Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah

Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah

Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah

Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah is a Retd Lt Gen, former KPK governor and former Turkish Ambassador. He worked as Army and Defense Attaché in India and Saudi Arabia and was also a part of Inter-Services Intelligence. He was a graduate of CSC, RMCS, and NDC. In 2000 he got retirement from Pak Army.

He took his last breath on 15th March 2020 due to cardiac arrest. This article has all the information about him, including Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah Biography.

Name:Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah
In Urdu:سید افتخار حسین شاہ
Famous As:Politician, Lieutenant General (R)
Profession:Army, Politics
Date:14th March 1949
Political Party:Pakistan Tehreek-i Insaf (PTI)
Serve As:former Lieutenant General of Pakistan Army, served as K-P governor from 2000-04 as well as Pakistan’s ambassador to Turkey.
Time Period :2000-04

Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah Biography

Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah Biography

He was known as a close friend of ex-army dictator General Retd Pervaiz Musharaf, in whose government he worked as Communication Minister and diplomat to Turkey. He was a highly educated and competent person and served at many significant posts in Army and political field also.

During his services, he completed many projects. In 2016 he became a member of PTI. He was a down to earth personality, and his departure would always be noticed as he interacted with the ordinary people by putting down his protocol.

Iftikhar Date of Birth

He was born on 14th March 1949.

Education of Iftikhar

He is an alumnus of RMCS (Royal Military College of Sciences) Shrivenham (United Kingdom), the CSC Quetta (Command & Staff College) and NDC (National Defense College).

Iftikhar Hussain Family

He was married and a father to three daughters.


Recruitment in Pak Army

He was recruited in Pakistan Army in 1964 in 30th PMA Pakistan Military Academy) Long-Course and joined the Artillery Regiment’s anti-aircraft division. He later attended the ‘Army Aviation School’ and graduated to become a pilot in the Pakistan Army.

Defence and Army Attaché

He served in India and Saudi Arabia where he worked as Army and Defense Attaché.

As an Instructor

He worked as an instructor at Air Force Staff College, PMA, and SAAD (School of Army Air Defense).

External Wing’s Deputy DG

In 1993, he worked as External Wing’s Deputy DG (Director General) in ISI under Lt Gen Javaid Ashraf.

Promotion to Rank of Lt Gen

Shah was promoted to Lt Gen rank in 1996 and held the post of DG Joint Staff in JS HQ and commanded AADC (Army Air Defense Command).

Retirement from Army

He got retirement from the Army in 2000 and was designated Communication Minister.

NWFP Governor

He later became NWFP Governor, a position at which he served for four and a half years.

Served as Ambassador

He served as an Ambassador to Turkey and also performed as a UN advisor in Pakistan. Afterward, he served as the MD of ZDA (Zulfiqarabad Development Authority).

Political Career

He joined Imran Khan’s political party PTI in 2016. Local media reported his decision of joining PTI.


Several projects, including Kohat Uni of Sci and Tech, Kohat Friendship Tunnel, Federal Education Acad., Colleges & Hospitals, and Secondary Education Board Kohat built during his term as Provincial Governor and, Minister.

Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah Death

He died on 15th March 2020 by heart failure.

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