It is said, ‘the quality of a leader is reflected in the standards he sets for himself’ – Ray Kroc. Education forms the basis of over-all development. Since leaders are expected to legislate for their people, a high score on education matrix is definitely more desirable. Pakistan has a very rich political background, where we got amazing leaders of the world like Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Muhammad Iqbal and Liaqat Ali Khan. Where, we love to talk about politicians, it is quite surprising that these politicians are very well qualified, who are responsible for our nation’s progress.
Here are some of the most highly educated politicians of our country.
Imran Khan is a Pakistani politician, former cricketer, philanthropist, cricket commentator and former chancellor of the University of Bradford. He was educated at Aitchison College in Lahore and the Royal Grammar School Worcester in England. In 1972 he enrolled in Keble College, Oxford where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics, graduating with honors in 1975. Imran Khan founded Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital in Lahore and made the whole nation proud. Imran Khan married Jemima Khan in 1995, but they separated and announced divorce in 2004. They have two sons together, Suleman and Qasim.
She was the eldest child of former Premier Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Begum Nusrat Bhutto. Benazir went to school in Karachi through high school. She passed her O-level examinations at the age of 15. She then went on to complete her A-Levels at the Karachi Grammar School. From 1969 to 1973 she attended Radcliffe College in the United States. Between 1973 and 1977 she took a wide variety of courses in international law and diplomacy, economics, philosophy and politics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. She also received an Honorary LL.D degree from the University of Toronto.
Asif Ali Zardari
Born on July 26, 1995 to a Baloch family, Asif Ali Zardari received his primary education from Karachi Grammar School. His official biography says he graduated from Cadet College, Petaro. He went to St Patrick’s High School, Karachi from 1973–74. He had graduated from the London School of Business Studies with a bachelor of education degree in the early 1970’s. Zardari’s official biography states he also attended the Pedinton School in Britain. He married Benazir Bhutto in 1987 in a very traditional wedding ceremony and blessed with two daughters, Bakhtwaar and Aseefa and a son, Bilalwal.
Hina Rabbani Khar
The youngest of females in the politics, the former Foreign Minister Hina earned her Bachelors degree from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Later, she went to U.S.A to receive her Masters in Management Sciences degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Khar has retained ties with her alumnus institution, LUMS, long after her graduation. In 2012, she delivered a lecture at LUMS on “Foreign policy and Young Democracy”.
Even our lady leaders have important intellectual qualifications for themselves. Shahrbano Rehman, also known as Sherry Rehman was born on 21st December 1960 in Karachi. Ex -Pakistani Ambassador to U.S.A, Sherbano Rehman is an alumnus of the University of Sussex where she studied Political Science and Art History. She has also practiced as a professional journalist for 20 years and spent many years in writing for national and international publications. Moreover, her name was also written among the “100 Most Influential Asians” by UAE magazine, Ahlan.
He is a Pakistani politician and a retired four-star army general. He was a member of the Pakistan Military Academy’s elite Artillery Regiment in the 1960’s and fought in the 1965 war against India. A student of Forman Christian College Lahore, Musharraf is said to be exceptional at mathematics, in which he also did his major. He also had an intense interest in economics. Musharraf continued his military education at the Command and Staff College and the National Defense College in Pakistan. He also attended the Royal College of Defense Studies in the United Kingdom.
Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto
He was the founder of the Pakistan People’s Party. He was a Pakistani politician and statesman who served as the 9th Prime Minister of Pakistan. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto completed his early education from Bombay’s Cathedral High School. In 1947, he joined the University of Southern California, and later the University of California at Berkeley in June 1949. After completing his degree with honors in Political Science at Berkeley in June 1950, he was admitted to Oxford.
No doubt, many politicians are there, who are our ideals and we love to peek inside their lives. Surprisingly, these politicians have a wonderful educational background, and most of them are qualified from top educational institutes. Several leaders were born in Pakistan who got worldwide fame and their names are written in this article. As they are decision makers of our nation, so it’s their duty to use their education in the most effective manner to make the country proud and well reputed in the world.