The Prime Minister
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi 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 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.
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 and appointed himself as the first Minister for Energy of Pakistan.
Early life and education
Abbasi was born on 27 December 1958 in Karachi, Pakistan, to Khaqan Abbasi. According to DAWN, he was born in his hometown of Murree in Rawalpindi District, Punjab.
Abbasi was educated in Karachi before enrolling at Lawrence College in Murree In 1978, he attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering.Following this, he began a career as an electrical engineer. In 1985, he attended George Washington University, where he gained a master's degree in Electrical Engineering.
After graduating from George Washington University, Abbasi became a professional electrical engineer. He worked in the United States during the 1980s before moving to Saudi Arabia,[ where he worked on energy projects in the oil and gas industry.