Shahryar Khan



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Nawabzada Shahryar Mohammad Khan born 29 March 1934 is a former career Pakistan diplomat who rose to the position of Foreign Secretary of Pakistan in 1990, and remained so till his retirement from service in 1994; he was later appointed as UN SRSG to Rwanda (1994–1996).


Nawabzada Shaharyar Muhammed Khan is descended from the Orakzai tribe of Tirah, Pakistan. He was born in the Qasr-e-Sultani, Bhopal (a princely state, honoured with 19 gun-salute), British India in the pre-partition era. He is the only son and male heir of both Nawab Muhammad Sarwar Ali Khan, the ruler of former princely state of Kurwai and princess Abida Sultan (Suraya Jah, and Nawab Gauhar-i-Taj) Begum Sahiba, herself the Crown Princess and the eldest daughter of last ruling Nawab of Bhopal, Haji-Hafiz Sir Muhammad Nawab Hamidullah Khan, who reigned state of Bhopal after a prolonged era of Begums regime (the queens). He is the first cousin of the Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, who died on 22 September 2011. The senior Nawab of Pataudi was his uncle, and the junior Nawab - Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi - is his first cousin. Shahryar Muhammed Khan's maternal grand father, H.H. Hamidullah Khan, was one of the closest companions of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammed Ali Jinnah, during the era of Pakistan movement.


Shahryar Muhammed Khan left India with his mother for Pakistan in 1950. Prior to migration, he was educated at the Daly College, Indore (Madhya Pradesh) & Grosvenor School, UK. He is also an alumnus of the famous Rashtriya Indian Military College (known before Indian independence as the Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College), in Dehradun (India) and of Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge. Shahryar Khan took an LLB from Cambridge in 1956, and then studied for a year at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.


He worked for a year with Burmah Shell Oil, and in 1957, joined the Pakistani foreign service. In 1960, he was posted as a Third Secretary in the Pakistani High Commission in London, and was promoted to Second Secretary in the Tunis embassy from 1962 to 1966. In 1976, Shahryar Khan became Pakistan’s ambassador to Jordan (1976–1982) and the United Kingdom (1987–1990) He also stayed as Pakistan Ambassador to France (1999–2001) and Chairman, Committee on Foreign Service Reforms, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1997–1999).

He is currently teaching Pakistan's Foreign Relations at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) as part of the Social Sciences faculty. He teaches a course titled "Pakistan's Foreign Relations". In the Fall Semester of 2009, he has offered a senior level course titled "Critical Issues in Pakistan's Foreign Relations". At LUMS, he is also the patron of the LUMS Model UN Society (LUMUN).

On 1 July 1994, he was appointed United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali's Special Representative to Rwanda, succeeding Jacques-Roger Booh-Booh. As U.N. Special Representative, he represented the United Nations during the genocide and subsequent refugee crisis. He also remained the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board from 10 December 2003 till he resigned on 7 October 2006. On 16 August 2014 he was again appointed as the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

In 2005 he was made an honorary fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.


In his retirement, Shaharyar Khan has written a number of books. The Begums of Bhopal is a history of the princely state of Bhopal. The Shallow Graves of Rwanda is an eye-witness account of his two-year stay in a country ravaged by genocide. Cricket – a Bridge of Peace, about India-Pakistan relations, is his third book. His most personal book has been the biography of his mother Princess Abida Sultaan – Memoirs of a Rebel Princess, which has been translated into Urdu. In 2013 with his son Ali Khan he wrote Cricket Cauldron: The Turbulent Politics of Sport in Pakistan.

Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board

He has been appointed Chairman after he was elected unanimously by the board of governors of Pakistan Cricket Board in the light of new constitution of the PCB 2014 which was approved by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Khan previously served as the PCB chief in 2003, taking over with the board in turmoil. His tenure is remembered more for Pakistan's infamous 2006 forfeit of the Oval test after being penalised for ball tampering.

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