Before talking about list of governors of Pakistan let me tell you that Pakistan consists of 4 provinces which are mentioned below and 2 autonomous territories
Provinces & Capital of Provinces
- Punjab…..( Lahore capital of Punjab)
- Sindh (Karachi)
- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ( Peshawar)
- Balochistan ( Quetta)
Gilgit Baltistan (Gilgit) and Azad Jammu Kashmir.
The governor of each province is the assigned head of each provincial government. Despite the fact that the Governors are actually the provinces’ heads of state on paper, it is to a great extend a ceremonial position.
The Chief Ministers & Chief Secretaries are the politicians who held the main powers. Nonetheless, throughout Pakistan’s history, the provincial governors’ powers were significantly increased.
During 1958 to 1972 & 1977 to 1985, under martial law, as well as during 1999 to 2002, with governor rules, the governors took direct control of the administrative role when the assemblies of the provinces were dissolved.
During 1949 to 1951, Punjab had direct governor rule due to the fact that the province’s chief minister was removed, whilst assemblies were dissolved.
List of Governors of Pakistan
Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar
Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar was the 31st & 33rd Punjabi Governor and is now incumbent and active as from 5 September 2018.
Short Biographical Details:
- Personal Details
Birth date 18 August 1952 – age: 67 years
Birth place Pirmahal – Punjab – Pakistan
Until 2013: British
Political Affiliation PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf – since 2015 till present
Affiliation PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League) during 2012 to 2015
Labour Party until 2010 in the United Kingdom
Spouse Perveen Sarwar
Children 1 daughter and 3 sons
Alma Mater The University of Faisalabad
- Career Details
President Arif Alvi
Prime Minister PM Imran Khan
Preceded Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi
In Office During 15 August 2013 until 29 January 2015
President Mamnoon Hussain
Prime Minister PM Nawaz Sharif
Preceded Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood
a Pakistani senator coming from Punjab
In Office 12 March until 4 September 2018
Succeeded Rafique Rajwana –
Constituency General Seat
MP (Member of Glasgow Central
Glasgow Govan From 1997 until 2005)
In office From 1 May 1997 to 12 April 2010
Preceded Ian Davidson
Succeeded Anas Sarwar
With Majority Of 13,518 – 48.2 percent
Sindh: List of Governors of Pakistan
Imran Ismail, the incumbent governor of Sindh was born in Karachi on 1st January 1966. He is Sindh’s 33rd governor, since 27th August 2018. During August 2018 he was a Provincial Assembly member of Sindh Province.
He is a founding member of the PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf). As PTI-candidate he ran for a seat, from Constituency NA246 – Karachi VIII, in the Pakistan National Assembly during a by-election, which took place in April 2015. He was unsuccessful, receiving 24,821 votes and as a result Kunwar Naveed Jamil won the seat.
However, as a PTI candidate representing Constituency PS 111 – Karachi – XXIII, he got elected to the Sindh Provincial Assembly, during the Pakistani general election in 2018.
Imran Khan named him as the Governor of Sindh on 6 August 2018, whilst the PTI formally nominated him for the same position on 11th August 2018.
He took the oath on 13th August 2018, as a Sindh Assembly member. On the same day, Imran Ismail reasserted the commitment of the PTI to tear down the security walls, which surrounded Karachi’s Bilawal House.
He was designated as the Governor of Sindh, as from 23 August 2018. However, academic experts criticized his designation as Governor, claiming that his qualifications, intermediate pass, was inadequate for his office. Their argument was that the position of Governor, gives him the authority to be chancellor of all the educational institutions of the state.
Thus, he resigned on 27th August 2018, from his seat in the Sindh Assembly, after which he took the oath as Sindh’s Governor.
`Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: List of Governors of Pakistan
Shah Farman, is the incumbent, and 32nd Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as from 5 September 2018. Prior to this position, from May 2013 until May 2018, he was a representative of the Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as well as from August 2018 until September 2018.
In the Khatak Cabinet he was the Public Health Engineering & Information Minister. As a PTI candidate, he was re-appointed to the Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, during the general election in Pakistan during 2018, (Constituency PK-71 Peshawar-VI).
He got 17,309 votes, thus defeating Sifat Ullah, the candidate of PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League). He got nominated on 16th August 2018, for the position of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Governor.
However, he resigned, with effect of 16 August 2018, from his seat in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, after he casted his vote within the Pakistani presidential election during 2018.
Shah Farman took his oath becoming Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Governor as from 4 September 2018. He is a Pakistani national.
Balochistan: List of Governors of Pakistan
Amanullah Khan Yasinzai, is the incumbent and 24th Governor of Balochistan. He was born on 7 August 1954, in Quetta. Formerly he served as the Chief Justice of Balochistan High Court – BHC, between 27 January 1997 until 5 August 2005, and he resigned during 2009.
He acquired a Bachelors & Masters Degree attending the Forman Christian College located in Lahore.
When an emergency was declared by Pakistan’s ex-president Pervez Musharraf, during November 2007, he took oath of office in accordance with Provisional Constitutional Order.
It seemed that his resignation from his position was in avoidance to face references within Pakistan’s Supreme Judicial Council, subsequently a judgement was made by the Supreme Court regarding the PCO Judges-case.
President Arif Alvi appointed Yasinzai as Balochistan’s 24th Governor on 3 October 2018, following the advice of Imran Khan the Pakistani Prime Minister.
He was sworn in on 4 October 2018.
Gilgit Baltistan: List of Governors of Pakistan
Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon, the incumbent Governor of Gilgit Baltistan is the province’s 7th Governor. He was born on 20 May 1971, in Skardu which is located in Gilgit Baltistan.
He is a Pakistani politician who presumed office on 30 September 2018. His political affiliation is with the PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf).
During 2015 he competed for Gilgit Baltistan’s seat in the Legislative Assembly, as a PTI candidate (Constituency GBLA-2). He got 3,330 votes and came in second, with Akbar Khan Taban , as the victor.
President Arif Alvi appointed him as governor, as advised by Imran Khan the Pakistani Prime Minister, after Mir Ghazanfar Ali resigned. He has four children and lives in the Governor House of Gilgit-Baltistan.