Dr Saad S. Khan is an officer of Pakistan Administrative Service (P.A.S) and is a widely-published writer and analyst on Islam, democracy, rule of law and Politics. His academic interests also extend, but are not limited, to Public Policy, Security and Defense Studies and City & Urban Planning. Dr Khan has vast teaching experience and has taught full semester courses at many Universities including the GIK Institute (Swabi), International Islamic University, Allama Iqbal Open University, Sir Syed Center for Advance Research and Air University.
As a civil servant, Dr Khan has extensive experience at all three tiers of Government hierarchy including the Federal Government of Pakistan, the provincial Governments of Punjab, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan. As Secretary to the Government, he has headed six provincial level departments being Secretary, Services & General Admin Dept (S&GAD); Secretary, Planning & Development (P&D), Secretary Information Dept and Secretary, Health Dept, among others. He also remained Managing Director & CEO of Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP), Additional Secretary (Education Dept) Punjab, Director Intelligence (Govt. of Balochistan and Deputy Commandant, Balochistan Levies Force.
He has, to his credit the authorship of Reasserting International Islam published by the Oxford University Press (2000) and Friends Indeed: Review & Reference on Pakistan OIC Relations published by the National Commission for Historical and Cultural Research (2004). He is also contributing author of the multi-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics as well as contributor to the prestigious Oxford Bibliography Online. In addition, his forthcoming books include Life & Times of Begum Ruttie Maryam Jinnah and Coffee Table Book on the Civil Service of Pakistan. He has contributed extensively to research journals and has remained Section Editor of Cambridge Review of International Affairs. He has an impressive list of research journals publications to his credit including in Quarterly Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Qtly Muslim and Arab Perspectives and Journal of National Development & Security. Hisop ed columns have appeared in numerous leading papers worldwide including in Pakistan, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Turkeyand in the Diplomatic Traffic (Washington DC, USA) and some have been translated into French, Turkish, Bengali and other languages.
He has appeared as Guest Speaker abroad at University of Karachi, University of Peshawar, University of Dhaka, Cairo University, Jamia Millia University New Delhi and Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA among many other forums and conferences in Italy, Belgium, UK, Sri Lanka and elsewhere. Within Pakistan, he has appeared as Guest Speaker at Naval War College, Lahore; Frontier Corps Training Center, Loralai; Civil Services Academy, Lahore; University of Karachi, University of Peshawar, Sind University, Jamshoro, Bahauddin Zakaria University, Multan, Iqbal Academy and countless other forums.
Dr Khan is a hobby collector and promoter of Marching Bands and is Chairman of Cosmopolitan Alliance of Drummers and Pipers also called Bandazia—a forum to promote Army Bands, Police Bands and School/College Marching Bands. Bandazia holds bands competition, runs a website/database of Bands www.marchingbands.band and recognizes outstanding bands. He is also Fellow of Royal Edinburgh Military Bands Tattoo and is National Representative of International Military Music Society in Pakistan.
Dr Khan holds many awards honors including Sicahin War Medal, Armed Forces Mountaineering Badge, Governor of Punjab Academic Distinction Shield, Bolan Award for Culture (Military Music) , 7th Gulf Award for Outstanding Pakistanis (Research & Writing) and his name has recently been recommended for Sitata e Imtiaz too.