Mahmood Khan is a Pakistani politician who is the current Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in office since 17 August 2018. He has been a member of the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since 13 August 2018
Previously he was a Member of the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, from May 2013 to May 2018. During his first tenure as member of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, he served as Provincial Minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the provincial cabinet of Chief Minister Pervez Khattak between 2013 and 2018 with various portfolios.
Early life & Education
He was born on 30 October 1972 in Matta, Swat.
He received his early education from Government Primary School Matta and completed his high school education from Peshawar Public School and College.
He has a degree of Master of Science (Hons) in Agriculture which he obtained from the University of Peshawar. According to some sources, he obtained his masters degree from the Agricultural University Peshawar..
According to The Express Tribune and Dawn, Khan was elected as Union Council Nazim of Kharerai, Matta Tehsil in 2005. According to another report by Dawn, he was elected to the same office in 2008 and according to another report by The Express Tribune, he served as Union Council Nazim of Kharerai from 2007 to 2012.
Khan quit Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in 2012.
He was elected to the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as a candidate of PTI from Constituency PK-84 Swat-V in Pakistani general election, 2013. He received 11,071 votes and defeated a candidate of Awami National Party. In June 2013, he was inducted into the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial cabinet of Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and was appointed as Provincial Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Sports, Culture, Tourism and Museums
He was re-elected to the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as a candidate of PTI from Constituency PK-9 (Swat-VIII) in Pakistani general election, 2018. He received 25,630 votes and defeated Muhammad Ayub Khan, a candidate of Awami National Party (ANP). PTI acquired a two-third majority during the general election in the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Following Khan's successful election, Pervez Khattak recommended his name for the office of the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In August 2018, PTI formally nominated him for the same office.
Reportedly, Imran Khan preferred to select Atif Khan for the office of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Ministership however had to select Khan due to the strong reservations by Pervez Khattak over the latter's selection. It was noted that his appointment as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister was political and not on merit, and that a tussle between Atif Khan and Pervez Khattak paved his way to become PTI candidate for the slot of Chief Minister. Khan became the first person from Malakand Division to be nominated for the position of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister. It was noted Khan does not have good track record in politics and administration, and that his performance as provincial minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa remained average in the previous government. Khan was dubbed as dummy Chief Minister of Pervez Khattak. Khan denied the notion saying that he had not been “planted” by anyone.
On 16 August 2018, he was elected Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He received 77 votes against his opponent Mian Nisar Gul who secured 33 votes. The next day, he sworn in as Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.