PTI Wins: ECP Selects Prof. Dr. Hasan Askari Rizvi as the Caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab

By Maryam Iraj

PTI nominee, Professor Dr. Hassan Askari Rizvi, is selected by Election Commission of Pakistan, for the caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab. After weeks of poor decision-making display and planning, its a great carry-off for PTI.

The announcement of the caretaker CM was made by the Election Commission official after a meeting of the commission presided by Chief election commissioner, Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan, in Islamabad on Thursday. The appointment to the caretaker Chief Minister, Dr. Rizvi, has been made in conformity with article 224 of the constitution.

Moreover, the ECP will also decide on the name of caretaker Chief Minister of Baluchistan which remained inconclusive politically after week of talks between the former government and former oppositions leader.

Dr. Rizvi is a political scientist and a military analyst of immense scholarly merit. widely acknowledged in academic circles for his work in comparative politics and and country’s domestic policy. As of now, he is serving as professor emeritus of political science at the Punjab University, Lahore. Dr. Rizvi appears on many talk shows and appears to be highly critical of former government policies. He often appears on television talk shows to comment on country’s political and domestic situation.

Academic Credentials: 

Dr. Rizvi attended the Punjab University, 1962,  in Lahore where he studied political science, sociology, Urdu and English literature. In 1968, he gained Baccalaureates in Science and English literature from the Punjab University. In 1970, he attained Master Degree in political science and pursued his studies in United Kingdom. Dr. Rizvi received MPhil on the basis of publishing his thesis on South Asia and the Comparative government from University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.

In 1979, he earned his second Master degree in International Relations (IR) from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by Ph.D. in Political science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980 on Fulbright-Hays Scholarship.

Dr. Rizvi received his Post-Doctoral (1982-83) in Arms Control, Disarmament & International Security Program, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Academic Career:

Rizvi also served as a visiting professor of Pakistan Studies at the Columbia University from January 1996 to July 1999, and as the Allama Iqbal Professor at the prestigious Heidelberg University of Germany from 1988 to 1991. After his returning to Pakistan, he regularly appeared on country’s news channels to discuss the country’s nuclear weapons politics and policies, national political and regional realities, diaspora politics, and international community impact on Pakistan. He is also a critical analyst of the domestic situation of Pakistan keeping in view of its relations with the Afghanistan and South Asia.

He is also on the editorial advisory board of many international journals of Social Sciences.

Rizvi served as the Chairman, Political Science Department, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
from November 1991—December 1995.

Rizvi participated in over “125 professional conferences/workshops and delivered special talks in
Pakistan and abroad. International professional conferences and workshops were attended
in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy,
Mexico, Singapore, Thailand, the UAE, Sultanate of Oman, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh
and India”.

He was also the member of the cortege of Prime Minister of Pakistan to the Commonwealth, Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Perth, Australia in October 2011, and also participated on March 2012, in 2nd Nuclear Security Summit, Seoul, South Korea.


Dr. Rizvi is the author of four books: His first book came in 1993Pakistan and the Geo-strategic Environment : a study of foreign policyHis second book came in 2000Military, state and society in Pakistan. His third book also hit the shelves in 2000, The military and politics in Pakistan : 1947 – 1997. In 2004, Rizvi published the ground-breaking book, Pakistan’s Foreign Policy: An Overview 1947–2004.

Other than academic publications, he is the author of over “1800 op-ed articles and political commentaries published in newspapers and magazines in Pakistan and abroad on international politics, South Asian affairs, Pakistan’s domestic and foreign policy and security affairs, Afghanistan and Central
Asia and the Middle East”.

Awards and Honours:

In March 23, 2010, Rizvi was conferred upon Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan.

Dr. Rizvi’s few of the major television commentaries are embedded below:

Commentary by former ISI Chief, Assad Durrani, and Dr. Rizvi on foreign security agencies.

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