Bahadur Khan (politician)

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Khan Sardar Bahadur Khan
Born 8 July 1908
Rehana village, Haripur District, Pakistan
Died 31 December 1975
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Politician, Government Official
Known for Leader of the Opposition, Brother of Ayub Khan (President of Pakistan)[1]

Khan Sardar Bahadur Khan (Urdu: سردار بہادر خان‎) (born 8 July 1908– 31 December 1975) was a Pakistani politician. He was the 9th Chief Minister of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (then called Northwest Frontier Province).[2]

Personal life

He was the son of Risaldar Major Mir Dad Khan and the brother of former military dictator and president Ayub Khan, (General Muhammad Ayub Khan).[1] He was born in the village of Rehana which is located in the Haripur District of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. He belonged to the Tarin tribe of Hindko-speaking Pashtuns.

He received his LLB Degree from Aligarh Muslim University.

Political career

A member of the Muslim League in the province, he was elected to the NWFP Legislative Assembly from the Haripur Central constituency in a by-election in the Winter of 1939, after the demise of the previously incumbent Muslim League leader Khan Sahib Abdul Majid Khan Tarin.[3] He became Speaker of the Assembly in 1942.

He was re-elected in the 1946 election. Khan later served as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth Relations and Communications in the government of Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan (Muslim League) from 17 February – 10 September 1949 when he was promoted to full Cabinet Minister.

He served as Minister for Communications in the cabinets of multiple Prime Ministers: Liaquat Ali Khan from 10 September 1949 – 19 October 1951, Khawaja Nazimuddin from 24 October 1951 – 17 April 1953 and Muhammad Ali Bogra from 17 April 1953 – 24 October 1954. He held the additional portfolio of Health and Works from 10 September 1949 – 20 September 1949.

Bahadur Khan served as Chief Commissioner of Baluchistan from 8 November 1954 – 19 July 1955.

After the 1962 elections, he became Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly of Pakistan during the government of President Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan.[1]

In the first nationwide elections held in 1970 for the National Assembly of Pakistan, he was elected again as a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan.[4]

The Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University in Quetta is named in his memory and is the only all-female university in Balochistan.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c Former President Ayub Khan and Sardar Bahadur Khan as brothers Dawn newspaper, Published 30 January 2017, Retrieved 28 May 2017
  2. ^ Sardar Bahadur Khan listed in the newspaper article as having served as Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Northwest Frontier Province), The Nation newspaper, Published 1 June 2013, Retrieved 28 May 2017
  3. ^ See notification to this effect in the Govt of NWFP Gazette Extraordinary Vol 32, No4, 1940, p. 11
  4. ^ Bahadur Khan elected member of National Assembly of Pakistan in 1970, Dawn newspaper, Published 28 April 2012, Retrieved 6 June 2017
  5. ^ Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University Dawn newspaper, Published 7 April 2016, Retrieved 28 May 2017
  6. ^ Quetta university shut after attacks BBC News website, Published 17 June 2013, Retrieved 28 May 2017
Political offices
Preceded by
Sardar Abdur Rashid Khan
Chief Minister of North-West Frontier Province
Succeeded by
Mufti Mahmud
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