Ghulam Mustafa Khar

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Malik Ghulam Mustafa
غلام مصطفى کھر
14th & 16th Governor of Punjab
In office
10 March 1975 – 15 July 1975
PresidentFazal Ilahi Chaudhry
Preceded bySadiq Hussain Qureshi
Succeeded byMohammad Abbas Abbasi
In office
23 December 1971 – 12 November 1973
PresidentZulfikar Ali Bhutto
Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry
Preceded byAttiqur Rahman
Succeeded bySadiq Hussain Qureshi
6th Chief Minister of Punjab
In office
12 November 1973 – 15 March 1974
Prime MinisterZulfikar Ali Bhutto
GovernorSadiq Hussain Qureshi
Preceded byMalik Meraj Khalid
Succeeded byHanif Ramay
Personal details
(1937-08-02) 2 August 1937 (age 86)
Sanawan, Punjab, British India
(Bilal khar)
Bilal khar ]]
Resting placeChildern
(Bilal khar)
Bilal khar ]]
Political partyPakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (2017 – 2022)[1]
Pakistan Muslim League (F) (2012 – 2017)[2]
Independent (2008-2012)
Pakistan Muslim League Q (2002-2008)
Independent (1997-2002)
Pakistan Peoples Party (1988-1997)
National Peoples Party (1977-1988)
Pakistan Peoples Party (1969-1977)
Pakistan Muslim League (1962-1969)
SpousesTehmina Durrani (Divorced)
Ayesha Butt
(m. 1990)
Ayonia Mumtaz Marral
(m. 2002)
+ 5 others
  • Childern
  • (Bilal khar)
  • Bilal khar ]]
RelativesGhulam Rabbani Khar (brother)
Hina Rabbani Khar (niece)
Alma materAitchison College

Malik Ghulam Mustafa Khar (Urdu: غلام مصطفى کھر; born 2 August 1937) is a Pakistani politician and feudal lord who has previously served as the Chief Minister of Punjab and Governor of Punjab.

Early life[edit]

He was born on 2 August 1937 in Sanawan in Kot Addu, Punjab to a wealthy landlord family belonging to the Khar clan, of the larger Kharal tribe. From his maternal side, he is a descendant of Khawaja Suleman Taunsvi of Taunsa Sharif.[5]

He received his education from Aitchison College, Lahore.[6]


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.[7]

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. By 1976, former rivals within the PPP, Khar and Ramay were working together within the Pir of Pagaro's Pakistan Muslim League (F). However, his relations with Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto briefly improved as he was appointed Special Assistant to the Prime Minister in 1977.[8]

In April 2017, he joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and he is considered to be on the left-wing of the PTI.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Khar has been married eight times.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12]

His son, Bilal Mustafa Khar was accused by his former wife Fakhra Younus of pouring acid over her face. Later, his son was acquitted of the charges. Four witnesses testified to seeing his son enter Fakhra's home on the day of the attack complained of receiving death threats. Later, they retracted their statements due to serious threats. In December 2003, judge dismissed the charges. Khar continued to protest his son's innocence, claiming the perpetrator was a pimp with whom his wife had been having an affair.[13]



  • Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto ki Kahani, 1975, 156 p.
  • Khari Baten, 1987, 152 p.

Book chapter[edit]

“Pakistan’s role in Muslim world” in the book Re-emerging Muslim World edited by Zahid Malik, published by Pakistan National Centre in 1974.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chaudhry, Fahad (24 April 2017). "Veteran politician Mustafa Khar joins Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf".
  2. ^ "Ghulam Mustafa Khar set to join PML-F - The Express Tribune". 24 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Ayesha Butt becomes seventh official wife of Federal Minister Ghulam Mustafa Khar". India Today. September 15, 1990.
  4. ^ "Khar weds for eighth time". 15 March 2002.
  5. ^ "Between pirs and politicians | Encore |". Retrieved 2022-04-04.
  6. ^ "Ghulam Mustafa Khar | Former Chief Minister of the Punjab during Z.A. Bhutto Government". Story Of Pakistan. 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2022-04-04.
  7. ^ 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."
  8. ^ "Ghulam Mustafa Khar | Former Chief Minister of the Punjab during Z.A. Bhutto Government". 5 January 2009.
  9. ^ Basharat, The Daily. "رضا ربانی کھر کی پی ٹی آئی میں شمولیت، حنا کا انکار" (in Urdu). Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  10. ^ Correspondent, A. (2002-03-15). "Khar weds for eighth time". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2022-04-15.
  11. ^ "Tehmina Durrani: 'My family disowned me for 13 years'". The Express Tribune. 2013-02-24. Retrieved 2022-04-15.
  12. ^ "Who is Hina Rabbani Khar?". Retrieved 2022-04-04.
  13. ^ "Fakhra Younus". Retrieved 2022-04-04.

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Political offices
Preceded by Governor of Punjab
23 Dec 1971 – 12 Nov 1973
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of Punjab
14 Mar 1973 – 31 Jul 1973
Succeeded by
Mohammad Abbas Abbasi
Preceded by Chief Minister of Punjab
12 Nov 1973 – 15 Mar 1974
Succeeded by