Ahsan Iqbal

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Ahsan Iqbal
Urdu: احسن اقبال چودھری
Ahsan Iqbal Pakistan Politician.jpg
Member National Assembly of Pakistan from Narowal
Assumed office
18 February 2009
Preceded by Riffat Javed Kahloon
Member National Assembly of Pakistan from Narowal
In office
6 October 1993 – 12 October 1999
Preceded by Shafaat A. Khan
Succeeded by Riffat Javed Kahloon
Minister for Education (Pakistan)
In office
1 April 2009 – 11 September 2009
Preceded by Javed Ashraf Qazi
Succeeded by Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani
Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission (Pakistan)
In office
13 August 1998 – 12 October 1999
Preceded by Hafeez A. Pasha
Succeeded by Dr. Shahid Amjad Chaudhry
Deputy Secretary General PML-N
Assumed office
27 July 2011
Preceded by Position Established
Information Secretary, PML-N
In office
2 August 2006 – 27 July 2011
Preceded by Mushahidullah Khan
Succeeded by Mushahidullah Khan
Chairman Manifesto Committee, PML-N
In office
1 January 2002 – 1 January 2010
Preceded by Sartaj Aziz
Succeeded by Sartaj Aziz
Personal details
Born (1958-09-28) 28 September 1958 (age 55)
Lahore, PakistanFlag of Pakistan.svg
Political party PML-N
Alma mater UET Lahore, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Religion Islam
Website www.pmln.org.pk

Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary (Urdu: احسن اقبال چودھری‎) (born September 28, 1958) is a Pakistani politician. Ahsan Iqbal is a member of National Assembly and Federal Minister for Planning and Development and Deputy Chairman Planning Commission of Pakistan, he has also served as the Federal Education Minister of Pakistan.[1] He is the Deputy Secretary General of the center-right party PML-N, and also a member of the Central Executive Committee of the party. He was elected as an MNA from his constituency NA-117 (Narowal-III) for the fourth time in the May 2013 elections.[2] He served as a Federal Minister for Education in the coalition government of PPP, PML-N, ANP and JUI-F formed after 2008 elections,[3] but later resigned when his party pulled out of the coalition on 12 May 2008.

Life and education[edit]

Ahsan Iqbal was born to Iqbal Ahmad Chaudhary and Apa Nisar Fatima. His mother, Apa Nisar Fatima, was a Member of the National Assembly on reserved seats for women (1985–1988) and daughter of Chaudhry Abdul Rehman Khan, a Member of the Legislative Assembly from Jalandhar, Punjab in India, before the independence of Pakistan.He attended Cantt Public School Karachi, PAF Public School, Sargodha and the Government College, Lahore. He then studied mechanical engineering at the UET Lahore (1976–1981), where he was elected President of the Students Union (1980–81). He worked briefly in the private sector with Millat Tractors (manufacturers of Massey Ferguson in Pakistan) before moving on to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for an MBA degree (1984–1986). He has also attended executive and mid career programs at universities including the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (1989), the University of Oxford (1992) and Harvard University (2004).

Political career[edit]

His political career started in 1980 when he was elected President of Students Union on the platform of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba in University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore. In 1988 he joined Pakistan Muslim League (a part of IJI then) later becoming Pakistan Muslim League (N), and rose to become its Information Secretary in 2006 during the regime of President Pervaiz Musharraf. He was elected for the first time as an MNA from NA-90 Narowal (now NA-117) in the general elections of 1993, and later re-elected from the same constituency in February 1997. He won his seat again in 2008 and 2013 securing 59% and 62% of the votes cast[4] but lost in 2002 [5][6][7] to Riffat Javed Kahloon. He was elected Deputy Secretary General of PML-N in the General Council meeting of PML-N on 27 July 2011. He won the National Assembly election from NA-117 Narowal III in the 2013 General Election defeating the folk singer Abrar ul Haq who was representing the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in the race.[8]

Appointments to executive posts[edit]

His appointments include Chief Coordinator / Minister of State, Pakistan 2010 Program (1997–99), Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission (Pakistan) (1998–99); Chairman, Good Governance Group, Government of Pakistan (1997–99); Chairman, Pakistan Engineering Board, and Chairman, National Steering Committees on Information Technology and TQM and Productivity (1998–99). He earlier served as Policy and Public Affairs Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan (1993). He served as Senior Advisor, Al-Madinah Al-Monawarah Digital Economy Project of the Madina Government, Saudi Arabia from September 2004 to April 2006. Ahsan Iqbal was a part of the turn around team of Ghee Corporation of Pakistan (appointed 1986) before it was privatized and served as the first Managing Director of the Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (1988–1990) before joining politics.

Election history[edit]

National Assembly of Pakistan NA-117 (Narowal-III), 2013[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PML (N) Ahsan Iqbal 95,481 61.7 3.2
PTI Abrar ul Haq 51,359 33.2 N/A
PPP Ch. Anwar-ul-Haq 3,118 2.0 N/A
National Assembly of Pakistan NA-117 (Narowal-III), 2008 [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PML (N) Ahsan Iqbal 66,633 58.5 25.2
PML (Q) Riffat Javed Kahloon 36,231 31.8 -17.1
PPP Ibne Saeed Ch. 10,604 9.3 N/A
National Assembly of Pakistan NA-117 (Narowal-III), 2002 [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PML (Q) Riffat Javed Kahloon 49,367 48.9 N/A
PML (N) Ahsan Iqbal 33,698 33.3 -34.4
PPP Ch. Anwar-ul-Haq 16,075 15.9 N/A
National Assembly of Pakistan NA-90 Narowal-I, 1997 [10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PML (N) Ahsan Iqbal 59,677 67.7 15.6
PML (J) Ch. Akhtar Ali Variyo 25,387 28.8 N/A
National Assembly of Pakistan NA-90 Narowal-I, 1993 [10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PML (N) Ahsan Iqbal 54,893 52.1 N/A
PPP Ch. Shafaat Ahmad Khan 38,941 37.0 N/A


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