Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Shah Mehmood Qureshi

Shah Mehmood Qureshi
شاه محمود قریشی

Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
31 March 2008 – 9 February 2011
Prime Minister
Yousaf Raza Gillani
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Hina Rabbani Khar

22 June 1956 (age 54)
Murree, Pakistan
Political party
Pakistan Peoples Party
Alma mater
Forman Christian College
University of Cambridge
Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Hussain Qureshi (Urdu: شاه محمود قریشی; born June 22, 1956) is the former Foreign Minister of Pakistan in the coalition government of PPP, Muttahida Quami Movement[MQM], ANP and JUI-F formed after the 2008 general elections. He is a senior leader of Pakistan Peoples Party, where he was the president of PPP Punjab. He is the head of the Qureshi family and has many followers in the country and in South Asia. Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi is also the current Sajjada Nashin and custodian of the Mausoleum of Shah Rukn-e-Alam and of the Shrine (Darbar) of Hazrat Baha-ud-din Zakariya.


Shah Mehmood Qureshi is no more the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Government of Pakistan, he left amidst controversy on the Raymond Davis case.

Minister of Foreign Affairs (2008 - 2011)

After taking charge of the office, Qureshi immediately made clear that he was committed to establishing peace in the region and that maintaining friendly ties with neighboring India were amongst his top priorities. Qureshi recently went on his first visit as foreign minister to China with Ahmad Mukhtar and President Asif Ali Zardari. On his arrival back, he was given praise for his work. Qureshi has visited many states as Foreign Minister and has been very busy explaining Pakistan's stance on the war on terror to the foreign world.
An agriculturalist by trade, Qureshi is also the president of the Farmers Association of Pakistan.
Of late, there have been rumors that he will soon be appointed as the Prime Minister of the People's Party led coalition government in order to revive this administration's image that has fallen to single digit popularity in credible polls.

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