Khalid Maqbool

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Khalid Maqbool
24th Governor of Punjab (Pakistan)
In office
29 October 2001 16 May 2008
President General Pervez Musharraf
Asif Ali Zardari
Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali
Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain
Shaukat Aziz
Muhammad Mian Soomro
Yousaf Raza Gillani
Preceded by Muhammad Safdar
Succeeded by Salmaan Taseer
Personal details
Nationality Pakistani
Alma mater Pakistan Military Academy
Command and Staff College
National Defence University
ProfessionSoldier, general
Awards Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military)
Hilal-e-Imtiaz (civilian)
Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi
Military service
AllegianceFlag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Branch/serviceFlag of the Pakistani Army.svg  Pakistan Army
Years of service1966–2001
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant-General
Unit Baloch Regiment
Commands Command and Staff College
Corps Commander Lahore
Infantry Division
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Post-Retirement WorkCivil Servant and former Governor of the Punjab
former National Accountability Bureau

Lieutenant General (retd) Khalid Maqbool Vohra, (Urdu: خالد مقبول), (born 1948) is a career Pakistan Army officer who remained the longest serving Governor of Punjab, the most populous province of Pakistan, in office under the General Pervez Musharraf government from October 2001 till May 2008. He was replaced by Salmaan Taseer, a business tycoon and owner of the WorldCall Group. [1]

Urdu national language and lingua franca of Pakistan; standardized register of Hindustani

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Pakistan Army Ground warfare branch of Pakistans military

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Military education

Khalid Maqbool Vohra was born in Faisalabad (formerly Lyallpur). 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.

Faisalabad Municipality in Punjab, Pakistan

Faisalabad, formerly known as Lyallpur, is the third-most-populous city in Pakistan, and the second-largest in the eastern province of Punjab. Historically one of the first planned cities within British India, it has long since developed into a cosmopolitan metropolis. Faisalabad was restructured into city district status; a devolution promulgated by the 2001 local government ordinance (LGO). The total area of Faisalabad District is 5,856 km2 (2,261 sq mi) while the area controlled by the Faisalabad Development Authority (FDA) is 1,280 km2 (490 sq mi). Faisalabad has grown to become a major industrial and distribution centre because of its central location in the region and connecting roads, rails, and air transportation. It has been referred to as the "Manchester of Pakistan". Faisalabad contributes over 20 percent of Punjab's GDP, and has an average annual GDP of $20.5 billion. Agriculture and industry remain its hallmark.

Baloch Regiment

The Baloch Regiment is an infantry regiment of the Pakistan Army. The modern regiment was formed in May 1956 by the merger of 8th Punjab and Bahawalpur Regiments with the Baluch Regiment. Since then, further raisings have brought the strength of the Regiment to more than fifty battalions. The Baloch Regiment is descended from the infantry of the old British Indian Army and is named after the Pakistani province of Balochistan. Before 1991, it was called the Baluch Regiment but the spelling was changed to 'Baloch' to better reflect the correct pronunciation.

The Command and Staff College is a Pakistani military training institution where officers receive staff training and education. It was temporarily established in 1905 at Deolali and later shifted to Quetta in 1907, Baluchistan, British India, now in Pakistan. It has been the alma mater of many renowned soldiers from countries all around the world.

Career with Pakistan Army

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.

Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 Military confrontation between India and Pakistan alongside the Bangladesh Liberation War

The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 was a military confrontation between India and Pakistan that occurred during the liberation war in East Pakistan from 3 December 1971 to the fall of Dacca (Dhaka) on 16 December 1971. The war began with preemptive aerial strikes on 11 Indian air stations, which led to the commencement of hostilities with Pakistan and Indian entry into the war of independence in East Pakistan on the side of Bengali nationalist forces. Lasting just 13 days, it is one of the shortest wars in history.

Kashmir former princely state, now a conflict territory between India and Pakistan

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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

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.

National Accountability Bureau Pakistani anti-corruption agency

The National Accountability Bureau is an autonomous and constitutionally established federal institution responsible to build efforts against corruption and prepare critical national economic intelligence assessments against economic terrorism to the Government of Pakistan. It is headed by Justice (R) Javed Iqbal as its chairman. Pakistan's parliamentary committee that monitors corruption cases has criticized The National Accountability Bureau for its unwillingness to prosecute former Army officers involved in corruption scandals.

Political career

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.

Salmaan Taseer Pakistani politician

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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.

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  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
Political offices
Preceded by
Muhammad Safdar
Governor of Punjab
Succeeded by
Salmaan Taseer