Hina Rabbani Khar is a Pakistani stateswoman and economist who was the 26th Foreign Minister of Pakistan. Hailing from a powerful feudal family, she began her political career in 2002 in the government of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and subsequently served in the Finance Ministry and Foreign Ministry as Minister of State. After successfully contesting the 2008 general election, she served again in the Finance Ministry and directed policies concerning the national economy in the absence of the then Finance Minister in 2009.
Hina was born into a Muslim family in Multan, Punjab, Pakistan. She is the daughter of retired politician Ghulam Noor Rabbani Khar and niece of Ghulam Mustafa Khar, former Governor and Chief Minister of Punjab. She is also the co-owner of a restaurant chain named the “Polo Lounge”. The initial branch opened at the Lahore Polo Ground in 2002. A second Polo Lounge has since opened in Islamabad’s Saidpur Village.
Khar is a graduate of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) where she holds a BSc (with honours) in Economics conferred in 1999. Khar was appointed Minister of State for Economic Affairs in 2004. In 2008, after successfully defending her constituency, she was appointed Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs in the cabinet of Yousaf Raza Gillani. In June 2009, she successfully presented the 2010 federal budget in the Parliament and has the distinction of being the first woman politician to present the Pakistani budget in the National Assembly