Hina Rabbani Khar Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Hina Rabbani Khar was the 26th Foreign Minister of Pakistan and is currently serving in Parliament for a third term as a member of the Pakistan People Party. Her term as Foreign Minister is best remembered for the ‘Regional Pivot’ to Pakistan foreign policy, where she concentrated on building ties with Pakistan’s immediate neighbours. This included the normalization of trade relations with India, a policy of reaching out to all political parties and ethnicities in Afghanistan.  Pakistan also pursued an active role in an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process of reconciliation. In a difficult time of increasing economic sanctions, Pakistan pursued to strengthen ties with Iran. She also served for four years as Minister of State for Economic Affairs and two years as Minister of State for Finance & Economic Affairs. During these years, she led Pakistan’s bilateral and multilateral economic diplomacy.