Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan (Born July 31, 1954 in Chakri Vakilan) is a Pakistani politician and parliamentarian who serves as the Interior Minister of Pakistan. Prior to that he has served as 8th Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly between 17 September 2008 till 7 June 2013. A conservative politician, he is the senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (N)
and a close side to Nawaz Sharif, previously he served in the Sharif administration as the minister of science and technology from 9 June 1988 until 1 December 1988 and Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources in two non-consecutive terms from 1990–93 and 1997–99 in the government of former Prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif. History
Early Life and Education
Khan was born in 1954 to Brigadier (retired) Fateh Khan at Chakri village, in Rawalpindi
District. He completed his education from Aitchison College and Army Burn Hall College.
Nisar has been elected an MNA seven times (in 1985, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2002 and 2008) from NA-52 (Rawalpindi-III) in 2002 and from NA-53 (Rawalpindi IV) in 2008.
He has served as federal minister for petroleum and natural resources in PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif
governments and was placed under house arrest after the 1999 coup staged by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.
Political Misconduct and Conspiracies
Nisar was criticised over the formation of an all PML-N opposition team in the eight-member parliamentary committee mandated to select a caretaker prime minister. He was also held responsible for the failure of the committee in evolving a consensus over a caretaker prime minister.During the 2008-2013 NA, Nisar also indulged in brawls with other parties, including MQM
, JUI-F, PML-Q, PTI and main rival Pakistan Peoples Party.Despite portraying himself as anti-American and an opponent of US foreign policy after 9/11, a contradictory version of his views surfaced in a diplomatic cable leaked by WikiLeaks in 2011.
Khan started his political career in the 1980s He came close to Nawaz Sharif during the rule of Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq
. He was elected as the member of the National Assembly of Pakistan for the first time in Pakistani general election, 1985 from constituency NA-52. He was re-elected as member of the National Assembly from the same constituency for the second time in Pakistani general election, 1988 and was made Minister for Science and Technology. After getting re-elected for the third time as the member of the National Assembly in Pakistani general election, 1990, he was made the Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, and Provincial Coordinator from 1990 to 1993 during the first government of Nawaz Sharif. He was re-elected as member of the national assembly for the fourth time in Pakistani general election, 1993
He was re-elected as member of the National Assembly for the fifth time in Pakistani general election, 1997 and for the second time appointed as the Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources where he served until he was dismissed in October 1999 and placed under house arrest after the 1999 Pakistani couptat in which then Chief of Army Staff, Pervez Musharraf
, overthrew elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his existing elected government Khan is amongst the Nawaz Sharif's loyalist who kept the PML-N alive during the Musharraf rule
He was re-elected as member of the National Assembly for the sixth time in Pakistani general election, 2002 and again in Pakistani general election, 2008 for the seventh time
The National Assembly 2008 - 2013
Khan was appointed as the Minister for Food, Agriculture and Livestock and Minister for Communications in March 2008 in the administration of Yousaf Raza Gillani
, however, his tenure was short-lived due to PML-N's decision to leave.  PPP
In September 2008, he was appointed as the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly after the Khan was appointed as the Minister for Food, Agriculture and Livestock and Minister for Communications in March 2008 in the administration of Yousaf Raza Gillani, however, his tenure was short-lived due to PML-N's decision to leave the Pakistan Peoples Party led collation government. In September 2008, he was appointed as the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly after the resignation of Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi. In October 2011, he became the first-ever chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly of Pakistan which was created to audit the accounts of the government, however he resigned later in November 2011 on the pretext that accountability was not possible under the Pakistan Peoples Party regime led by former President Asif Ali Zardari and former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.resignation of  Chudhary Pervaiz Elahi Resign
In October 2011
In October 2011, he became the first-ever chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee of the  National Assembly of Pakistan
which was created to audit the accounts of the government, however he resigned later in November 2011 on the pretext that accountability was not possible under the Pakistan Peoples Party
regime led by former President Asif Ali Zardari and former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.
Minister of Interior and Narcotics Control 2013 - present
In 2013 Pakistani general election, Khan was made part of PML-N central parliamentary board tasked with selecting candidates for The center Parliamentary Board
. Khan was re-elected as member of the National Assembly from constituency NA-52 for the eighth time and was appointed as the Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control in the cabinet of Nawaz Sharif as he has close relationship with the Pakistan Armed Forces
Dawn reported that although Khan has no post in PML-N, he is known for his assertiveness in the party affairs and has had differences with other  PML_N Leaders
Reportedly, before the Pakistani general election, 2013, Khan lobbied to become  The Chief Minister of Pakistan
and proposed that  Shehbaz Shrif
be made Minister for Water and Power, however Nawaz Sharif did not give the party ticket to Khan for the provincial seat. In spite of that Khan, contested the election for provincial assembly seat as an independent candidate and won
In March 2015
The News International commended the 21-month progress of Khan as Interior Minister. However, Khan was held responsible for failing to implement and enforce the proposals and plans of  The National Action Plan
. Khan was also criticised for delaying to inaugurate the Safe City Project in Islamabad
under which 1,800 surveillance cameras have been installed across the city.
Despite perceived as anti-American, a contradictory version of Khan's political views surfaced in a US diplomatic cable which was leaked by  wiki leaks 2011
. The cable which was sent by the former United States Ambassador to Pakistan, Anne W. Patterson in September 2008 reads: As always, Nisar insisted that he and the PML-N were pro-American (saying that his wife and children in fact are Americans). Khan clarified that he was not against the American nation, but was opposed to the US policy towards Muslims after the 9/11 attacks. The Dawn, Truth
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