Shahryar Khan in London (1960)

Shahryar Khan in London (1960)
This photo, likely taken at a Pakistan High Commission event in London in 1960, shows Mr Shahryar Khan (left) as a dashing young Second Secretary.

At the front are Mrs Ruhafza Hyder (left) and Begum Khaliq (right). The husbands of both ladies were senior officers at the Mission, headed then by High Commissioner Gen M Yousuf. The gentleman on the right is possibly Mr Zia Mohyeddin, who studied drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London.

Mr Shahryar Khan's stellar career started in London, after his Tripos at Cambridge and achieving 100 percent marks in his Pakistan Foreign Service interview. He returned to Britain as Minister-Counsellor in the 1970s, and in the 1980s as the most successful of our High Commissioners to the UK since the Sandhurst-educated Gen Yousuf.

Mr Shahryar Khan gave up the principality of Bhopal in India to migrate to Pakistan with his mother Princess Abida Sultaan. His grandfather, the Aligarh-educated Nawab Hamidullah Khan, was very close to Mr Jinnah.
– Rehana Hyder