Executive Director's Profile

Mr. Zafarullah Khan joined as the Executive Director of Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services on Friday, May 20th, 2016. He possesses a rich experience spread over three decades in the fields of journalism, parliamentary democracy, civic education, Constitutionalism, and human rights.

He has a diverse professional background and served as Executive Director, Centre for Civic Education, Pakistan, (2004-2016); Correspondent Pakistan, Civil Society Yearbook prepared by the Centre for Civil Society, London School of Economics (2000-2006); Lead trainer Political Party Development Program, National Democratic Institute (NDI) (2004-2009); Moderator, International Academy for Leadership, Germany (October 2004- 2006) and Project Coordinator, Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung Pakistan (2000-2004) where he worked in areas of civic education, democratic training, communication skills and human rights.  He has worked as Communication consultant with (LEAD-Pakistan). Rockefeller Foundation funded project (1998- 99); Editor, State of Media and Press Freedom Report, Pakistan 1995- 2001. He has also been Bureau Chief of daily The Frontier Post (1991-96).

Mr Zafarullah Khan was awarded M.Sc. Media and Communications from London School of Economics & Political Science, the United Kingdom (1999-2000) where his areas of specialization included political communication, media for effective citizenship and cyber sociology. He also did M.Phil. in 1989-91 and M Sc in Pakistan Studies in 1987-89 from Pakistan’s leading social sciences seat - Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad (1989-91). He has done his Graduation from the Government College, Lahore (1984-1986) with Political Science and History.

He also served as Editor (Honorary), Citizens Wire (www.citizenswire.com): a web-based features agency on democracy, constitution and public policy issues. He is also Commentator, analyst/freelance contributor for the broadcast and leading print media. He has been an Anchorperson, with Pakistan Television's live current affairs breakfast show from December 2000-August 2002. He also reported the activities/policies of the Prime Minister and Parliament.

He has authored numerous publications on federalism, civic education, parliamentary democracy and Constitution. The Senate of Pakistan recently published his book, “Consistent Parliamentary Cord – Fundamental Rights of Citizens of Pakistan,” and a special publication on the Constitution Day on April 12, 2016. Mr Zarafullah Khan has also contributed chapters in various books, which include the following:

  1. Future of Pakistani Federation: A case study of the Council of Common Interests, in Faiz, A. (2015), Making Federation Work, Karachi, Oxford
  2. Cyberia: A new war zone,  in Yusuf, M. (2014), Pakistan's Counter Terrorism Challenge, Washington DC, George Town University Press
  3. Constitutional Reforms in Pakistan: federalism after the 18th Amendment, in Hegemer, C. & Buhler, H (ed). (2013), Federalism in Asia and Beyond: Models, Best Practices and New Challenges, Munich, Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung

Mr Zafarullah Khan is a distinguished figure in the civil society of the country who has won important Awards & Honors that include a Roll of Honor (Debating), Government College Lahore (1986); Best Debater, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad (1988), British Chevening Scholarship (1999-2000), International Visitors Program (USA) (1996) to cover the Presidential Election-1996 and Green Journalist Award-2001, Ministry of Environment, Government of Pakistan.