Veteran civil servant, Roedad Khan, passes away at 100

In Local
April 22, 2024



ISLAMABAD:

The country bid farewell to one of the pioneering civil servants, Roedad Khan, who breathed his last on Sunday in Islamabad at the age of 100.

Known for his keen insights into the nation’s tumultuous history and politics, Khan’s demise marks the end of an era. He was laid to rest at the H-11 graveyard in Islamabad on Sunday.

Paying homage to Khan’s legacy, senior politician Mushahid Hussain Syed hailed him as a “national icon and legend” in a post on X.

Syed highlighted Khan’s unwavering commitment to Pakistan, his extensive literary contributions, and his advocacy for human rights.

“Truly a unique, multifaceted personality of our times! He will be missed by his countless admirers!” Syed remarked.

Born on September 28, 1923, in Mardan, Khan pursued his Master’s degree at Aligarh Muslim University in 1946.

He entered the Pakistan Civil Service in 1949, embarking on a distinguished career that saw him occupy numerous prestigious roles. He served as chief secretary of Sindh, chief secretary of K-P, and managing director of Pakistan Television, among other notable positions.

He served under five presidents and three prime ministers, notably as secretary of information during General Yahya Khan’s tenure in 1971. Additionally, he held key roles in ministries such as information, labour, tourism, and interior, contributing significantly to the nation’s governance structure.

With a career spanning decades, Khan’s tenure witnessed significant political shifts, as he worked alongside five presidents and three former prime ministers, offering unique insights into Pakistan’s evolving political landscape.

Last year, Khan celebrated his centennial birthday on September 28, 2023.

A man with purpose and a mission, he embarked on a second career after retirement, becoming a civil society activist, writer, and historian. He spearheaded environmental protection efforts in Pakistan as the founder of the Margalla Hills Society, personally developing the picturesque walking trails of Islamabad.

A dedicated scholar of history, Khan meticulously researched and authored books, including the acclaimed “American Papers” and “British Papers.” His autobiography was published in 1997, shedding light on his remarkable journey.

An inspirational figure, Khan fearlessly advocated for human rights, democracy, and civil liberties. His unwavering courage and commitment to maintaining relationships, even in the face of personal risk.
 

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