PAKISTAN POLITICS: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Biography

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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Biography: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was born on December 27, 1958 in Karachi. People who know Abbasi, including businessmen who have dealt with him, say he is highly intelligent and has a sharp sense of humor.

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PAKISTAN POLITICS: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Biography

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was born on December 27, 1958 in Karachi. With Nawaz Sharif disqualified from holding the office of Prime Minister, Pakistan’s National Assembly elected Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as its new premier ahead of the country’s Independence Day celebrations on August 14. PML-N had nominated Abbasi as its candidate to succeed Nawaz Sharif, who will vacate the position for Sharif’s brother Shahbaz Sharif after the Punjab Chief Minister is elected to the National Assembly. Abbasi was serving as Pakistan’s Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources before the Pakistan Supreme Court disqualified Sharif on July 28.

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Born on December 27, 1958 in Karachi, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is a steadfast ally of three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Mr. Abbasi was named interim prime minister last week after the Supreme Court disqualified Mr. Sharif from office and he was forced to resign.

Mr. Abbasi has gone to prison for his political patron. He spent two years behind bars after a 1999 coup, in which Mr. Sharif was overthrown by Gen. Pervez Musharraf. Mr. Abbasi at the time was pressured by the military to testify against Mr. Sharif, but he refused and was jailed. He was later acquitted.

That loyalty to Mr. Sharif was later repaid with a high-profile cabinet position when the ousted leader returned to power in 2013. It is assumed that Mr. Abbasi is holding the office until Mr. Sharif’s brother Shehbaz Sharif, the chief minister of Punjab Province, wins a seat in Parliament in a coming by-election and can become prime minister.

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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is a member of the governing party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. He has been elected to Parliament six times, losing an election only once.

Representing a constituency in Rawalpindi, in Punjab Province, Mr. Abbasi entered politics in 1988, when he ran for and won the seat vacated upon his father’s death.

After losing his first and only election in 2002, Mr. Abbasi founded Airblue Limited, a budget carrier. After being elected to Parliament in 2008, he was named commerce minister, and he was appointed minister of petroleum and natural resources in 2013. He held that position until last week, when Mr. Sharif’s cabinet was disbanded by the Supreme Court.

Mr. Abbasi comes from a wealthy and well-connected political family. His father was a member of Parliament and a commodore in the Pakistani Air Force. His father-in-law was director general of the powerful military intelligence agency, the Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence.

An electrical engineer by training, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s from George Washington University in Washington.

People who know him, including businessmen who have dealt with him, say he is highly intelligent and has a sharp sense of humor. In addition to his holdings in Airblue, he is said to own property in his hometown, Muree, and a restaurant business, making him one of Parliament’s richest members, according to the local news media.

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