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Governor of Punjab, Pakistan

The Governor of Punjab is the appointed head of state of the provincial government in Punjab, Pakistan. The governor is designated by the Prime Minister and is normally regarded a ceremonial post. However, throughout the history of Pakistan, the powers of the provincial governors were vastly increased, when the provincial assemblies were dissolved and the administrative role came under direct control of the governors, as in the cases of martial laws of 1958–1972 and 1977–1985, and governor rules of 1999–2002. In the case of Punjab, there was direct governor rule in 1949–1951, when the provincial chief minister of that time was removed and assemblies dissolved.


  • List of governors of Punjab 1
  • West Pakistan 2
  • Punjab province 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

List of governors of Punjab

Following is the list of Punjab governors after independence of Pakistan from British Raj, circa 1947 to 1954.

West Pakistan

Between 14 October 1955 and 1 July 1970, the Punjab formed part of the larger province of West Pakistan. This province had three governors and then, later on, a number of Martial Law administrators, who were de facto viewed as governors, by many. The governors of West Pakistan were:

In 1970, West Pakistan province was dissolved.

Punjab province

Name Took office Left office Affiliation
Lt Gen Attiqur Rahman 1 Jul1970 23 Dec 1971 Military Administration
Ghulam Mustafa Khar 23 Dec 1971 12 November 1973 Pakistan Peoples Party
Sadiq Hussain Qureshi 12 November 1973 14 Mar 1975 Pakistan Peoples Party
Ghulam Mustafa Khar 14 Mar 1975 31 Jul 1975 Pakistan Peoples Party
Mohammad Abbas Abbasi 31 Jul 1975 5 Jul 1977 Pakistan Peoples Party
Justice Aslam Riaz Hussain 5 Jul 1977 18 Sept 1978 Pakistan Peoples Party
Lt Gen Sawar Khan 18 Sept 1978 1 May 1980 Military Administration
Lt Gen Ghulam Jilani Khan 1 May 1980 30 Dec 1985 Military Administration
Sajjad Hussain Qureshi 30 Dec 1985 9 Dec 1988 Civil Administration
Gen Tikka Khan 9 Dec 1988 6 Aug 1990 Pakistan Peoples Party
Mian Muhammad Azhar 6 Aug 1990 25 Apr 1993 Islami Jamhoori Ittehad
Chaudhary Altaf Hussain 25 Apr 1993 19 Jul 1993 Pakistan Peoples Party
Lt Gen Muhammad Iqbal 19 Jul 1993 26 Mar 1994 Independent
Chaudhary Altaf Hussain 26 Mar 1994 22 May 1995 Pakistan Peoples Party
Justice Muhammad Ilyas 22 May 1995 19 Jun 1995 Acting
Lt Gen Raja Saroop Khan 19 Jun 1995 6 Nov 1996 Pakistan Peoples Party
Justice Khalilur Rehman 6 Nov 1996 11 Nov 1996 Acting
Khawaja Tariq Rahim 11 Nov 1996 11 Mar 1997 Pakistan Peoples Party
Shahid Hamid 11 Mar 1997 18 Aug 1999 Pakistan Muslim League (N)
Lt Gen Muhammad Safdar 25 Oct 1999 29 Oct 2001 Military Administration
Lt Gen Khalid Maqbool 29 Oct 2001 16 May 2008 Military Administration
Chaudhry Muhammad Afzal Sahi 27 Nov 2002 11 Apr 2008 Acting
Salmaan Taseer* 17 May 2008 4 Jan 2011 Pakistan Peoples Party
Rana Muhammad Iqbal 4 Jan 2011 13 Jan 2011 Acting
Latif Khosa 13 Jan 2011 22 Dec 2012[1] Pakistan Peoples Party
Makhdoom Syed Ahmed Mahmud 25 Dec 2012 13 May 2013 Pakistan Muslim League (F)
Mohammad Sarwar 2 Aug 2013[2] 29 January 2015[3] Pakistan Muslim League (N)
Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana 7 May 2015[4] Incumbent Pakistan Muslim League (N)

 • Pakistan's first governor assassinated while in office

See also


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