Ghulam Mustafa Khar

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Ghulam Mustafa Khar was born in the family of Kharrals in Kot Addu, a village of Muzaffar-garh, district of the Punjab on August 2, 1937. His father, Mohammad Yar Khar, one of the largest landowners of the district, was granted the title of Khan Sahib by the British crown. Ghulam Mustafa Khar was educated at Aitchison College Lahore. Like his father he was not only a prestigious feudal lord but also an absolute ruler of his vassals. The property and land of his father became the main source of his politics, power and prominence. His political career started while he was 24. He was elected to the National Assembly in 1962 and subsequently in 1965 from the platform of Muslim League.

In 1967 he fell under the charismatic spell of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who was also impressed with his potential and began to love him like his own son. Khar came to be his protégé; he left his own residence and lived for some years with Bhutto at his residence at 70 Clifton in Karachi in order to learn a plethora of political tactics, twists and turns. By and by he became a close and confident ally of Bhutto, and one of the founding members of the Pakistan Peoples Party. Before the fall of Dacca, he achieved a massive victory in elections and in 1971 when Bhutto replaced General Yahya as Chief Martial Law Administrator of Pakistan, Khar was appointed Governor and Martial Law Administrator of the Punjab. When 1973 constitution was adopted and Bhutto became Prime Minister of Pakistan, Ghulam Mustafa Khar was given the portfolio of the Chief Minister of the Punjab.

As an administrator Mustafa Khar was famous for his tactics and trickeries. He was, indeed, a true protégé of Bhutto and in a prolific manner used the party slogan: “The fountainhead of power is the people of Pakistan”. Once the police force went on strike and the state of law and order seemed to be at stake. But he sharply and shrewdly handled the situation. He declared the action a mutiny and appealed to the people to offer their services to manage

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