Khawaja Shahabuddin

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Khawaja Shahabuddin
5th Governor of North-West Frontier Province
In office
26 November 1951 – 17 November 1954
Governor GeneralMalik Ghulam Muhammad
Preceded byIbrahim Ismail Chundrigar
Succeeded byQurban Ali Khan
2nd Minister of Interior
In office
8 May 1948 – 26 November 1951
Prime MinisterLiaquat Ali Khan
Preceded byFazl-ur-Rehman
Succeeded byMushtaq Ahmed Gurmani
Personal details
Born31 May 1898
Died9 February 1977 (aged 78)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
(m. 1915)

Khawaja Shahabuddin (31 May 1898 – 9 February 1977) was a politician of Kashmiri-Bengali descent from East Pakistan who was a minister in the Government of Pakistan and member of the Dhaka Nawab family. He was the younger brother of Khawaja Nazimuddin and the father of Bangladeshi Lieutenant-General Khwaja Wasiuddin.

Early life[edit]

Khawaja Shahabuddin was born on 31 May 1898. His father was Khwaja Nizamuddin, who was a zamindar.[4]

He served as the municipality commissioner of Dhaka from 1918 to 1921. In 1921 he joined the Dhaka district board. He became the chairman of the board in 1923 to 1924.[4] From 1928 to 1944 he was the president of Dhaka district Muslim League.[4]


In 1936 he was a member of the executive council of the Governor of Bengal Presidency. From 1930 to 1938 he was the treasurer at the University of Dhaka. He was elected to the Bengal legislative assembly from Narayanganj in 1937.[4] He was the Chief Whip in the A K Fazlul Haq government in Bengal from 1937 to 1941. He was the Minister of Commerce, Labour and Industry in Khwaja Nazimuddin’s government from 1943 to 1945.[4]

Shahabuddin was also involved in the movement for the creation of Pakistan. In 1947 he became the Chief whip in National Assembly of Pakistan. In 1948, he became the Minister of Home Affairs, Information and Broadcasting in the cabinet of Liaquat Ali Khan. In 1951, he was appointed Governor of the North West Frontier Province.[4] He also the Ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia and Yemen in 1954, Egypt in 1958, Nigeria, Cameroon, Senegal, Togo and Sierra Leone from 1961 to 1964. He served as the Minister of Information and Broadcasting from 1965 to 1969 under the administration of Ayub Khan.[4]


He died on 9 February 1977 in Karachi, Pakistan.[4]


  1. ^ Huda, Sigma (25 November 2011). "In remembrance: Alamgir M. A. Kabir". The Daily Star.
  2. ^ "Khwaja Zakiuddin passes away". The Daily Star. 18 January 2003.
  3. ^ Alamgir, Md. (2012). "Wasiuddin, Lt General Khwaja". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Alamgir, Mohammad. "Shahabuddin, Khwaja". Banglapedia. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
Fazlur Rehman
Interior Minister of Pakistan
1948 – 1951
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
1951 – 1954
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Minister of Information and Broadcasting of Pakistan
1965 – 1969
Succeeded by