Roedad Khan

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Roedad Khan
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Minister of Accountability
In office
6 August 1990 – 18 April 1993
PresidentGhulam Ishaq Khan
Prime MinisterMuhammad Nawaz Sharif
Secretary General Ministry of Interior
In office
17 August 1988 – 6 August 1990
PresidentGeneral Zia-ul-Haq
Prime MinisterMuhammad Junejo
Interior Secretary of Pakistan
In office
16 September 1978 – 17 August 1988
PresidentGeneral Zia-ul-Haq
Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism
In office
3 August 1973 – 16 September 1978
PresidentFazal Ilahi Chaudhry
Prime MinisterZulfikar Ali Bhutto
Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism
In office
25 March 1969 – 20 December 1971
PresidentGeneral Yahya Khan
Pakistan Secretary of Industries and Production
In office
27 October 1958 – 25 March 1969
PresidentField Marshal Ayub Khan
Personal details
Born (1923-09-28) 28 September 1923 (age 99)
Mardan, British India[1]
Political partyPakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Alma materForman Christian College[1]
Aligarh Muslim University[1]
OccupationCivil servant[1]

Roedad Khan (Urdu: روئیداد خان; born 28 September 1923) is a Pakistani politician and former civil servant. He was a leading figure in Pakistan from the start to the end of the Cold War. During his long career, Khan was one of the most senior civil servants of Pakistan.[2][3][1]

Early life and career[edit]

Khan was born on 28 September 1923, in a small village of Mardan, North-West Frontier Province, British India, to an ethnic Pashtun family that belonged to Yousufzai tribe.[4] In 1939, he graduated from local high school and went to attend Forman Christian College and gained BA in English Literature in 1942.[4] The atmosphere, in the College was liberal, tolerant and progressive.[4] Respecting his father's wishes, Khan attended the Aligarh Muslim University and gained MA in English history in 1946. Upon his return to Mardan, Khan taught history at Islamia College, Peshawar and opted Pakistan's citizenship in 1947.[4] In 1949, Khan joined the elite Pakistan Administrative Service formerly known as District Management Group of the Central Superior Services and started his career in 1951.[4] He started his career in 1951 as the Secretary of Chief Minister of Sindh Provincial Government.

During his long career, Khan served with five Presidents of Pakistan and three Prime ministers of Pakistan. However, his career was at peak when he served with Chief Martial Law Administrator of Pakistan General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, responsible for the country's internal security while intelligence efforts were built up to sabotage Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan Soviet Republic.[4] Khan, a part of General's Zia policy to enhance the secret establishment, Khan served as its elite member. After fall of communism, Khan officially retired from Pakistan's politics and civil services and went on to become a political analyst as of current.[4]

He went on to become the Secretary General of Pakistan, the highest rank in Pakistani bureaucracy (could only be achieved after retirement if you had served in BPS-22 grade, position not in place anymore). Roedad Khan had held major public offices during the regime of President General Muhammad Zia ul Haq and President Ghulam Ishaq Khan. Before being appointed as the Secretary General, he held the position of Interior Secretary of Pakistan.[5] He is also author of three books.

Civil Services of Pakistan[edit]

Roedad Khan joined the Civil Services of Pakistan in 1949 and has held several appointments, including those of Chief Secretary Sindh, Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, managing director Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV), Information Secretary of Pakistan, Secretary Ministry of Labour, Secretary Ministry of Tourism, Interior Secretary of Pakistan, Secretary General Ministry of Interior, Federal Minister of Accountability and Adviser to the Prime Minister of Pakistan and the President of Pakistan.[1]

Length of career[edit]

Roedad Khan has worked with five Presidents of PakistanAyub Khan, General Yahya Khan, Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry, General Zia-ul-Haq and Ghulam Ishaq Khan.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Herald Exclusive: The whole Roedad (Detailed profile of Roedad Khan) Dawn (newspaper), Published 25 February 2015, Retrieved 1 December 2017
  2. ^ Khan, Aurangzaib (25 February 2015). "Herald Exclusive: The whole Roedad". DAWN.COM.
  3. ^ Reeves, Philip (25 March 2009). "In Pakistan, A Government Official-Turned-Protester". National Public Radio (U.S. Radio website). Archived from the original on 11 January 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Hassan Ansari, PAF, Colonel Athar (December 1998). "Pakistan – A dream gone sour". Colonel Athar Hassan Ansari, Director of Air War college. Oxford University Press 1997. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  5. ^ Sarwar, Zafar Alam (23 April 2011). "Unite with revolutionary spirit". Pakistan Observer. Archived from the original on 16 March 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2017.