Hina Rabbani Khar was appointed the first female, and youngest, Foreign Minister of Pakistan in 2011. As a stateswoman and economist, Khar began her political career in 2002 in the government of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, and served in the Finance Ministry, where she directed policies concerning the national economy, and served in the Foreign Ministry as Minister of State.
Khar has been a senior and high-ranking member of the Central Executive Committee (the supreme governing authority of Pakistan Peoples Party). She is widely regarded as one of the highest ranking women in Pakistani politics.
Abroad, she became the glamorous face of a country known for its bearded extremists, while at home she served as a reminder that women could rise to the top despite a conservative culture. Diplomats spoke admiringly of her ability to take on one of the country’s most complicated briefs, handling relations with India and Afghanistan, and trying to keep Pakistan’s powerful military out of politics.