Aseff Ahmad Ali

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Sardar Asif Ahmad Ali
18th Foreign Minister of Pakistan
In office
16 November 1993 – 4 November 1996
Preceded byFarooq Leghari
Succeeded bySahabzada Yaqub Khan
Personal details
Political partyPakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Alma materGovernment College University, Lahore
St John's College, Cambridge
ReligionIslam
 
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Sardar Asif Ahmad Ali
18th Foreign Minister of Pakistan
In office
16 November 1993 – 4 November 1996
Preceded byFarooq Leghari
Succeeded bySahabzada Yaqub Khan
Personal details
Political partyPakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Alma materGovernment College University, Lahore
St John's College, Cambridge
ReligionIslam

Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali is a Pakistani politician. He was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan from Kasur in 1994[1] and has remained active in political and campaigning theatres. In 2004, he formally joined the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

He opposed Pervez Musharraf's firing of Pakistan's judiciary.[2] He served as the Foreign Minister of Pakistan in the National Government led by the PPP from 1993 to 1996. On 25 December 2011, he joined Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

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Family background and ethnicity

He hails from Punjab, His family has a reputation of repelling authority and was instrumental in fighting against the Sikhs and later the British. His uncle, Sardar Muhammad Hussain, remained a member of parliament pre- and post-partition and pioneered the advent of the Pakistan Muslim League in Central Punjab. His father, Sardar Ahmad Ali, who also remained a member of parliament throughout his career, and Sardar Muhammad Hussain led regional movements against the Unionist Party, which was patronised by the British. The first mammoth public rally for and on behalf of the Muslim League under Muhammad Ali Jinnah was held near his ancestral village, Ganja Kalan, at Kasur, Punjab. As a result of the partition, the family lost vast tracts of agricultural land near the Satluj River, Kasur.

Education and politics

He studied at Lawrence College in Ghora Gali. He earned a B.A. (Hons.) degree from Government College University, Lahore (1959–62), and a B.A (Hons.) degree from St John's College, Oxford (1963–1966).[3] Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali was a senior member of the Pakistan Peoples Party. He was the foreign minister of Pakistan in the cabinet of Benazir Bhutto during her second tenure as Prime Minister. Recently he resighned from Pakistan Peoples Party and Join Party of Imran Khan former crickter Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.[citation needed]

Minister of Economic Affairs

Sardar Aseff also served as the Minister for Economic Affairs during the 1991–1993 Nawaz Sharif government, but resigned from the cabinet after developing differences with the Prime Minister. His resignation along with those of other members of parliament eventually led to overthrow of the first Nawaz Sharif government.[citation needed] While serving as the Economic Affairs Minister, Sardar Aseff led numerous delegations of Pakistani civil society members and organisations to Russia and cultivated business and diplomatic relationships with various disintegrated states of the former Soviet Union.[citation needed]} He was awarded honorary citizenship of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.[citation needed]

Foreign Minister of Pakistan

As Foreign Minister of Pakistan, he was unanimously elected chairman of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference.

In 2003, he held a painting exhibition at Lahore, where he displayed some of his hand-drawn sketches and paintings, which was attended by then-Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali.

In the recently held general elections, he was returned to the National Assembly for the fifth time after defeating his archrival, the outgoing foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri.[citation needed]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Farooq Leghari
Foreign Minister of Pakistan
1993–1996
Succeeded by
Sahabzada Yaqub Khan