Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Pakistani politician and businessman

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (Urdu/Punjabi: شاہد خاقان عباسی; born 27 December 1958) is a Pakistani politician who was the Prime Minister of Pakistan, from August 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018. He is a member of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N).[1]

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
Prime Minister of Pakistan
In office
1 August 2017 – 31 May 2018
PresidentMamnoon Hussain
Preceded byNawaz Sharif
Succeeded byNasirul Mulk (Caretaker)
Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources
In office
7 June 2013 – 28 July 2017
Prime MinisterNawaz Sharif
Preceded byAsim Hussain
Succeeded byJam Kamal Khan (Minister of State)
Minister for Commerce
In office
31 March 2008 – 13 May 2008
Prime MinisterYousaf Raza Gillani
Preceded byHumayun Akhtar Khan
Succeeded byAmeen Faheem
Chair of the Pakistan International Airlines
In office
27 December 1997 – 12 October 1999
Prime MinisterNawaz Sharif
Preceded byFarooq Umar
Succeeded byAhmad Saeed
Personal details
Born (1958-12-27) 27 December 1958 (age 65)
Karachi, Pakistan
Political partyPakistan Muslim League (N)
RelativesKhaqan Abbasi (Father)
Sadia Abbasi (Sister)
EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles (BSc)
George Washington University (MEng)

Abbasi served as the Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources in the third Sharif ministry from 2013 to 2017, and briefly held the cabinet portfolio of Minister for Commerce in the Gillani ministry in 2008.

On 1 August 2017, Abbasi was elected Prime Minister of Pakistan after the resignation of outgoing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after Panama Papers case decision.[2][3]


  1. "Profile of PML-N nominee Shahid Khaqan Abbasi". Associated Press Of Pakistan. 30 July 2017. Archived from the original on 25 December 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  2. "PML-N, allies likely to take PM slot with huge support". Pakistan Today. 31 July 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  3. "Profile of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi: Pakistan's interim prime minister". 30 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.