Latif Khosa

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Latif Khosa
سردار محمد لطیف کھوسہ
29th Governor of Punjab
In office
13 January 2011 22 December 2012
President Asif Ali Zardari
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani
Preceded by Salmaan Taseer
Succeeded by Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood
Attorney General of Pakistan
In office
19 August 2008 10 October 2009
President Asif Ali Zardari
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani
Preceded by Malik Mohammad Qayyum
Succeeded byAnwar Mansoor Khan
Chairman Executive of Pakistan Bar Council
In office
3 June 1995 5 July 1998
Preceded byAbdus Samad Dogar
Succeeded byMushtaq A. Memon
Personal details
Muhammad Latif Khosa

Dera Ghazi Khan, Punjab, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Political party Pakistan People's Party
Spouse(s)Jamila Khosa
Noshaba Khosa
Residence Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Alma mater Government College Lahore
Profession Lawyer

Muhammad Latif Khosa (Urdu : محمد لطیف کھوسہ) was the Governor of Punjab, and a politician representing Pakistan People's Party. A former senator and a former Attorney General of Pakistan, Latif Khosa was appointed as the Governor of Punjab by the President of Pakistan after the murder of late-Governor Salman Taseer on 11 January 2011. [1] He was appointed the attorney general on 19 August 2008. [2] Also served as chairman of the executive committee (CEC) of Pakistan Bar Council. [3] He co-authored an electoral fraud report with former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto shortly before her assassination in December 2007. Khosa was one of Bhutto's top aides. [4]

Governor of Punjab, Pakistan of Punjab province in Pakistan

The Governor of Punjab is the appointed head of state of the provincial government in Punjab, Pakistan. Although the Governor is the head of the province on paper, it is largely a ceremonial position; and the main powers lie with the Chief Minister Punjab and Chief Secretary Punjab.

President of Pakistan Head of state of Pakistan

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Salman Taseer Pakistani politician

Salman Taseer was a Pakistani businessman and a liberal politician, who served as the 26th Governor of Punjab from 2008 until his assassination in 2011.


He belongs to Khosa tribe which is a Baloch tribe. [5]

Sardar Qadir Khan Khoso 19th Chief of Khoso Tribe was born in District Jacobabad. He was the son of the chief of his tribe, Sardar Muhammad Muqeem Khan Khoso, He received his early education from Karachi Saint Patricks school and later from khairpur University after his father's death. Being the son of the tribe's chief, he became the tumandar (chief) of his tribe after his father.

Baloch people ethnic group

The Baloch or Baluch are an Iranian people who live mainly in the Balochistan region of the southeastern-most edge of the Iranian plateau in Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan, as well as neighboring regions, including those in India; and having a significant diaspora in the Arabian Peninsula.

Law career

Senator Khosa appeared before the acting Chief Justice Javaid Iqbal in a hearing over the handling of the Iftikhar Chaudry sacking issue.

Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry Pakistani judge

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Khosa has been the key instrument in running of the Government in Punjab in spite of issues between the two mainstream political parties PPP (Pakistan People's Party) and PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz)

Attorney General

Soon after the PPP came to power after the 2008 elections Khosa was appointed attorney-general for Pakistan. He has also served as advisor of information technology of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.

Prime Minister of Pakistan Leader of the executive branch of the Government of Pakistan

The Prime Minister of Pakistan is the head of government of Pakistan and designated as the "chief executive of the Republic".


On 20 July 2010, advisor to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Information Technology Sardar Latif Khosa sent his resignation to the President after developing disagreements with the premier.


Khosa has been very active in bar politics and his group has won important Supreme Court Bar Association and Pakistan Bar Council elections over the last 30 years. He has been elected as the president of High Court Bar thrice and as member Pakistan Bar Council three times (15 years).

Pakistan Bar Council organization

The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) was established by the Parliament in 1973 under the Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils Act. It is the highest elected body of lawyers. It has twenty two members elected from across the country representing each province. The members of the Pakistan Bar Council are elected on the basis of a single transferable vote by the members of the Provincial Bar Councils.

He has held the portfolios of a minister, advisor and attorney general in the Government of Pakistan and Governor of Punjab in that province.

Khosa was also instrumental in the lawyers' movement for the restoration of dozens of senior judges sacked by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in 2007. The choice of his appointment came after the PPP acquiesced to the PML-N's 10-point agenda to improve performance of the federal government. [6]

Khosa was elected as the general secretary of Pakistan Peoples Party on 23 March 2013. He is also the chairman of the election monitoring cell of Pakistan Peoples Party.

Khosa has been invited to lecture on the subject of Politics, Diplomacy, Foreign Relations and International Law at universities across the globe.

Khosa's cousins include former governor Punjab Sirdar Zulfiqar Khosa; former Chief Minister Punjab Sirdar Dost Muhammad Khosa; former Inspector General Police Tariq Khosa; former federal secretary Nasir Khosa and Supreme Court Chief Justice Asif Khosa. [7]

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  1. Latif Khosa appointed as Governor Punjab Archived 12 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "Sardar Latif Khosa to be new Attorney General " Archived 28 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine Associated Press of Pakistan, 19 August 2008
  3. Chairman Executive PBC/
  4. Pakistan government delays elections CNN , 15 February 2008
  7. "Khosa for all top slots".
Political offices
Preceded by
Salman Taseer
Governor of Punjab
13 Jan 2011 – 22 Dec 2012
Succeeded by
Syed Ahmed Mahmud