Khalilur Rehman (governor)

Khalilur Rehman
Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
In office
13 March 2005  23 May 2006
President Pervez Musharraf
Preceded by Lt-Gen. Iftikhar Hussain
Succeeded by Lt-Gen. Ali Jan Aurakzai
Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan
In office
Preceded by Humayun Khan
Succeeded by J.M. Jamali
Personal details
Born Khalil-ur-Rahman
(1934-05-05) May 5, 1934
Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province, British India
(Present-day in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan)
Political party Independent
Military service
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch Pakistan Navy
Years of service 1954–88
Rank Captain
(PN No. 543)[1]
Unit Operations Branch
Commands Royal Bahrain Naval Force
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistan War of 1965
Indo-Pakistan War of 1971
Awards Hilal-e-Imtiaz (military)

Captain Khalilur Rehman (Urdu: خلیل الرحمن  b. 5 May 1934) HI(m), best known as Commander Khalil[2], is a retired naval officer in the Pakistan Navy who served as the Governor of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, appointed in 2005 until being replaced in 2006.[3][4]

In addition, he also commanded the Royal Bahrain Naval Force from 1976 until retiring from his military service in 1988 to pursue career in the politics.:1973[5]


Khalilur Rehman was born in a Surezai, a small village, located in the vicinity of the Peshawar District, North-West Frontier Province in India on 5 May 1934.[2] He was educated at the Edwardes College before joining the Pakistan Navy in 1954.[2]

He did his initial military training at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, England, where he secured his BSc in Communications.[2] In 1963–67, Lieutenant Khalil served in the Ayub administration as a staff officer.:66[6]

He served in the second war with India in 1965, and in third war with India in 1971 where he served on the destroyer as an executive officer.[2] In 1973, Commander Khalil commanded the PNS Alamgir until 1976 when he was selected to assume the command of the Royal Bahrain Naval Force, which Captain Khalil commanded until 1988.:1973[2][5] In addition, he went to attend the Naval War College in Lahore.:1973[5] In 1988, Capt. Khalil served in the faculty of the Naval War College but later resigned from his commission when he decided to play a role in national politics, and surprised many when he won the elections for the Senate of Pakistan which he served until 2006 as an Independent.[2]

Governor of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (2005-2006)

On 13 March 2005, Khalil was appointed as the 25th Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by then-President Pervez Musharraf when Lt-Gen. Iftikhar Hussain tendered his resignation.[7]

However, his tenureship was cut short when President Musharraf decided to replace him with his loyal officer, Lt-Gen. Ali Jan Aurakzai.[3] It was reportedly widely that Khalil had found it difficult to run province with an increasingly assertive military and 80,000 troops in the tribal region[3] On 23 May 2006, Khalil was eventually replaced by Lt-Gen. Ali Jan Aurakzai and retired from the politics.[3]

See also


  1. The Gazette of Pakistan. 1978. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7, staff reporters (13 March 2005). "Khalil made new NWFP governor: Iftikhar's resignation accepted" (htm). DAWN.COM. Islamabad: Dawn Newspapers. Dawn Newspapers. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Khan, Ismail (22 May 2006). "NWFP Governor Khalil being replaced" (html). DAWN.COM. Peshawar: Dawn Newspaper, 2006. Dawn Newspaper. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  4. "An uphill task". Dawn.
  5. 1 2 3 Anwar, Cdre. Dr Muhammad (2006). "§Early Years in the Pakistan Navy". Stolen Stripes and Broken Medals: Autobiography of a Senior Naval Officer (googlebooks) (1st ed.). London, UK: Author House. p. 2000. ISBN 9781467010566. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  6. Pakistan Pictorial. Pakistan Publications. 2001. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  7. "Commander Khalilur Rehman appointed new Governor NWFP". Paktribune. Paktribune. Paktribune. 12 March 2005. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Iftikhar Hussain Shah
Governor of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
2005 2006
Succeeded by
Ali Jan Aurakzai
Preceded by
1999 Pakistani coup d'état
Deputy Chairman of the Senate
Succeeded by
Jan Mohammad Jamali
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