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TIME Exclusive: Q&A with Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 5, 2012

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Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar speaks during a joint press conference with her Afghan counterpart Zalmai Rasool, unseen, at the foreign ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 1, 2012.

Since she was appointed as Pakistan’s Foreign Minister in July of 2011, Hina Rabbani Khar has had to deal with the fallout from the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May, a deterioration in relations with Afghanistan, and a botched cross border operation that saw 24 Pakistani soldiers mistakenly killed by U.S. forces in November. She is Pakistan’s youngest and first female foreign minister. On the eve of her first high-profile visit to Kabul since the assassination of Afghan peace envoy Berhanuddin Rabbani (no relation), she talks about her country’s relationship with Afghanistan, the U.S., and with its own army.

(READ: NATO report says Pakistan is still propping up the Taliban.)

TIME: What prompted your trip to Kabul?

Hina Rabbani Khar: As Foreign Minister of Pakistan, I would say that the most important capital in the world is Kabul. If this track works, if Pakistan and Afghanistan can work with confidence in each other’s intentions and actions, we can go a very long way. With that trust we can fix a lot of things and will not need outside influence and interference. Therefore we would be open to engage with Afghanistan at any level and at any time. Since 2008 [when the elected government came to power] we have given a very consistent message to Afghanistan that we mean business, that we would want to support anything that Afghans feel is for their betterment. They have to choose the direction, and we would be behind them following that direction. Read the rest of this entry »

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Personality: Hina Rabbani Khar

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 12, 2011

Hina Rabbani Khar, born 19 january 1977,  is a Pakistani politician and the current Foreign Minister of Pakistan. Appointed in July of 2011, she is the first female and the youngest person to ever head Pakistani’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

She was elected to the National Assembly in both 2002 and 2008 and was Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs between 2008 and 2011.

Early life and education

Hina Rabbani Khar was born on 19 November 1977 in MultanPunjab, Pakistan in a Muslim Rajput family. She is the daughter of politician and landowner Ghulam Noor Rabbani Khar and the niece of Ghulam Mustafa Khar, a former governor of Punjab. The Khar family has roots in the village of Khar Gharbi located in Kot Adu, a tehsil in Muzaffargarh District in Punjab; and has many land holdings: an estate that includes fisheries, mango orchards, and sugarcane fields. She graduated with a B.Sc. in Economics from Lahore University of Management Sciences in 1999 and received her M Sc (Hon) in Business Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2001.

Personal life

She is married to Firoze Gulzar, with whom she has two daughters, Annaya and Dina . She is the co-owner of the Polo Lounge restaurant on the Lahore Polo Grounds. She prefers healthy diet and soja

Political career

In the 2002 general elections, as a candidate with the Pakistan Muslim League (Q) (PML-Q)—the party of President Pervez Musharraf—Khar was elected to the National Assembly, representing the NA-177 Muzaffargarh-II constituency in Punjab, a position her father had held previously, but a new law requiring all candidates to hold a university degree meant he could not run that year. The Guardian wrote, “In deference to local sensibilities about the place of women, her landlord father Noor addressed rallies and glad-handed voters; Hina stayed largely at home, with not even her photo appearing on the posters.” After the PML-Q denied her a ticket for re-election in 2008, she joined the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and was elected for a second time. The PPP won the majority of the votes and formed an alliance with the Pakistan Muslim League (N). They nominated and elected Yousaf Raza Gillani as Prime Minister.

Between 2004 and 2007 Khar was Minister of State for Economic Affairs (Pakistan)|Minister of State for Economic Affairs. She served as Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs in the cabinet of Gillani between 2008 and 2011. On 13 June 2009, she became the first woman to present the Pakistani budget in the National Assembly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nuclear war between Pakistan, US closer than many realize

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 11, 2011


Recently, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen testified before Congress that Pakistani Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), which has supposedly been an ally to the U.S., has actually supported terrorist actions by al-Qaeda and the Haqqani syndicate. In light of this, some media sources believe that the U.S. should be prepared for war against Pakistan.

‘Pakistan is the enemy,’ writes Hitchens

The writing is on the wall, suggests Christopher Hitchens in Slate. Pakistani intelligence is known to have aided the Taliban and provided refuge for Osama bin Laden during his final days in Abbottabad. The New York reports that a 2007 ambush on American and Afghan soldiers in a Pakistani border town was a “complex, calculated assault” arranged by Pakistani military. Various border skirmishes involving “unknown assailants” are believed to have been ISI-backed Taliban militants, but exact details remain classified.

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All eyes on her: Pak foreign minister makes debut – Hindustan Times

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 26, 2011

February, has become the face of Pakistani diplomacy at a critical



time, despite questions over her youth and inexperience.Hina Rabbani Khar, aged just 34 and the first woman to be appointed foreign minister of Pakistan, will be thrust into the spotlight when she holds talks with her Indian counterpart this week. Khar, who was only appointed last week after serving as a junior foreign minister  since February, has become the face of Pakistani diplomacy at a critical time, despite questions over her youth and inexperience.


She will make a high-profile debut at Wednesday’s talks between Pakistan and India — one of the world’s most fraught cross-border relationships which has led to war three times since 1947.

Few breakthroughs are expected during the meeting between Khar and Indian Foreign Minister SM Krishna, who is 45 years her senior, as the two countries make their first contacts at that level in one year.

The nuclear-armed rivals came to the brink of conflict as recently as 2002 and frictions have remained high since 2008 when Pakistan-based militants were blamed for attacks on Mumbai in which 166 people were killed.

All eyes on her: Pak foreign minister makes debut – Hindustan Times.

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