Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan

Minister for Defence Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan MNA assumed recently the added responsibility for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

During 2013-2017, the Minister managed the parliamentary business of MoFA, and responded regularly to questions and motions in both houses of Parliament.

Before assuming office as Minister for Foreign Affairs and for Defence, Khurram Dastgir Khan served as Minister for Commerce, Chairman Privatisation Commission, and Chairman of Federal Textile Board.

As Minister of State, he held portfolios of Commerce & Textile Industry, Privatisation, and Science & Technology.

Trained as an engineer at California Institute of Technology, Minister Khan also holds a degree in Economics from Bowdoin College; both in the United States. He is a Life Member of Pakistan Engineering Council.

At the Ministry of Defence, Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan steered approval of the augmented Armed Forces Development Plan (AFDP) 2018-2030 and enhancement of Ministry of Defence budget for fiscal year 2018-19.

During his tenure at Ministry of Commerce, Minister Khan revitalised Pakistan’s trade diplomacy. He led the successful campaign to obtain GSP+ trade preferences from the European Union, revamped national trade defence laws, and managed Pakistan’s accession to TIR convention.

Minister Khan energised Pakistan’s engagement at World Trade Organisation and revived the nation’s quest for market access. He directed the teams that negotiated free-trade agreements with China, Turkey, and Thailand.

Khurram Dastgir Khan was elected from his native city of Gujranwala to the National Assembly of Pakistan in 2008 and re-elected in 2013. He earned distinction as Chair of National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Commerce and as a member of the Special Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir as well as a member of the Public Accounts Committee.

Affiliated with Pakistan Muslim League-N, Mr. Khan has served as national office-bearer in leadership positions within his party