Shahryar Khan

Shahryar Mohammad Khan (Urdu: شہریار محمد خان; born 12 March 1934) is a former career Pakistan diplomat who became Foreign Secretary of Pakistan in 1990, and remained so until his retirement from service in 1994. He later served as United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Rwanda (1994–1996), and wrote the book Shallow Graves of Rwanda on his experiences on what Rwanda went through. Since August 1999, he has intermittently served as the chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board, and also served as the president of Asian Cricket Council in 2016.[1]

Shahryar M. Khan
Shahryar Khan.jpg
Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board
In office
May 2014 – August 2017
Preceded byNajam Sethi
Succeeded byNajam Sethi
In office
December 2003 – October 2006
Preceded byLieutenant general Tauqir Zia
Succeeded byNasim Ashraf
20th Foreign Secretary of Pakistan
In office
Preceded byTanvir Ahmad Khan
Succeeded byNajmuddin Shaikh
Personal details
Born (1934-03-29) 29 March 1934 (age 88)
Bhopal, Bhopal State, India
Parent(s)Sarwar Ali Khan
Abida Sultan
Residence(s)Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Alma materDaly College
The Fletcher School
University of Cambridge

Early life and backgroundEdit

Shaharyar Muhammed Khan was born in the Qasr-e-Sultani Palace (now Saifia College), in the Bhopal State (honoured with 19-gun salute until 1947) in British India. 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 Begum Abida Sultan (Suraya Jah, and Nawab Gauhar-i-Taj), 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), and his wife Begum Maimoona Sultan. Khan is descended from the royal family of former princely state of Bhopal where his ancestors had emigrated to during first quarter of the eighteenth century from Afghanistan.[2] His mother was to succeed the titles and privileges associated with the ruling house of Bhopal, but she emigrated to the newly formed Pakistan after the partition of India, therefore her aunt, Sajida Sultan, was succeeded by her father and was recognized by the government of India as Begum of Bhopal in 1961. The Begum of Bhopal, Sultan Jahan, was his grandmother, and her mother and predecessor, Shah Jahan Begum, was his great-grandmother. The cricketer and the 8th Nawab of Pataudi, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, is his uncle by marriage (Sajida's husband). Khan is the first cousin of the cricketer and the 9th Nawab of Pataudi, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, and the titular Begum of Bhopal, Saleha Sultan. The actors Saif Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan, and the cricketer Saad Bin Jung are his nephews and niece.

Khan studied at the following institutes:

Career, retirement and literary workEdit

Khan (right) with David Miliband at LUMS in 2014

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)[3][4][5] He also stayed as Pakistan Ambassador to France (1999–2001) and Chairman, Committee on Foreign Service Reforms, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1997–1999).[6]

Khan 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 Fall semester and a senior level course titled "Critical Issues in Pakistan's Foreign Relations" in Spring semester. 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.[7][8][9] 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.[10]

In 2005 he was made an honorary fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.[11]

In his retirement, Shaharyar Khan has written a number of books. The Begums of Bhopal is a history of the princely state of Bhopal.[12][13][14] The Shallow Graves of Rwanda[15] is an eye-witness account of his two-year stay in a country ravaged by what some might call genocide.[8][16][9] Cricket – a Bridge of Peace,[17] 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,[18] which has been translated into Urdu.[19] In 2013 with his son Ali Khan he wrote Cricket Cauldron: The Turbulent Politics of Sport in Pakistan.[20] He has also co-authored a book titled as "Shadows across the playing field; 60 years of India-Pakistan cricket" with renowned Indian writer and politician Shashi Tharoor.[21]

Chairman Pakistan Cricket BoardEdit

He has been appointed chairman after he was elected unanimously by the board of governors of Pakistan Cricket Board[22] 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 2006 forfeit of the Oval test after being penalised for ball tampering. He was once again appointed the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board on 18 August 2014. He served as one of the founders of the Pakistan Super League.As of May 2016, he is still the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

In March 2016, Pakistan was eliminated from the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 after losing 3 matches against India, New Zealand and Australia and only winning against Bangladesh. This caused great controversy over whose 'fault' it was. Khan was amongst those blamed and there were talks about him retiring from PCB after this. However, he later spoke out and said he would not resign.[23] He also said it would be better to bring in a foreign coach, implying that Waqar Younis' coaching contract, which ends in June 2016, will not be renewed. Furthermore, Khan did not release any statements on who he thought was responsible for the loss,[24] but Instead, he said before the match that he will not change Afridi's position because he has been 'serving Pakistan for the last 20 years'. Khan added that changes will happen after the tournament but also noted that the poor performance was from the whole team, except certain individuals.[25]

