Jalil Abbas Jilani
|Minister for Foreign Affairs|
|Assumed office |
17 August 2023
|Prime Minister||Anwarul Haq Kakar|
|Preceded by||Bilawal Bhutto Zardari|
|27th Foreign Secretary of Pakistan|
2 December 2013 – 26 February 2017
|Nominated by||Mamnoon Hussain|
|Preceded by||Sherry Rehman|
|Succeeded by||Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry|
|Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States|
16 March 2012 – 2 December 2013
|Prime Minister||Yousaf Raza Gillani|
Raja Pervez Ashraf
|Preceded by||Salman Bashir|
|Succeeded by||Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry|
|Born||2 February 1955|
|Relations||Tassaduq Hussain Jillani (uncle)|
Yousaf Raza Gillani (cousin)
|Alma mater||National 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. He was born on February 3, 1955, in Multan to a family known for high-profile bureaucrats. 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. He has also served as a Senior Director at the Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies (CASS).
Early life and education
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. His uncle Tassadaq Jilani is the former Chief Justice of Pakistan, occupying the position in 2013–2014.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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