Jalil Abbas Jilani

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Jalil Abbas Jilani
Jilani in 2023
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
17 August 2023
PresidentArif Alvi
Prime MinisterAnwarul Haq Kakar
Preceded byBilawal Bhutto Zardari
27th Foreign Secretary of Pakistan
In office
2 December 2013 – 26 February 2017
Nominated byMamnoon Hussain
Preceded bySherry Rehman
Succeeded byAizaz Ahmad Chaudhry
Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States
In office
16 March 2012 – 2 December 2013
Prime MinisterYousaf Raza Gillani
Raja Pervez Ashraf
Nawaz Sharif
Preceded bySalman Bashir
Succeeded byAizaz Ahmad Chaudhry
Personal details
Born (1955-02-02) 2 February 1955 (age 68)
Multan, Pakistan
Political partyIndependent
RelationsTassaduq Hussain Jillani (uncle)
Yousaf Raza Gillani (cousin)
Alma materNational Defense University

Jalil Abbas Jilani is a retired Pakistani diplomat who served in Grade 22 as the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan. He is currently serving as the Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs, in office since 17 August 2023.[1] He was born on February 3, 1955, in Multan to a family known for high-profile bureaucrats.[2] He served as the 22nd Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States from December 2013 to February 2017, and previously served as the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan from March 2012 to December 2013.[3][4] He has also served as a Senior Director at the Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies (CASS).[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Jilani was born into an influential family in Multan, his father Azhar Hussain Jilani and his elder brother Asghar Hussain Jilani both having been civil servants, the latter having served as Chief Secretary of the Punjab province, while former prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani is his cousin.[6] His uncle Tassadaq Jilani is the former Chief Justice of Pakistan, occupying the position in 2013–2014.[7]

He graduated with a Bachelor of Law from the University of Punjab and later on obtained an M.Sc degree in Defense and Strategic Studies. He then joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in March 1979.[7]

A polyglot, besides Urdu and English, he’s also fluent in French, Arabic, Seraiki, Punjabi and Pashto.[6]


Jillani currently serves as a Minister in Interim PM Kakar’s Cabinet.

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.[8][9]

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.[10] 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.[11][12][13][14]

Jilani was emerged as a candidate for the role of Interim Prime Minister of Pakistan. [15][16]


  1. ^ "Caretaker cabinet of PM Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar sworn in". Geo.tv. 2023-08-17. Retrieved 2023-08-18.
  2. ^ "Jalil Abbas Jilani is new Pakistani envoy to US". The Economic Times. 2013-11-08. Retrieved 2020-07-01.
  3. ^ "Change of Guard: With Salman Bashir retiring, Jalil Abbas Jilani steps up". The Express Tribune. 2012-03-04. Retrieved 2014-02-16.[failed verification]
  4. ^ "India, Pakistan send career diplomats to Washington". DAWN.COM. 2013-12-28. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  5. ^ CASS Experts - Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani
  6. ^ a b "Jalil Abbas Jilani assumes charge as Pakistan's Foreign Secretary". The Economic Times. 2012-03-04. Retrieved 2020-07-10.
  7. ^ a b "Who is Jalil Abbas Jilani?". Daily Pakistan. 9 August 2023.
  8. ^ "Jalil Jilani to be new Foreign Secy – The Daily Mail News". Archived from the original on 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  9. ^ bwm-admin. "His Excellency Jalil Abbas Jilani". www.washdiplomat.com. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  10. ^ "Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani". www.embassyofpakistanusa.org. Archived from the original on 2016-11-23. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  11. ^ "Jalil Abbas Jilani assumes charge as Foreign Secretary".
  12. ^ "Ambassador to US: Jalil Abbas Jilani gets coveted job – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  13. ^ Government formally appoints Jalil Abbas Jillani as US ambassador
  14. ^ Jalil Abbas Jilani appointed ambassador to US – DAWN.COM
  15. ^ Desk (Lahore), Web (2023-08-09). "Jalil Abbas Jilani: Who is Pakistan's likely next caretaker PM?". Pakistan Observer. Retrieved 2023-08-11.
  16. ^ "PPP names ex-CJP Tassaduq, Jalil Abbas for caretaker PM". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 2023-08-11.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by Pakistan Ambassador to the United States
Succeeded by