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Hina Rabbani Khar (Urdu: حنا ربانی کھر , born 19 January 1977 in Multan, Punjab) is a Pakistani politician and member of parliament who has been Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs since 13 February 2011.
Hina Rabbani Khar is the daughter of politician Malik Ghulam Noor Rabbani Khar and niece of Malik Ghulam Mustafa Khar. A businesswoman by profession, she graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) from Lahore University of Management Sciences in 1999, and received her M.Sc. in Management from the University of Massachusetts in 2001.
On 13 June 2009 she became the first woman to present a budget speech in the National Assembly.
She served as the State Minister for Economic Affairs and Statistics and as a member of the National Assembly from the Pakistan Muslim League (Q) (PML-Q) in (2003-2007).
PML-Q denied Hina Kar a ticket for re-election in 2008 and she ran and won as a member of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
Hina Rabbani Khar comes from a rich and privileged background, being the daughter of the well-known feudal politician Ghulam Noor Rabbani Khar and niece of the infamous playboy ex-Governor of Punjab, Ghulam Mustafa Khar. Ghulam Noor Rabbani was found ineligible for elections because he did not have a university degree. Hina Rabbani Khar's family has roots in village ‘Khar Gharbi’ located in Kot Addu a Tehsil in Muzaffargarh District in the Punjab province. The Khar political power comes from the family's land holdings: their sprawling estate includes fisheries, mango orchards and sugarcane fields manned by thousands of poor workers of Punjab.
Khar received a B.Sc. from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in 1999 and went on to earn a M.Sc. in hospitality trade and tourism from the University of Massachusetts in 2001. In 2008, she was named to the World Economic Forum's list of young global leaders.In 2008, Hina was elected as a member of National Assembly with a ticket from PPP from the constituency of Muzaffargarh, Punjab.
She is a co-owner of the Polo Lounge, an upscale, popular restaurant located on the Lahore Polo Grounds.
She is married to Feroz Gulzar, a businessman.
Minister of State for Foreign Affair
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