A Masters in Public Administration from the prestigious JFK School of Government, Harvard University, USA, Mr. Jilani joined Civil Service of Pakistan in 1957. He has the singular distinction of having held the most coveted positions in Pakistan including Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, Chairman of Pakistan International Airlines, Civil Aviation Authority, Fauji Foundation, Pakistan Steel, Karachi Electric Supply Corporation, Rice Export Corporation of Pakistan, Pak-Arab Refinery Limited (PARCO), Chief Secretary of Sindh and Balochistan and Federal Minister for Defence and Defence Production, Government of Pakistan.
His last posting before assuming the chairmanship of SSGC was as Secretary, Defence, Government of Pakistan which he held for seven years. W idely respected in political, business, agricultural, military and bureaucratic circles all over Pakistan, Mr. Jilani hails from Muzaffargarh district of Punjab.
He is also Master in Political Science from the Punjab University, Lahore having graduated cum laude from there. Mr. Jilani retired from public service in November 1996 after an unblemished marathon career.