Shahryar Khan

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Nawabzada Shahryar M. Khan
Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board
Assumed office
August 18th, 2014
Preceded by Najam Sethi
Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board
In office
December 2003 – October 2006
Preceded by Lieutenant general Tauqir Zia
Succeeded by Nasim Ashraf
20th Foreign Secretary of Pakistan
In office
Preceded by Tanvir Ahmad Khan
Succeeded by Najmuddin Shaikh
Personal details
Born (1934-03-29) 29 March 1934 (age 81)
Bhopal, British India
Nationality Pakistani
Residence Lahore, Pakistan
Alma mater Daly College, Indore;
Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College, Dehradun;
University of Cambridge
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Occupation Diplomat
Religion Islam

Nawabzada Shahryar Mohammad Khan (Urdu: شہریار محمد خان‎; born 29 March 1934) is a former career Pakistan diplomat who rose to the position of Foreign Secretary of Pakistan in 1990, and remained so till his retirement from service in 1994; he was later appointed as UN SRSG to Rwanda (1994–1996).


Nawabzada Shaharyar Muhammed Khan is descended from the Orakzai tribe of Tirah, Pakistan. He was born in the Qasr-e-Sultani, Bhopal State (a former princely state honoured with 19 gun-salute), British India in the pre-partition era. He is the only son and male heir of both Nawab Muhammad Sarwar Ali Khan, the ruler of former princely state of Kurwai and princess Abida Sultan (Suraya Jah, and Nawab Gauhar-i-Taj) Begum Sahiba, herself the Crown Princess and the eldest daughter of last ruling Nawab of Bhopal, Haji-Hafiz Sir Muhammad Nawab Hamidullah Khan, who reigned state of Bhopal after a prolonged era of Begums regime (the queens). He is the first cousin of the Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, who died on 22 September 2011.[1][need quotation to verify][dead link]


He worked for a year with Burmah Shell Oil, and in 1957, joined the Pakistani foreign service. In 1960, he was posted as a Third Secretary in the Pakistani High Commission in London, and was promoted to Second Secretary in the Tunis embassy from 1962 to 1966. In 1976, Shahryar Khan became Pakistan’s ambassador to Jordan (1976–1982) and the United Kingdom (1987–1990)[2][3] He also stayed as Pakistan Ambassador to France (1999–2001) and Chairman, Committee on Foreign Service Reforms, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1997–1999).[4]

David Milliband with Mr Shahryar Khan at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), speaking at a talk organised by LUMUN on 18th Nov, 2014

He is currently teaching Pakistan's Foreign Relations at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) as part of the Social Sciences faculty. He teaches a course titled "Pakistan's Foreign Relations" in Fall semester and a senior level course titled "Critical Issues in Pakistan's Foreign Relations" in Spring semester. At LUMS, he is also the patron of the LUMS Model UN Society (LUMUN).

On 1 July 1994, he was appointed United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali's Special Representative to Rwanda, succeeding Jacques-Roger Booh-Booh. As U.N. Special Representative, he represented the United Nations during the genocide and subsequent refugee crisis.[5] He also remained the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board from 10 December 2003 till he resigned on 7 October 2006. On 16 August 2014 he was again appointed as the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.[6]

In 2005 he was made an honorary fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.[7]


In his retirement, Shaharyar Khan has written a number of books. The Begums of Bhopal is a history of the princely state of Bhopal. The Shallow Graves of Rwanda is an eye-witness account of his two-year stay in a country ravaged by genocide. Cricket – a Bridge of Peace, about India-Pakistan relations, is his third book. His most personal book has been the biography of his mother Princess Abida Sultaan – Memoirs of a Rebel Princess, which has been translated into Urdu. In 2013 with his son Ali Khan he wrote Cricket Cauldron: The Turbulent Politics of Sport in Pakistan.

Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board[edit]

He has been appointed Chairman after he was elected unanimously by the board of governors of Pakistan Cricket Board[8] in the light of new constitution of the PCB 2014 which was approved by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Khan previously served as the PCB chief in 2003, taking over with the board in turmoil. His tenure is remembered more for Pakistan's infamous 2006 forfeit of the Oval test after being penalised for ball tampering.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Humayun Khan
Preceded by
Tanvir Ahmad Khan
Foreign Secretary of Pakistan
Succeeded by
Najmuddin Shaikh