Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Interim Prime Minister of Pakistan (since Aug 1, 2017)
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (born 27 December 1958) is a Pakistani politician who is the interim Prime Minister-designate of Pakistan. A member of Pakistan Muslim League (N), Abbasi previously served as the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources in the third Sharif’s ministry from 2013 to 2017 and briefly held the cabinet portfolio of Minister for Commerce in the Gillani ministry in 2008.
Abbasi has been an elected Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since 1988, representing Rawalpindi. He is the owner of Airblue; and previously served as Chairman of Pakistan International Airlines from 1997 to 1999 during the second Sharif’s ministry.
Abbasi is an engineer by profession. After graduating from the George Washington University, Abbasi worked as professional engineer in 1980s for the various projects in the United States before moving to Saudi Arabia to perform engineering works for various energy projects in Saudi oil industry.
In 2003, Abbasi founded Airblue Limited where he served as its first chairman until 2007. Later he became chief operating officer of the airline. Reportedly, Abbasi is the owner of the airline but he denies it saying that he had no shareholding in Airblue Limited and had not visited its office for over two years.
Abbasi is married and has three sons. His surname Abbasi is also the name of his clan, which is predominant in northern Punjab.
Abbasi’s only brother, Zahid Abbasi, was injured in Ojhri Camp incident after which he went into coma and died in 2005 after remaining bedridden for 17 years.
Abbasi’s sister Sadia Abbasi had been a member of the Senate of Pakistan.
Abbasi’s father-in-law, General Muhammad Riaz Abbasi was the Director General of Inter Services Intelligence from 1977 to 1979.