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 Energy
Assumed office
4 August 2017
President Mamnoon Hussain
Preceded by Himself (as minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources)
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 (as minister of 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 the 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 Parliament
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
Assumed office
June 2013
Constituency NA-50 (Rawalpindi)
Majority 80,692
In office
2008–2013
Constituency NA-50 (Rawalpindi)
Majority 99,987
In office
1997–1999
Constituency NA-50 (Rawalpindi)
Majority 65,194 (58.5%)
In office
1993–1996
Constituency NA-50 (Rawalpindi)
Majority 76,596
In office
1990–1993
Constituency NA-50 (Rawalpindi)
Majority 80,305 (58.9%)
In office
1988–1990
Constituency NA-50 (Rawalpindi)
Majority 47,295 (34.3%)
Personal details
Born (1958-12-27) 27 December 1958 (age 58)
Karachi, Pakistan
Political party Pakistan Muslim League (N)
Relatives Khaqan Abbasi (Father)
Sadia Abbasi (Sister)
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles
George Washington University
Website Government website

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi ( Urdu: شاہد خاقان عباسی‎; born 27 December 1958) is a Pakistani politician who has served as 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 of the National Assembly 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.

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

Early life and education

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

Abbasi was educated in Karachi before enrolling at the Lawrence College in Murree. [5] [7] [10] In 1978, Abbasi attended the University of California, Los Angeles, to study electrical engineering [11] from where he attained his bachelor’s degree [4] [2] and began his career as an electrical engineer. [7] In 1985, he attended the George Washington University, and gained a master's degree in electrical engineering. [5] [2] [7] [12] [13]

After graduating from George Washington, Abbasi became a profession electrical engineer. [14] He worked in the United States during the 1980s, before moving to Saudi Arabia [2] [6] [15] where he joined the oil and gas industry and became involved in energy projects. [4] [7] [5]

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