Latif Khosa

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Latif Khosa
سردار محمد لطیف کھوسہ
29th Governor of Punjab
In office
13 January 2011 – 22 December 2012
PresidentAsif Ali Zardari
Prime MinisterYousaf Raza Gillani
Preceded bySalmaan Taseer
Succeeded byMakhdoom Ahmed Mehmood
Attorney General of Pakistan
In office
19 August 2008 – 10 October 2009
PresidentAsif Ali Zardari
Prime MinisterYousaf Raza Gillani
Preceded byMalik Mohammad Qayyum
Succeeded byAnwar Mansoor Khan
Chairman Executive of Pakistan Bar Council
In office
3 June 1995 – 5 July 1998
Preceded byAbdus Samad Dogar
Succeeded byMushtaq A. Memon
Personal details
Muhammad Latif Khosa

Dera Ghazi Khan, Punjab, Pakistan
Political partyPakistan People's Party
Spouse(s)Jamila Khosa
Noshaba Khosa
ResidenceKarachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Alma materGovernment College Lahore

Muhammad Latif Khosa (Punjabi and Urdu: محمد لطیف کھوسہ‎) was the Governor of Punjab, and a politician representing Pakistan People's Party. A former senator and a former Attorney General of Pakistan, Latif Khosa was appointed as the Governor of Punjab by the President of Pakistan after the murder of late-Governor Salman Taseer on 11 January 2011.[1] He was appointed the attorney general on 19 August 2008.[2] Also served as chairman of the executive committee (CEC) of Pakistan Bar Council.[3] He co-authored an electoral fraud report with former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto shortly before her assassination in December 2007. Khosa was one of Bhutto's top aides.[4]

He belongs to Arain Khosa tribe which is a Baloch tribe.[5]

Law career[edit]

Senator Khosa appeared before the acting Chief Justice Javaid Iqbal in a hearing over the handling of the Iftikhar Chaudry sacking issue.

Khosa has been the key instrument in running of the Government in Punjab in spite of issues between the two mainstream political parties PPP (Pakistan People's Party) and PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz)

Attorney General[edit]

Soon after the PPP came to power after the 2008 elections Khosa was appointed attorney-general for Pakistan. He has also served as advisor of information technology of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.


On 20 July 2010, advisor to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Information Technology Sardar Latif Khosa sent his resignation to the President after developing disagreements with the premier.


Khosa has been very active in bar politics and his group has won important Supreme Court Bar Association and Pakistan Bar Council elections over the last 30 years. He has been elected as the president of High Court Bar thrice and as member Pakistan Bar Council three times (15 years). He is also a candidate for Supreme Court Bar Association elections scheduled to be held in October 2021 for a one-year term against another emiment lawyer leader, head of the Independent Lawyers Group (Bhoon Group), Muhammad Ahsan Bhoon, who has remained Khosa's pupil. Khosa has also remained the member of the same group till the Lahore High court Bar Association election of his son, Khurram Latif Khosa, when differences emerged between him the Mr Bhoon. Khosa now heads The Reformer Group of Lawyers which he co-founded along with several other members of the bar and is now a close ally of his long term rival, Hamid Khan, who heads the second biggest group of the bar, The Professional Group. According to the pundits of the bar, this election between Latif Khosa and Muhammad Ahsan Bhoon is said to be one of the most hotly contested elections of the Supreme Court Bar Association.

He has held the portfolios of a minister, advisor and Attorney General in the Government of Pakistan and Governor of Punjab in that province.

Khosa was also instrumental in the lawyers' movement for the restoration of dozens of senior judges sacked by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in 2007. The choice of his appointment came after the PPP acquiesced to the PML-N's 10-point agenda to improve performance of the federal government.[6]

Khosa was elected as the general secretary of Pakistan Peoples Party on 23 March 2013. He is also the chairman of the election monitoring cell of Pakistan Peoples Party.

Khosa has been invited to lecture on the subject of Politics, Diplomacy, Foreign Relations and International Law at universities across the globe.

Khosa's cousins include former governor Punjab Sirdar Zulfiqar Khosa; former Chief Minister Punjab Sirdar Dost Muhammad Khosa; former Inspector General Police Tariq Khosa; former federal secretary Nasir Khosa and Supreme Court Chief Justice Asif Khosa.[7]


  1. ^ Latif Khosa appointed as Governor Punjab Archived 12 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Sardar Latif Khosa to be new Attorney General " Archived 28 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine Associated Press of Pakistan, 19 August 2008
  3. ^ Chairman Executive PBC/
  4. ^ Pakistan government delays elections CNN, 15 February 2008
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  7. ^ "Khosa for all top slots".
Political offices
Preceded by
Salman Taseer
Governor of Punjab
13 Jan 2011 – 22 Dec 2012
Succeeded by
Syed Ahmed Mahmud