Since his entry into the Pakistani Civil Services in 1949, Khan has held a number of positions, including those of Chief Secretary Sindh, Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Managing Director of PTV, Information Secretary of Pakistan, Secretary Ministry of Labour, Secretary Ministry of Tourism, Interior Secretary of Pakistan, Secretary General Ministry of Interior, Federal Minister of Accountability, and Advisor to the Pakistani Prime Minister and President.Khan was born in a small village of Mardan, North-West Frontier Province, British India, to an ethnic Pashtun family of the Yusufzai tribe.
In 1939, he graduated from local high school and went to attend Forman Christian College and gained BA in English Literature in 1942. The atmosphere, in the College was liberal, tolerant and progressive.
Respecting his father's wishes, Khan attended the Aligarh Muslim University and gained MA in English history in 1946.
Upon his return to Mardan, Khan taught history at Islamia College, Peshawar and opted for Pakistani citizenship in 1947.
He turned 100 on September 28, 2023.
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