Profile: Shah Mehmood Qureshi, from PML, to PPP to PTI

Published: November 27, 2011
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Former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi finally announced his allegiance to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) at a massive rally in Ghotki on Sunday.

Qureshi’s political career has seen major shifts, jumping from different Pakistan Muslim League (PML) factions to the Pakistan Peoples Party and now the PTI.

His home constituency is Multan NA-148, which he shares with PML-N leader Makhdoom Javed Hashmi. He received his early education from Aitchison College and went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in History from Forman Christian College and a then a Law degree from Cambridge University.

His father, Sajjad Hussain Qureshi, was a prominent politician and a member of the PPP during the 1970s. The senior Qureshi supported the presidency of General Ziaul Haq after Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s hanging and later served as the Governor of Punjab from December 1985 to December 1988.

Timeline of Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s political career

1985: Qureshi was first elected to the Punjab Assembly from Multan in elections that were held on a non-party basis.

1986: Qureshi joins the reformed Pakistan Muslim League (PML), which had brought together a number of Muslim League factions under the leadership of Muhammad Khan Junejo during General Ziaul Haq’s Government.

1988: Joins the Nawaz Sharif led PML faction, which had split from the original PML after Zia’s death in the same year.

During this time, Qureshi was reelected to the Punjab assembly from Multan and served as the Minister of Planning & Development in the cabinet of the then Chief Minister Nawaz Sharif. Qureshi served as minister from November 1988 to August 1990.

1990: Qureshi parts ways with Sharif and joins the re-formed Manzoor Wattoo led Pakistan Muslim League – Junejo (PML-J). He was once again elected to the Punjab Assembly from Multan.

Qureshi served as Finance Minister in the cabinet of Chief Minister Manzoor Wattoo from 1990 to 1993.

1993: Shah Mahmood Qureshi once again shifted allegiances and this time joined Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

Qureshi was elected to the National Assembly from Multan and served as Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs under Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

November, 1996: Appoint PPP spokesperson.

1997: PML-N leader Makhdoom Javed Hashmi defeats Qureshi in the general elections.

2000-2002: Qureshi served as the District Nazim of Multan.

2002: Shah Mahmood Qureshi contested the 2002 elections as a member of the PPP and defeated Makhdoom Javed Hashmi to win the Multan National Assembly seat.

2006: Benazir Bhutto appoints Qureshi President of PPP Punjab.

2008: Once again wins the National Assembly seat from Multan and is appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs.

February, 2011: Qureshi is dropped from the federal cabinet as Foreign Minister in the aftermath of the Raymond Davis Affair. Many believe it was Qureshi’s stand on the diplomatic immunity for Davis that led to him being dropped from the cabinet.

November 15, 2011: Qureshi resigns from the National Assembly and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

November 27, 2011: Qureshi announces joining the Imran Khan led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) at a rally in Ghotki.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Nov 27, 2011 - 7:49PM

    Shah Mehmood has hijacked the PTI. Imran Khan has also disappointed the nation by welcoming turn coats, Sajjada Nasheens, and Feudals into the party

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  • NomanR
    Nov 27, 2011 - 7:52PM

    Finally, he landed in the right party. Better late than never!

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  • Nov 27, 2011 - 7:53PM

    and probably our next foreign minister…

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  • Ahmed
    Nov 27, 2011 - 8:15PM

    Imran Khan president, Qureshi Prime Minister

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Nov 27, 2011 - 8:24PM

    Congratulations!! Shah Mahmood Qureshi & Imran khan. Now the party is becoming stronger & stronger by the day .

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  • Anwar Khan
    Nov 27, 2011 - 8:28PM

    It seems Shah Mehmood Qureshi has no principles. One cannot be democrat and support Ziaul Haq. Shah Qureshi changes alliance for selfish reason rather than on principles and national interest.Recommend

  • Nasreen
    Nov 27, 2011 - 8:36PM

    Its not a new thing for Great Qureshi that he change his allegince ,but this time we are hoping that this combination bring some good for us as well?

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Nov 27, 2011 - 9:11PM

    @Anwar Khan……..It is never too late to abandon the party of plunderers, Qureshi has done the most effulgent thing in life by joining PTI.Recommend

  • KAMRAN HAIDER
    Nov 27, 2011 - 9:35PM

    i appreciate the decision made by MAKHDOUM SAHB. P.T.I. is the last ray of hope for us all.Recommend

  • Ch Allah Daad
    Nov 27, 2011 - 9:38PM

    SMQ from PML to PPP to PTI to Zero.

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  • Nov 27, 2011 - 9:45PM

    It is yet to be seen what post will be given to SMQ. At the moment he has gotten himself a membership of PTI, but yes I agree that the reception he got wouldn’t be given to any ordinary new member.
    The thing is that in my opinion, the world is not divided between 100% good people versus 100% bad people. There exist lots of shades of gray between the black and white.
    Anyone, including the landowners, saints, thugs, criminals, should be encouraged to stop wronging the nation and to support good ideologies and to work for good causes. Change takes time to materialize. One can right off all landowners with the strike of a pen. Also one has to keep in mind the obstacles that our present electoral system presents.
    There exist no serious allegations of corruption, nepotism etc etc against SMQ and since he is an experienced political player, he has received a warm welcome.
    I too don’t find him 100% trustworthy but lets see how it goes.
    In other news, Marvi Memon too is going to join PTI in new few days.Recommend

  • Copper
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:12PM

    @Tanzeel:
    Your comments shows the frustration which is inevitable keeping your past relentless support for MQM.

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  • Imran
    Nov 28, 2011 - 2:00AM

    The report is factually incorrect. SMQ did NOT resign from foreign ministry. He was in fact removed from foreign ministry and was assigned the ministry for water & power. He refused to take charge for the new assignment.

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  • Malik
    Nov 28, 2011 - 2:07AM

    what next shah sab? MQM? or Q league?

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  • Starboy
    Nov 28, 2011 - 6:34AM

    SMQ is a clean politician & there is no corruption allegation or charges against him. He is following PTI,s idealogy not a minister seat. Qaid e Azam changed his party from Indian Congress to Muslim League following an idea of a separate country. Which he could not have achieved in congress. So one cannot follow one idea or party throughout his life.

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  • babar
    Nov 28, 2011 - 11:18AM

    finally he landed in a right party and i dont agree with people saying turncoats etc if he had stayed in this ppp governmant we still would have been swearing at him and if he made a decision to join someone whom is different and not conventional and we started calling names where is our logic ?

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  • Lahore say
    Nov 28, 2011 - 11:29AM

    @Starboy:
    Time will tell, if it is for the seat or principle or idealogy!!

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  • You Said It
    Nov 28, 2011 - 12:43PM

    A Lota is an equal opportunity grabber. All parties will have their turn to take him into their fold.

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  • zeeshan
    Nov 28, 2011 - 5:44PM

    we welcum SMQ in the PTI setup… a great addition…. and very timel as well

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  • AN
    Dec 5, 2011 - 4:20PM

    Next he will join PML-Q or perhaps MQM depends who is faring better. I really didn’t like this move. This guy is plain ambitious. His final destination is to remove IK as the party’s head. What IK was thinking in asking him to join PTI?Recommend

  • Nisar MalikN
    Dec 6, 2011 - 4:24PM

    the desi version of a political turncoat!Recommend

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