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Professor Ahsan Iqbal

Federal Minister of Planning and Development
and Deputy Chairman Planning Commission

He was elected as an MNA from his constituency NA-117 (Narowal-III) in the February 2008 elections. He served as a Federal Minister for Education in the coalition government of PPP, PML-N, ANP and JUI-F formed after 2008 elections, but later resigned when his party pulled out of the coalition on 12 May 2008.

Political career

His political career started in 1980 when he joined the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, at UET Lahore. In 1988 he joined PML (a part of IJI then) later becoming PMLN, and rose to become its information secretary during the regime of General Pervaiz Musharraf. He was elected for the first time as an MNA from NA-90 Narowal (now NA-117) in the general elections of 1993, and later re-elected from the same constituency in February 1997. He won his seat again in 2008 securing 59% of the casted votes[4] and lost a controversial election in 2002 [5][6][7] to Riffat Javed Kahloon .

Economic Reforms

Ahsan Iqbal initiated and authored Vision 2010 for Pakistan, and was responsible for country’s long term economic planning and management. On his initiative, Pakistan's first National IT Policy was formulated. His leadership was instrumental in starting several knowledge, good governance, and reform programs in the country through extensive stake-holder's dialogue and partnership. He was also a Professor of Management at Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Islamabad (2000–07).

Appointments to Executive Posts

His appointments include Chief Coordinator / Minister of State, Pakistan 2010 Program (1997–99), Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission (Pakistan) (1998–99); Chairman, Good Governance Group, Government of Pakistan (1997–99); Chairman, Pakistan Engineering Board, and Chairman, National Steering Committees on Information Technology and IQM and Productivity (1998–99). He earlier served as Policy and Public Affairs Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan (1993). He served as Senior Advisor, Al-Madinah Al-Monawarah Digital Economy Project from September 2004 to April 2006. He has also held senior-level corporate positions in public sector corporations of Pakistan.