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Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan


Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan  belong from village Chakri, Teh. & Distt. Rawalpindi. is an eighth and current Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, elected for the office on 17 September 2008. A conservative politician, he is the senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (N), a centre-right conservative force in Pakistan. 

Starting his career in the national politics in late 1980s, Khan previously served Minister of the ministry of science and technology from 9 June 1988 until 1 December 1988;  and Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources in two non-consecutive terms from 1990–93 and 1997-99 in the government of former Prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif. His term was abruptly ended by the 1999 coup d'état led by former chief of army staff and chairman joint chiefs of staff committee General Pervez Musharraf and among many others, including former prime minister, Khan was placed in Adiala Jail.

He participated in 2002 elections as non-partisan and joined the opposition parties in the Parliament. After successfully contesting in the 2008 parliamentary elections, Khan was appointed as the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly and assumed the chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on October 19, 2011 but resigned on November 28, 2011. 

Background
Khan is an alumnus of Aitchison College.

Political career
He took oath for as the National Assembly seat on 24 March 2008. From 31 March 2008 to 12 May 2008, Khan was a senior minister and held the portfolios of Ministry of Communication and Ministry of Food and Livestock (MINFAL). However, all the PML-N ministers resigned en route on 12 May 2008 protesting the delay in restoration of judges by the PPP-led government.

Khan has previously served as Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, and Provincial Coordinator during 1990 - 1993 government of PML(N). From 1997 - 1999 government of PML(N), he was again Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister. He has served as Member National Assembly (MNA) for the terms of 1985, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1997 and 2002. Khan is married and has three daughters and a son.

He was elected the Leader of the Opposition after Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi resigned from that post. 
He is one of the three politicians who have never lost their home town seats since 1985, the second being fellow conservative politician of the PML, Anwar Ali Cheema and third one is Mian Intisar Hussain Bhatti of Pindi Bhattian Distt. Hafizabad. Khan has been consecutively winning from Rawalpindi for more than 25 years and is considered to be a stalwart of that region.

Controversy
Khan is noted for his vocal anti-American railing in the National Assembly. However, it was revealed by WikiLeaks in diplomatic cables that in a 2008 conversation with then US Ambassador to Pakistan, Anne W. Patterson, Khan told Patterson that he was in fact pro-American but he and the PML-N would have to be critical of US actions in order to remain "publicly credible". Khan cited his wife and children's US citizenship as proof. 


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