Personal lifeEdit

Khan met Minoo Khan, a student at the Queen's College in London in 1957, and married her in 1958 in Karachi. One of his sons, Ali Khan, is married to Mariyam Zamman. Mariyam went on to have beautiful daughter called Alena Khan, who also goes to Queen's College London. Keemiya and Ines are best friends with Alena.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Shehreyar khan becomes President of Asian Cricket Council". Daily Pakistan. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  2. ^ Mourad, Kenizé (2013). In the City of Gold and Silver : The Story of Begum Hazrat Mahal. Full Circle. ISBN 978-81-7621-237-3.
  3. ^ "Cricket – A Bridge of Peace". Archived from the original on 26 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Lecture by Ambassador Shaharyar M. Khan, UN special rep in Rwanda 1994-6". Archived from the original on 15 May 2011.
  5. ^ Khan, Shaharyar M (1991). "Pakistan's Foreign Policy Challenges". Pakistan Horizon. 44 (2): 9–24. ISSN 0030-980X. OCLC 6015378168.
  6. ^ "The prospects for Pakistan and its neighbourhood" Archived 26 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine The Ditchley Foundation, 5–7 October 2007
  7. ^ "Massacres, 'mindless violence and carnage' rage in Rwanda", UN Chronicle, September 1994
  8. ^ a b Khan, Shaharyar M; Straus, Scott (2002). "BOOK REVIEWS - POLITICS - The Shallow Graves of Rwanda". African Studies Review. 45 (3): 141. doi:10.2307/1515139. ISSN 0002-0206. JSTOR 1515139. OCLC 97793414. S2CID 221275139.
  9. ^ a b Khan, Shaharyar M (2004). "The United Nations dismissed the Warning Signs and failed to stop the Genocide". Rwanda Genocide Rwanda Genocide / Christina Fisanick, Book Ed., ISBN 0737719869: 58–67. OCLC 773806724.
  10. ^ "PCB unanimously elects Shahryar Khan as chairman – Sport". Dawn.Com. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  11. ^ Corpus Christi College honorary fellows Archived 27 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Khan, Shaharyar M (2001). Le royaume des bégums: une dynastie de femmes dans l'empire des Indes (in French). Paris: Fayard. ISBN 978-2-213-60964-5. OCLC 48530890.
  13. ^ Khan, Shaharyar M; Ansari, Sarah (2001). "Books Reviewed - The Begums of Bhopal: A Dynasty of Women Rulers in Raj India". The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. 29 (2): 166. ISSN 0308-6534. OCLC 93448821.
  14. ^ Khan, Shaharyar M (2017). Bhopal connections: vignettes of royal rule. ISBN 978-93-5194-197-2. OCLC 1004751938.
  15. ^ Khan, Shaharyar M (2000). The shallow graves of Rwanda. London; New York: I.B. Tauris. ISBN 978-1-86064-616-4. OCLC 1048064343.
  16. ^ Khan, Shaharyar M; Forbes, Geraldine (2002). "Reviews of Books - ASIA - The Begums of Bhopal: A Dynasty of Women Rulers in Raj India". The American Historical Review. Washington, etc.: American Historical Association [etc.] 107 (2): 528. doi:10.1086/532332. ISSN 0002-8762. OCLC 95463311.
  17. ^ Khan, Shaharyar M (2005). Cricket: a bridge of peace. Karachi: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195978360. OCLC 607570308.
  18. ^ Sultaan, Abida (2004). Memoirs of a rebel princess. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-579958-3. OCLC 857280302.
  19. ^ Sultaan, Abida (2007). ʻĀbidah Sult̤ān, ek inqilābī shahzādī kī k̲h̲vudnavisht (in Urdu). Karācī: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-597907-7. OCLC 217265251.
  20. ^ Khan, Shaharyar M; Khan, Ali (2013). Cricket cauldron: the turbulent politics of sport in Pakistan. London: I.B. Tauris. ISBN 978-1-78076-083-4. OCLC 1056951489.
  21. ^ Tharoor, Shashi; Khan, Shaharyar M (2009). Shadows across the playing field: 60 years of India-Pakistan cricket. New Delhi: Roli Books. ISBN 978-81-7436-718-1. OCLC 426032999.
  22. ^ "Latest Sports News, Live Scores, Results Today's Sports Headlines Updates - NDTV Sports". Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  23. ^ "PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan says he is not stepping down". IBNLive. Archived from the original on 4 April 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  24. ^ "A blow by blow account of Pakistan cricket". The Indian Express. 2 April 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  25. ^ "Shaharyar Khan unhappy with Pakistan's Asia Cup performance". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2 April 2016.

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Preceded by
Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
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