Khalid Maqbool

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
Profession Soldier, general
Awards Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military)
Hilal-e-Imtiaz (civilian)
Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi
Military service
Allegiance  Pakistan
Branch/service  Pakistan Army
Years of service 1966–2001
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 Work Civil 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]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


  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

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