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Wikipedia: Shah Mehmood Qureshi

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Shah Mehmood Qureshi
شاه محمود قریشی
Shah Mehmood Qureshi

Foreign Minister of Pakistan
In office
March 31, 2008 – Incumbent
Preceded by Inam-ul-Haq

Born June 22, 1956(1956-06-22)
Muree, Pakistan
Political party Pakistan Peoples Party
Children Meher Bano and Gauhar Bano Qureshi
Alma mater Aitchison College, Forman Christian College, University of Cambridge
Religion Islam

Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi (Urdu: مخدوم شاه محمود قریشی ) (born June 22, 1956 in Murree) is the current Foreign Minister of Pakistan in the coalition government of PPP, PML-N, ANP and JUI-F formed after 2008 elections.[1]. He is a senior leader of Pakistan Peoples Party, where he is the president of PPP Punjab.[2]


Childhood and Early Education

Qureshi belongs to a well respected and wealthy feudal family based in the Saraiki-speaking belt of Multan. He is the son of Makhdoom Sajjad Hussain Qureshi, the former Governor of Punjab during PM Junejo’s federal government from 1985-1988.

Qureshi got his early education from Aitchison College, Lahore and did his bachelors from FC college, Lahore. He went on to do a Master’s degree in law from the University of Cambridge.

Political Career

Qureshi has been elected to the national assembly on many occasions. It was only in 1997 when he lost to his fierce rival Javed Hashmi, while he defeated Hashmi in 2002 and 2008. [3] Being a minister under the Benazir government, he maintained a very clean record. He is a dynamic leader with extensive following among the young.

Following the February 2008 elections, Qureshi was also a candidate to be the next Prime Minister of Pakistan, until Yousaf Raza Gillani was sworn in on March 25.[4] On March 31, 2008, Qureshi became the Foriegn Minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani.

Qureshi has spoken outright about several key issues in Pakistani politics such as military dictatorship and the role of feudalism. [5]

Minister of Foreign Affairs (2008 – Present)

After taking charge of the office, Qureshi immediately made clear that he was committed to establishing peace in the region and that maintaining friendly ties with neighbouring India were amongst his top priorities. [6] Qureshi recently went on his first visit as foreign minister to China with Ch Ahmed Mukhtar and President Pervez Musharraf. On his arrival back, he was given praise for his work.

See also

  • Makhdoom


  1. ^ Amir Wasim, “Parties finally clinch deal on key ministries” Dawn Newspaper, March 29, 2008
  2. ^ ‘Qureshi to revive PPP popularity in south Punjab’ Daily Times, November 12, 2006
  3. ^ ‘Shah Mehmood Qureshi resigns to contest October elections’ Daily Times, August 18, 2002
  4. ^ Zardari to be prime minister in three months? The News
  5. ^ Feudal shadow over Pakistan elections BBC News, February 12, 2008
  6. ^ Qureshi for friendly ties with India Hindustan Times, April 02, 2008

External links

  • Profile of Shah Mehmood Qureshi
Political offices
Preceded by
Foreign Minister of Pakistan
31 March 2008 – present
Succeeded by
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