Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has approved the appointment of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz lawmaker Rana Afzal as state minister for finance.

MNA Rana Afzal is from Faisalabad and currently the parliamentary secretary for finance. He has been appointed a month after former finance minister Ishaq Dar requested the Prime Minister for leave, after which place was vacant in the Ministry of Finance.

According to details on the Provincial Assembly of The Punjab site, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan is the son of Major (Retd) Fazal Muhammad Khan. He was born on February 22, 1949 in Faisalabad.

He obtained the degree of B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering) in 1971 from NED Engineering College, University of Karachi; and also possesses the degree of M.A. (Political Science) from Balochistan University, Quetta.

He was commissioned in Pakistan Army and served as Captain during 1971-76.

He has also served as Member of Executive Committee, Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry during 1988-91, as Vice Chairman, WASA, Faisalabad Development Authority during 1997-99, as Member of Syndicate, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore during 1997-99 and as Member of Syndicate, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, during 1997-2002.

He served as Member, Provincial Assembly of the Punjab during 1997-99 and has returned to the Punjab Assembly for the second term in general elections 2008. He has visited Saudi Arabia, UK, USA, Austria, Norway, China, Turkey, UAE, Switzerland, France, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.