Jalil Abbas Jilani

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Jalil Abbas Jilani
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Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States
In office
December 2013 – February 2017
Nominated byMamnoon Hussain
Preceded bySherry Rehman
Succeeded byAizaz Ahmad Chaudhry
Foreign Secretary of Pakistan
In office
March 2012 – December 2013
Preceded bySalman Bashir
Succeeded byAizaz Ahmad Chaudhry
Personal details
Born (1955-02-02) 2 February 1955 (age 64)
Multan, Pakistan
RelationsSalim Abbas Jilani (Uncle)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Oxford

Jalil Abbas Jilani is a Pakistani diplomat who served as the 22nd Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States, and previously served as the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan from March 2012 to December 2013.[2][3] He currently serves as a Senior Director at the Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies (CASS).[4]

Born in Multan to a family known for high-profile bureaucrats, Jilani was educated as a lawyer at University of Oxford, before joining the Foreign Service of Pakistan in March 1979. He served as the deputy secretary at Prime Minister’s Office between 1989 and 1992, and as the deputy high commissioner to India between 1999 and 2003. He headed the South Asia desk at the Foreign Office between 2003 and 2007, during which time he was also appointed as the Ministry's Spokesman.[5][6]

In 2007, he was commissioned as Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Australia and served until 2009, when he was tasked as Ambassador of Pakistan to European Union based out of Brussels.[7] Jilani was promoted to the highest rank of BPS-22 grade in 2010 and consequently became the country's Foreign Secretary in March 2012, the top civil service official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.[8][9][10][11]

He is married with three sons. The eldest son, Ahmed Jilani, is a graduate from the Australian National University and currently works at the FAO in Rome, Italy. Prior to working at the FAO, he worked as an intern in the Office of the President at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome, Italy. His middle son, Amir Jilani, is an Economist also working in international development and is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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  1. ^ https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/321385-profiles-of-six-nominees-for-caretaker-pm
  2. ^ "Change of Guard: With Salman Bashir retiring, Jalil Abbas Jilani steps up". The Express Tribune. 2012-03-04. Retrieved 2014-02-16.[failed verification]
  3. ^ "India, Pakistan send career diplomats to Washington". DAWN.COM. 2013-12-28. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  4. ^ CASS Experts - Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani
  5. ^ Jalil Jilani to be new Foreign Secy – The Daily Mail News
  6. ^ bwm-admin. "His Excellency Jalil Abbas Jilani". www.washdiplomat.com. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  7. ^ "Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani". www.embassyofpakistanusa.org. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  8. ^ https://www.geo.tv/latest/40828-jalil-abbas-jilani-assumes-charge-as-foreign-secretary
  9. ^ "Ambassador to US: Jalil Abbas Jilani gets coveted job – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  10. ^ Government formally appoints Jalil Abbas Jillani as US ambassador
  11. ^ Jalil Abbas Jilani appointed ambassador to US – DAWN.COM
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sherry Rehman
Pakistan Ambassador to the United States
Succeeded by
Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry