|Minister for Planning and Development|
22 June 2013
|Prime Minister||Nawaz Sharif|
|Preceded by||Naveed Qamar|
|Minister for Education|
1 April 2009 – 11 September 2009
|Preceded by||Javed Ashraf Qazi|
|Succeeded by||Mir Hazar Bijrani|
|Deputy chairman of the Planning Commission of Pakistan|
13 August 1998 – 12 October 1999
|Preceded by||Hafeez Pasha|
|Succeeded by||Dr. Shahid Amjad Chaudhry|
28 September 1958 |
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
|Political party||Pakistan Muslim League
|Alma mater||University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore|
Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary (Urdu: احسن اقبال چودھری) is a Pakistani politician and mechanical engineer who is the current Minister of Planning and Development of Pakistan in the third Sharif's ministry. A member of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML-N), Iqbal grew up in Lahore, and was educated at the University of Engineering and Technology, later attending the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Iqbal began his political career in 1993 as the member of the National Assembly of Pakistan. He previously briefly held the cabinet portfolio of Minister of Education of Pakistan in the Gillani ministry.
Iqbal has been an elected member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since 2002 representing constituency NA-117 (Narowal). He served as the deputy chairman of the Planning Commission of Pakistan from 1998 to 1999 during the Sharif's second ministry.
Iqbal was born on 28 September 1958 in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan to a politically family. His mother, Nisar Fatima was selected by General Zia ul Haq as the member of the National Assembly on reserved seats for women after non party general elections in Pakistani general election, 1985. Iqbal's maternal grandfather, Chaudhry Abdul Rehman Khan served in the Punjab Legislative Assembly during the British Raj from 1927 to 1945.
In 1988, Iqbal joined Pakistan Muslim League (N).
In Pakistani general election, 1993, he become member of the National Assembly for the first time after winning constituency NA-117 of Narowal. In 1993, he served as Policy and Public Affairs Assistant to then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto.
He was re-elected as the member of the National Assembly for the second time in Pakistani general election, 1997. when his party PML-N won clear majority in National Assembly for the first time in the history of Pakistan, Iqbal played his role in several key government positions. He was appointed as the deputy chairman of the Planning Commission of Pakistan (Since the prime minister happens to be the ex-officio chairperson of Planning Commission), chairman Pakistan Engineering Council and was also a chairman for the National Steering Committees on Information Technology and IQM and Productivity. Iqbal continued on the positions allotted to him till the 1999 Pakistani coup d'état in which then Chief of Army Staff, Pervez Musharraf, overthrew elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his existing elected government. Dawn reported that on Iqbal's initiative Pakistan's first national IT policy was formulated.
During the Musharraf rule, Iqbal taught Management at the Mohammad Ali Jinnah University in Islamabad from 2000 to 2007. Iqbal is considered a loyalist of Nawaz Sharif who kept the PML-N alive during the Musharraf rule.
In Pakistani general election, 2008, Iqbal was re-elected as the member of the National Assembly for the third time. He briefly served as the Minister for Education of Pakistan with an additional portfolio of Minister of Minorities’ Affairs in the Gillani ministry. But after PML-N decided to sit on opposition benches due to a disagreement with PPP related to the reinstatement of the judges dismissed by former President Pervez Musharraf in 2007, their ministers resigned six weeks into the newly formed PPP-led coalition government.
In Pakistani general election, 2013, Iqbal was made part of PML-N’s central parliamentary board tasked with selecting candidates for the election. Iqbal was re-elected as the member of the National Assembly for the fourth time in 2013 general election and was appointed as the Minister of Planning and Development.
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