Hasan Askari Rizvi

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Hasan Askari Rizvi
حسن عسکري رضوي
Chief Minister of Punjab
In office
8 June 2018 – 20 August 2018
GovernorMalik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana
Preceded byShehbaz Sharif
Succeeded bySardar Usman Buzdar
Personal details
Mandi Bahauddin, Punjab, Pakistan
Residence(s)Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Alma materGovernment College University, Lahore
Punjab University
University of Leeds
University of Pennsylvania
Known forWork in arms control, policy of Pakistan's nuclear deterrence program, Civil-military relations, and politics
AwardsSitara-e-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) Award (2010)
Government of Pakistan

Hassan Askari Rizvi (Urdu: حسن عسکري رضوي) (SI), is a Pakistani political scientist and military analyst who served as caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab, Pakistan in 2018. He is noted for his work in comparative politics, nuclear weapons, and country's domestic policy.[1]

He is currently serving as professor emeritus of political science at the Punjab University, Lahore as well. He also is a television personality and regularly appears on country's various news channels to comment on country's political and domestic situation. He also was a lecturer at the Virtual University of Pakistan. He is considered to have much experience working with international think tanks, universities, Pakistani and foreign news media.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Hassan Askari Rizvi, born in a Shia Family at Mandi Bahauddin, (Punjab, Pakistan) attended the Punjab University in Lahore where he studied political science, sociology, Urdu and English literature from 1960 to 1968.[3][2] He gained BA (with honours) in Political science and English literature in 1968 from the Punjab University.[2] In 1970, he attained MA in political science and proceeded his studies of United Kingdom.[2] Rizvi received MPhil on the basis of publishing his thesis on South Asia and the Comparative government.[2][1]

In 1979, he earned MA in international relations (IR) from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980.[3][2][1]

He was a visiting professor of Pakistan studies at the Columbia University from January 1996 to July 1999.[3] He also served as the Allama Iqbal Professor at Heidelberg University of Germany from 1988 to 1991.[3][4] Upon returning to Pakistan, he has regularly appeared on country's news channels to comment and discuss on country's nuclear weapons politics, national political and domestic situation of the Afghanistan and South Asia. He has spent over 35 years teaching and supervising research at the post-graduate level.[3]

Chief ministership[edit]

He was nominated by the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf after they rejected their own previous nominee Nasir Mahmood Khosa on whom government of Shehbaz Sharif was in agreement. As a result, he was nominated as caretaker chief minister of Punjab by the Election Commission of Pakistan.[5] Consensus on Rizvi could not be reached between government and opposition and the matter was decided by Election Commission of Pakistan. Pakistan Muslim League (N) is critical of this selection as according to them Rizvi has been very critical of their party's corruption. However, Hasan Askari has committed to ensure free and fair elections in the province.[6][3][7]


A prolific author, "including more than 1,800 op-eds and comment pieces in domestic and international newspapers and magazines".[3]

His books include:


  • Rizvi, Hasan-Askari (2000). Military, State and Society in Pakistan. Basingstoke [u.a.]: Macmillan [u.a.] ISBN 978-0312231934.[3][2]
  • Rizvi, Hasan-Askari (2000). The military and politics in Pakistan: 1947 – 1997. Lahore: Sang-e-Meel Publications. p. 382. ISBN 978-9693511482.[3][2]
  • Rizvi, Hasan-Askari (1993). Pakistan and the geostrategic environment : a study of foreign policy. Basingstoke, Hampshire u.a.: Macmillan u.a. ISBN 978-0333565544.[2]
  • Rizvi, Hasan-Askari (2004). Pakistan's Foreign Policy: An Overview 1947–2004 (PDF). Islamabad: Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development Press. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 June 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2020.

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ a b c PiLDAT. "Conference on Civil-Military Relations". PilDAT website. Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Quaid-i-Azam University. "Qualifications of Dr. Hasan Askari Rizvi" (PDF). Department of Political Science and International Relations at Quaid-i-Azam University. Quaid-i-Azam University website. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Dr Hasan Askari — a profile Dawn (newspaper), Published 8 June 2018, Retrieved 5 July 2020
  4. ^ APP. "Details of Dr. Hasan Askari. He was also a visiting professor with the South Asia Program of School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University at Washington D.C. 2007, 2008". Pakistan Herald. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  5. ^ "PTI's change of heart over Punjab interim set-up invites rivals' ire". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 30 May 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  6. ^ "PML-N rejects ECP's decision to name Dr Hasan Askari as caretaker Punjab CM". Geo TV News website. 8 June 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  7. ^ Hasan Askari takes oath as Punjab interim Chief Minister (CM) The Express Tribune (newspaper), Published 8 June 2018, Retrieved 5 July 2020

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Political offices

Chief Minister of Punjab

Preceded by Caretaker
2018 - 2018
Succeeded by