Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

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Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
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Arshad Hussain Shah
since 12 November 2023
Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
StyleHis Excellency
Member of
Reports to
ResidenceChief Minister House, Peshawar
AppointerAssembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Term lengthFive years
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Pakistan
Inaugural holderSahibzada Abdul Qayyum
Formation1 April 1937; 86 years ago (1937-04-01)

The chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is the head of government of the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The chief minister leads the legislative branch of the provincial government, and is elected by the Provincial Assembly. Given that he has the confidence of the assembly, the chief minister's term is for five years and is subject to no term limits. The position is current vacant due to the death of Muhammad Azam Khan.

The chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is elected by the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to serve as the head of the provincial government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.


In 1901, NWFP was declared as a Chief Commissioner Province and thirty-one years later in 1932 its status was raised to the Governor Province and NWFP Legislative Council was formed. The first session of the council was summoned on 18 May 1932 under the presidentship of His Lordship Hon'ble K.B. Khan Abdul Ghafoor Khan, Khan of Zaida at the Town Hall Abbottabad, at 9 a.m. of the clock, swearing Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum as the minister for Transferred Departments. In 1937, the Government of India Act 1935 was enforced in NWFP changing the pre set regulations which introduced the portfolio of the chief minister, abolishing the portfolio of the president. The first session of the new parliament was summoned on 12 March 1946 under the Chairmanship of Sardar Bahadur Khan while Nawabzada Allah Nawaz Khan was elected as Speaker and Lala Girdheri Lal as Deputy Speaker on 13 March 1946. The total number of members was 50. This Assembly was dissolved in 1951 and the number of members was increased from 50 to 58. The legislative Assembly became a Provincial Assembly through a presidential order known as legal framework order 1970. After the restoration of the Provincial Assembly in 1970, General Elections were held for the NWFP Provincial Assembly on 17 December 1970. At that time the number of member’s seats in the Assembly was 43 out of which 2 seats were reserved for women and only one for minorities. The first session of the Assembly was summoned on 2 May 1972 in the hall of Pakistan Academy for Rural Development, University Town Peshawar. Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan Khattak was elected as Speaker and Arbab Saifur Rehman Khan as Deputy

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