Wajahat Habibullah

Wajahat Habibullah

Wajahat Habibullah

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Wajahat Habibullah is Ex Chief Information Commissioner of the Government of India since October 26, 2005. He was an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) from 1968 until his retirement in August 2005. Before his retirement and his subsequent appointment by the President as the Chief Information Commissioner, he was Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Panchayati Raj (Local Government). He has been appointed as new head of minorities commission.

He was divisional commissioner of nine districts in the state of Jammu and Kashmir between 1991 and 1993, which was abruptly terminated by a near fatal road accident, while negotiating with militants occupying the Hazratbal shrine in Kashmir. He resigns on October 20, 2009, from the post of Chief Information Commissioner to take up his new assignment as Right to Information watchdog in Jammu and Kashmir.

He also serves on the International Advisory Council of the Brookings Doha Center.


Wajahat Habibullah was born on 30th September 1945. He is the son of Enaith Habibullah, DSO(Founder of NDA, Kharakwasla). His father was a highly decorated soldier(won DSO in Africa campaign as part of 16th cavalry--premier tank regiment) and one of the senior muslim officers who chose India instead of Pakistan. His grandfather was the fifth Vice Chancellor of Lucknow University. He did his Senior Cambridge from Doon School Dehra Dun, Uttarakhand, India, in 1961; Bachelor of Arts...
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