Khalid Maqbool

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Khalid Maqbool
35th Governor of Punjab
In office
29 October 2001 – 16 May 2008
PresidentGeneral Pervez Musharraf
Asif Ali Zardari
Prime MinisterZafarullah Khan Jamali
Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain
Shaukat Aziz
Muhammad Mian Soomro
Yousaf Raza Gillani
Preceded byMuhammad Safdar
Succeeded bySalmaan Taseer
Personal details
Lyallpur, Punjab, Pakistan
Alma materPakistan Military Academy
Command and Staff College
National Defence University
ProfessionMilitary officer
AwardsHilal-e-Imtiaz (Military)
Hilal-e-Imtiaz (civilian)
Chief MinisterChaudhry Pervaiz Elahi
Military service
Allegiance Pakistan
Branch/service Pakistan Army
Years of service1966–2001
Rank Lieutenant general
UnitBaloch Regiment
CommandsCommand and Staff College
Corps Commander Lahore
Infantry Division
Battles/warsIndo-Pakistani War of 1971
Post-Retirement WorkCivil Servant and former Governor of the Punjab
former National Accountability Bureau

Lieutenant General Khalid Maqbool Vohra, (Punjabi and Urdu: خالد مقبول) (born 1948) is Pakistani military officer who served as Governor of Punjab between October 2001 and May 2008.[1] He is the longest-serving governor of Punjab in Pakistani history.

Military education[edit]

Khalid Maqbool Vohra was born in Lyallpur (now Faisalabad) in 1948. He was commissioned in the Pakistan Army in May 1966 in the 1st War Course in the Baloch Regiment. He is a graduate of the Command and Staff College Quetta, the National Defence College, Rawalpindi and the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, where he attended the Senior International Defense Management Course. He holds an MSc. in Defense and Strategic studies.

Career with Pakistan Army[edit]

He saw action with an infantry regiment in 1971 Indo-Pakistani War in the Kashmir Sector. Throughout the 1980s, he was military secretary to General Rahimuddin Khan. During his military career he has held a number of prestigious appointments, including command of a Corps, Infantry Division and Brigade.

He has vast experience of instructional assignments including Chief Instructor at premier institutions of Pakistan for example National Defence College and Command and Staff College, Quetta, where he dealt with matters related to strategy and defence policy at the national level. In addition, he served as the Defence and Military Attache to the United States for two and half years.[2] From March 1995 to November 1996, he stayed as the Chief Instructor of Armed Forces War College at the then National Defence College, Islamabad.[3]

Corps Command of Lahore[edit]

Khalid Maqbool was promoted to the rank of Lt. Gen. on 16 October 1998, and made the corps commander of Lahore in place of Lt Gen Mohammad Akram (who proceeded as QMG), a post he continued till August 2000. He then took over as Chairman of National Accountability Bureau until his retirement from Army in October 2001, when he was sworn in as Governor of Punjab province.

Political career[edit]

He was chairman, National Accountability Bureau for over one year before he was sworn in as Governor of the Punjab Province on 29 October 2001. For meritorious services, he is recipient of Hilal-e-Imtiaz. On 15 May 2008, Salmaan Taseer was nominated to be new governor of Punjab replacing Lt. Gen. Khalid Maqbool.

During his tenure in the Governor House his contributions to education and health have been great. He was very respected among his staff. He changed the lives of families of workers that lived in the back area of the Governor house. This was done by building new accommodations and by providing better schooling and basic necessities to the workers. Brig Ahad Muzzafar Shah was appointed as his first Military Sectary from 2001-2004.


  1. ^ "Salmaan Taseer to be new Punjab governor" Daily Times, 15 May 2008
  2. ^ "Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff Meets with US Officials" USIA News Report, 4 April 1994
  3. ^ "Chief Instructors Gallery" Archived 17 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine National Defence University, Islamabad accessed 6 October 2009

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Political offices
Preceded by Governor of Punjab
Succeeded by