Ms Zubaida Jalal is the Minister for Defence Production of Pakistan. A teacher, libertarian, social activist by occupation, she assumed the office of Defence Production Minister on 20 August 2018. After successfully contesting in general elections held in 2002 on a PML(Q) platform, she came in national prominence and public fame as a leading woman minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. From 2002–07, she was the Minister of Education (MoEd) and unsuccessfully contested for general elections held in 2008 on a PML(Q) platform.
After a five-year brief break from the national politics, she joined the Pakistan Muslim League but stepped down in favour of Kiran Haider who successfully retained her seat in 2013 general elections, although she retains herself as a woman leader of the Pakistan Muslim League, while ahead of the 2018 general elections she joined BAP and elected to the national assembly.