Ghulam Mustafa Khar has remained a prominent figure in Pakistani politics, a close ally of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and later became ‘Minister for Water and Power’. He first obtained election to the National Assembly of Pakistan in 1962 when he was hardly 24 years old. Initially a member of the Muslim League, in 1967 Khar became a founding member of the Pakistan People's party (PPP) led by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. After Bhutto became president in 1971, Khar was made ‘Governor of Punjab province’ in 1971, ‘Chief Minister’ of the province in 1974, and ‘Governor’ again in 1975. He clashed with Bhutto over nationalization and land reforms and was expelled from the PPP in 1975. He rejoined the party in 1977 and was special assistant to Bhutto when he was toppled by the military that year. Ghulam Mustafa Khar then went into exile for 11 years. When he returned in 1988, he was jailed for two and a half years. Nevertheless, he won elections to the National Assembly from jail in 1988. In 1990, Khar was appointed as ‘Federal Minister for Water and Power.