Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
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Prime Minister of Pakistan
Assumed office
1 August 2017
President Mamnoon Hussain
Preceded by Nawaz Sharif
Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources
In office
7 June 2013 – 28 July 2017
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Preceded by Asim Hussain
Succeeded by Himself ( Energy)
Minister for Commerce
In office
31 March 2008 – 13 May 2008
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani
Preceded by Humayun Akhtar Khan
Succeeded by Ameen Faheem
Chair of Pakistan International Airlines
In office
27 December 1997 – 12 October 1999
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Preceded by Farooq Umar
Succeeded by Ahmad Saeed
Member of the National Assembly
for Constituency NA-50
Assumed office
2008
Preceded by Ghulam Murtaza Satti
Majority 2008: 99,987 (48%)
2013: 134,439 (54%)
Member of the National Assembly
for Constituency NA-36
In office
1988–2002
Preceded by Khaqan Abbasi
Succeeded by Ghulam Murtaza Satti
Majority 1988: 47,295 (34%)
1990: 80,305 (59%)
1993: 76,596 (56%)
1997: 65,194 (58%)
Personal details
Born (1958-12-27) 27 December 1958 (age 58)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Political party Pakistan Muslim League (N)
Other political
affiliations
Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (1988–1990)
Children 3
Father Khaqan Abbasi
Relatives Sadia Abbasi (Sister)
Alma mater Lawrence College
University of California, Los Angeles
George Washington University
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Website Government website

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi ( Urdu: شاہد خاقان عباسی‎; born 27 December 1958) is a Pakistani politician who has been the Prime Minister of Pakistan since August 2017. A member of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N), he has been a Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since 2008 and previously had been a member from 1988 to 1999.

Born in 1958 in Karachi to Khaqan Abbasi, Abbasi was educated at Lawrence College, Murree. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, before obtaining a master's degree from George Washington University. Prior to entering politics, he worked as a professional engineer in various projects in the United States and in the Middle East.

Abbasi started his political career after the death of his father in 1988, and since then he has been elected a Member of the National Assembly six times for Constituency NA-50 (Rawalpindi). After the PML-N victory in the 1997 general election, he served as Chairman of Pakistan International Airlines until the 1999 Pakistani coup d'état. After the formation of a coalition government following the 2008 general election, he was briefly the Minister for Commerce in the Gillani ministry. After the 2013 general election, he became the Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources in the third Sharif ministry, where he served from 2013 until the disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after the Panama Papers case decision in July 2017. In August 2017, he took the office of Prime Minister.

Early life and education

Abbasi was born on 27 December 1958 [1] [2] [3] [4] in Karachi, Sindh, to Khaqan Abbasi. [5] [6] [7] According to some Pakistani daily newspapers, he was born in his hometown of Murree in Rawalpindi District, Punjab. [4] [8] [9]

Abbasi was educated in Karachi before enrolling at Lawrence College in Murree. [6] [7] [10] In 1978, he attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. [3] [5] [11] Following this, he began a career as an electrical engineer. [7] In 1985, he attended George Washington University, where he gained a master's degree in Electrical Engineering. [3] [6] [7] [12]

After graduating from George Washington University, Abbasi became a professional electrical engineer. [13] He worked in the United States during the 1980s before moving to Saudi Arabia, [3] [14] [15] where he worked on energy projects in the oil and gas industry. [5] [6] [7]

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