completed under his supervision.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Fida, Nauman. "Sardar Mehtab Abbasi takes oath as new KPK governor". Thenewstribe. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  2. ^ 'Sardar Mehtab, a born-again politician: Dateline Peshawar' Dawn Newspaper, April 10, 2003
  3. ^ Sajjad Malik, "24-member federal cabinet takes oath" Daily Times, April 01, 2008
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ 'Five in the run for presidency' The News
  7. ^ "Dean Faculty of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Sciences: Prof. Dr. Muhammad Subhan Qureshi". The University of Agriculture, Peshawar. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  8. ^ "International Workshop on Dairy Science Park". The University of Agriculture, Peshawar. 21 November 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Second International Workshop on Dairy Science Park". The University of Agriculture, Peshawar. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Minister for Local Government KP briefed on Peshawar Meat Company". The University of Agriculture, Peshawar. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Minister briefed on establishment of Peshawar Meat Company". Business Recorder. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Dairy Science Park". The University of Agriculture, Peshawar. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Dairy Science Park–Display Center". Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  14. ^ "Detail Result of Constituency "NA-17"". Archived from the original on 2011-07-21.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  15. ^ "PML-N ministers resign, PM holds decision till Zardari's return". 2008-05-13. Archived from the original on 2015-09-23.
  16. ^ Web, Desk. "KP Governor Sardar Mehtab Abbasi resigns". Retrieved 8 February 2016.

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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 2014–8 February 2016
Succeeded by
Iqbal Zafar Jhagra