Mushahidullah Khan, a senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), has died on Feb 18 in Islamabad at the age of 68 after prolonged illness.
In 1951, he was born in Rawalpindi and he received his early education from the same city. While he moved to Karachi for higher education and completed his LLB from Urdu Law College, University of Karachi in 1997.
He had joined the Nawaz Sharif-led party in 1990. He was appointed as the administrator of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation in 1998 for one year. He was first elected as a senator in 2009. Then, he was reelected as a member of the senate in 2015. Then he sworn in as a federal minister in the cabinet of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and was appointed as the chairman of Benazir Income Support Programme in 2015, which he refused to accept, henceforth he was made the minister for climate change. In Aug 2015, Mushahidullah was forced to resign. He had served as member of different committees of the Senate, which included committees on national security, aviation and Kashmir.
The veteran politician had served as PML’s chief coordinator, secretary information and, before his death, vice president. He was once again elected as member of the Senate of Pakistan in 2018.
After Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was elected as the PM in 2017, Mushahidullah Khan was reappointed as the minister for climate change and continued on this position until the PML-N government expired on May 31, 2018.