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Muhammad Safdar

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Preceded by  Zulfiqar Ali Khosa
Name  Muhammad Safdar
Succeeded by  Khalid Maqbool

Profession  Soldier, Lt Gen
Nationality  Pakistani
Spouse  Maryam Nawaz
Service/branch  Pakistan Army
Muhammad Safdar National Assembly of Pakistan

President  General Pervez Musharraf
Alma mater  Military College Jhelum
Battles and wars  Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Similar People  Maryam Nawaz, Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif, Nawaz Sharif, Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif

Education  Military College Jhelum
Chief Minister of Punjab (Pakistan)  Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi
Political party  Independent politician


Lt. General Muhammad Safdar (Urdu: محمد صفدر‎) is the former Governor of Punjab, the largest province of Pakistan, having served from 1999 to 2001.


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Army career

Muhammad Safdar National Assembly of Pakistan

Muhammad Safdar belongs to Pakistan, Chakwal and is a graduate of Military College Jhelum. Later he joined Pakistan Army. During his military career, Safdar commanded an infantry brigade and the 7th Infantry Division, Peshawar, served as commandant of the Command and Staff College, Quetta from 1982 to 1985 and then reached his professional peak as Chief of General Staff (CGS) in the GHQ having served there from 1986 to 1988. His last military appointment was commandant of the National Defence College from 1988 to 1989. Safdar retired from active service in July 1989.

Political career

he was ambassador to Morocco, vice-chancellor of the Punjab University and then Governor of Punjab. The general stayed as the governor of Punjab till 29 October 2001 when he was replaced by Lahore corps commander Lt Gen Khalid Maqbool.


Brigadier (r) Shaukat Qadir, a political and defence analyst, had this to say about command attributes of Safdar, "In the course of my career I came across very few inspiring senior officers; most noteworthy among them was Havaldar Safdar, who later became VC Punjab University and, very briefly, Governor Punjab, and whose extraordinary dynamism in peace inspired one to believe that he would be a success in war."

Brigadier (r) Raja Azizur Rehman, a close friend and colleague of the governor, said this about the new governor when he was appointed in 1999, "he is consistent, professionally very sound, cool and calm. Has immense capacity for work and excels in shifting the essentials. He is soft-spoken and likes to listen, He carries a very happy team. He is very clear about his objectives and leaves no stone unturned to achieve that." The general is reputed to be well versed in the art of getting things done.


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