Khan Bahadur Sahibzada Sir Abdul Qayyum Khan


Khan Bahadur Sahibzada Sir Abdul Qayyum Khan born in 1863, hailing from Topi,  Swabi District, British India, was a distinguished educationist and politician from a notable family. He is perhaps best known for establishing Islamia College, Peshawar on the mould of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan's policy of educating Muslims.

Sahibzada Sahib started his career as a civil servant but he eventually turned into a great educationist and respected politician.

In 1887, Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum was appointed Naib Tehsildar and subsequently held several administrative portfolios i.e. Tehsildar, Chief Political Agent of Hazara, Revenue Assistant and Treasury Officer, Extra Assistant Commissioner, Superintendent of the Commissioner's Vernacular Office, Assistant Political Agent Khyber, 'Assistant Political Agent' of Chitral, and then of Khyber Agency and then promoted to Assistant Political Agent of Khyber, FATA, during the period from 1891 to 1919. The Political Agents were Sir Robert Warburton until 1897, and subsequently Sir George Roos-Keppel, until 1908.

In the year 1893 during rule of Amir Abdur Rahman Khan of Afghanistan a Royal Commission for setting up of Boundary the Durand line between Afghanistan and the British Governed India was set up to negotiate terms with the British, for the Agreeing to the Durand line, and the two parties camped at Parachinar, now part of FATA Pakistan, which is near Khost Afghanistan.

Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum became the first Chief Minister of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in 1937. But after a few months Dr. Khan Sahib of the Congress Party became the Chief Minister after Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum lost a vote of no confidence. He was however instrumental in the formation of the Frontier branch of the Muslim League.

Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum died on December 3, 1937.

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