Ghulam Mustafa Khar

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Malik Ghulam Mustafa Khar
غلام مصطفى کھر
8th Governor of Punjab
In office
14 March 1975 – 31 July 1975
President Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry
Preceded by Sadiq Hussain Qureshi
Succeeded by Mohammad Abbas Abbasi
In office
23 December 1971 – 12 November 1973
President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry
Preceded by Attiqur Rahman
Succeeded by Sadiq Hussain Qureshi
6th Chief Minister of Punjab
In office
12 November 1973 – 15 March 1974
Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Governor Sadiq Hussain Qureshi
Preceded by Malik Meraj Khalid
Succeeded by Hanif Ramay
Personal details
Born (1937-08-02) 2 August 1937 (age 80)
Sanawan, Muzaffargarh, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Political party Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
Spouse(s) Tehmina Durrani (divorced)
Ayesha Butt
Relations Ghulam Rabbani Khar (brother)
Hina Rabbani Khar (niece)
Children Mohammed Khar & Hussain Khar current wife, and others from previously divorced wives including (Aaminah Haq from 5th wife Sherezade)
Alma mater Aitchison College

Malik Ghulam Mustafa Khar (Urdu: غلام مصطفى کھر‎; born Sanawan, Muzaffargarh on 2 August 1937) is a Pakistani politician from Punjab Province.

Early life

Khar was born in Sanawan, Muzaffargarh District, Punjab Province on 2 August 1937 to a khar tribe of Jatt.khar Jatt gotra. His father, Mohammad Yar Khar, was a big landowner himself[citation needed]. Khar was educated at Aitchison College, Lahore.[1]


Ghulam Mustafa Khar won his first National Assembly election in 1962 at the age of 24. He remained on posts of Minister of Water and Power, Chief Minister and Governor. In 1967 Khar joined Zulfikar Ali Bhutto as one of the founding members of the Pakistan Peoples Party as a close personal friend and political ally. He was appointed Governor and Martial Law Administrator of Punjab, the most electorally powerful province in the country by the newly sworn in President Bhutto following the collapse of Yahya Khan's military government. When the 1973 constitution was adopted in August and Bhutto became Prime Minister of Pakistan, Khar was given the portfolio of Chief Minister of Punjab Province.[2] Thanks to complaints from within the PPP, Khar was replaced by the far more left-leaning and intellectual Hanif Ramay. Khar was briefly reappointed Governor in March 1975 before being finally dismissed in July 1975. Bhutto's suspicions over Khar's ambitions as well as the deep divisions within the PPP in the Punjab led to his refusal to allow Khar to run for Ramay's seat in Lahore. Khar's attempts to run for the seat as an independent ended in failure. Ironically by 1976 former rivals within the PPP, Khar and Ramay were working together within the Pir of Pagaro's Pakistan Muslim League (F). In April 2017, he joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and he is considered to be on the left-wing of the PTI.[3]

Personal life

One of Khar's marriages was to Tehmina Durrani, a Pakistani women's rights activist and author. Her first book, My Feudal Lord, released by Vanguard Books of Lahore in June 1991 caused controversy in Pakistan's society by describing her abusive and traumatic marriage to Ghulam Mustafa Khar.

His daughter Aaminah Haq is a Pakistani model and actress noted as a Lux model and for her role in the television drama Mehndi.

Hina Rabbani Khar, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, is the daughter of his brother Ghulam Noor Rabbani.[4]

His son, Bilal Mustafa Khar was accused by his ex-wife Fakhra Younus of pouring acid over her face. However, he was acquitted of the charges. Although four witnesses testified to seeing him enter Fakhra’s home on the day of the attack, all later retracted their statements. They had complained of receiving death threats, but the judge in the case took no notice and in December 2003 he dismissed the charges. Khar continued to protest his innocence, claiming the perpetrator was a pimp with whom his wife had been having an affair.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Ghulam Mustafa Khar
  2. ^ The Terrorist Prince: The Life and Death of Murtuza Bhutto 1997 p12 ISBN 1859848869 "Punjab, admittedly, was Bhutto's power base, but after a revolt by his most trusted deputy, Malik Ghulam Mustafa Khar, in 1974 he no longer felt too easy with the country's largest and most formidable province."
  3. ^ Basharat, The Daily. "رضا ربانی کھر کی پی ٹی آئی میں شمولیت، حنا کا انکار" (in Urdu). Retrieved 2017-04-26. 
  4. ^ Khar, Ghulam Noor Rabbani. "Who is Hina Rabbani Khar". 
  5. ^

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Political offices
Preceded by
Attiqur Rahman
Governor of Punjab
23 Dec 1971 – 12 Nov 1973
Succeeded by
Sadiq Hussain Qureshi
Preceded by
Sadiq Hussain Qureshi
Governor of Punjab
14 Mar 1973 – 31 Jul 1973
Succeeded by
Mohammad Abbas Abbasi
Preceded by
Malik Meraj Khalid
Chief Minister of Punjab
12 Nov 1973 – 15 Mar 1974
Succeeded by
Hanif Ramay
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