Ahmad Mukhtar

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This article is about the Defence Minister of Pakistan. For the Iraqi musician, see Ahmed Mukhtar.
Ahmad Mukhtar
Defense.gov News Photo 101022-D-9880W-018 - Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates left holds a Pentagon meeting with Pakistani Defense Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar 2nd from right . Gates is.jpg
Ahmad (seated; in middle) talking to American officials.
Minister for Water and Power
In office
4 June 2012 – 16 March 2013
President Asif Ali Zardari
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani
Preceded by Naveed Qamar
Defence Minister of Pakistan
In office
31 March 2008 – 3 June 2012
President Asif Ali Zardari
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani
Preceded by Rao Sikandar Iqbal
Succeeded by Naveed Qamar

Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar (Urdu: چوہدری احمد مختار ‎) (born 1946 in Lahore) was the Defence Minister of Pakistan in the PM Yousaf Raza Gillani-led cabinet which ceased to be on the orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan which disqualified the PM for ridiculing the judiciary and contempt of court on 19 June 2012 for constantly delaying the implementation of the judgments of the honorable SC.[1] He is a central leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party from Gujrat District. He defeated Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain from Gujrat NA-105 in 1993 & 2008, the leader of PML-Q party, who was allied with President Pervez Musharraf, in Pakistan's 2008 elections.

Born in Lahore, Ahmad Mukhtar has done his Operational Management from California, United States and a Diploma in Plastic Technology from West Germany. Mukhtar is also a graduate of Forman Christian College University. He is a businessman who started his political career in 1990 on PPP platform. His brother Ahmad Saeed served as PIA Managing director (from April 2001) and PIA Chairman (from April 2003, both until April 2005) during the General Pervez Musharraf era. Now, Ahmad Mukhtar himself has taken the role of Chairman PIA from May 2008.

He is an industrialist and former Commerce Minister in the 1993–1996 Benazir Bhutto government. He was considered the most likely candidate to be the next Prime Minister of Pakistan, along with Ameen Faheem, Yousaf Raza Gillani and Shah Mehmood Qureshi, but was later denied, when Yousaf Raza Gillani was announced as the new PM on March 22, 2008.[2] He became the Defence Minister in the coalition government of PPP, PML-N, ANP and JUI-F formed after 2008 elections on 31 March 2008.[3] He is also the brother-in-law of former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Ijaz Butt.[4]


  1. ^ Sajjad Malik, "24-member federal cabinet takes oath" Daily Times, April 01, 2008
  2. ^ Ameen Faheem says he is candidate for PM Daily Times, March 10, 2008
  3. ^ Amir Wasim, "Parties finally clinch deal on key ministries" Dawn Newspaper, March 29, 2008
  4. ^ http://cricketfiles.com/2010/01/09/who-is-next/

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Political offices
Preceded by
Salim Abbas Jilani
Defence Minister of Pakistan
2008 – 4 July 2012
Succeeded by
Naveed Qamar