Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan MNA

MINISTER FOR DEFENCE 

 

  • Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan took oath as Pakistan’s thirty-second Minister for Defence on August 4, 2017.
  • Before assuming his current office, Khurram Dastgir Khan served as Minister for Commerce, Chairman Privatization Commission, and Chairman Federal Textile Board. As Minister of State he held portfolios of Commerce & Textile Industry, Privatization, and Science & Technology.
  • As Commerce Minister, he revitalized Pakistan’s trade diplomacy and led the successful campaign to obtain GSP+ trade preferences from the European Union and spearheaded vital negotiations to normalize Pakistan’s regional trade.
  • Minster Khan revived Pakistan’s pursuit of global market access and energized the nation’s engagement at Work Trade Organization (WTO) and other multilateral fora. He was one of the principal sponsors of the initiative “Friends of E-Commerce for Development” at WTO and directed negotiations for free trade agreements with Turkey and Thailand. 
  • In his leadership, the Ministry of Commerce launched Strategic Trade Policy Framework          2015-18, revamped national trade defence laws, managed Pakistan’s accession to TIR convention, and successfully concluded institutional reforms of the Ministry itself as well as its attached departments. He initiated pioneering legislation on Geographical Indication and on E-Commerce.
  • He has substantive experience as the Pakistan co-chair for Joint Ministerial Commissions and Joint Trade Commissions with numerous partner countries.
  • During 2013-17, Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan held the additional responsibility of parliamentary business of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • 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.
  • Khurram Dastgir Khan was elected from his native city of Gujranwala to the National assembly of Pakistan in 2008 and re-elected in 2013.
  • During the 2008-13 Parliament, 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 of the Public Accounts Committee.
  • He also served on Finance Committee of the National Assembly, Special Committee on Threats to Journalists, and the Standing Committee respectively on National Regulation & Services and on Millennium Development Goals.
  • Affiliated with Pakistan Muslim League-N [PMLN] political party, Khurram Dastgir Khan has served as national office-bearer in leadership positions within his party. He served as Special Assistant to Prime Minister in 1999.

 


 Federal Minister for Defence

 Telephone Nos: 9271107,  9271108