Famous Pakistani Leaders

Often blanched by political instability, turbulent history and continuous hostility and conflicts with India, Pakistan has more to itself than what the world sees. The country is home to world’s largest mosque, tallest cliff, unlimited natural resources, greatest irrigation system and biggest mountain face. That apart, topographically, it boasts of rich cultural heritage and fascinating natural beauty. Ever since its independence, Pakistan has been suffering from political instability but in such extreme circumstances, there have been leaders who have helped Pakistan become one amongst the developing nations of the world. And any discussion regarding Pakistani leader cannot start without the mention of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. Some other eminent Pakistani leaders who helped the country gain prominence in the world platform include Liaqat Ali Khan, Khawaja Nazimuddin, Ayub Khan, Asif Ali Zardari, Pervez Musharraf, Benazir Bhutto or current Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. At various junctures, these Pakistani leaders helped the country not just surface from its problems but steep high up, politically, socially, economically and militarily. Also, it was under the leadership of these elite leaders that Pakistan became a strong nation and developed close international ties with leading countries of the world. Know more about the life and works of famous Pakistani leaders with this section.

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 1 Imran Khan

Imran Khan.
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Famous As: 22nd PM of Pakistan
Birthdate: October 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lahore, West Punjab, Dominion of Pakistan

The current Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan is also the founder and chairman of the political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Before making an entry into politics, Imran Khan was an extremely popular international cricketer who led Pakistan to its first ever Cricket World Cup title in 1992. As a philanthropist, he established Pakistan’s first cancer hospital in Lahore.

 2 Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
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Famous As: Founder of Pakistan
Birthdate: December 25, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Karachi, Bombay Presidency, British India (present-day Sindh, Pakistan)
Died: September 11, 1948
Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Pakistan’s Father of the Nation, was an All-India Muslim League leader who led to the formation of Pakistan in 1947. Educated in England, Jinnah was a barrister and had worked at the Bombay High Court. He had helped pass the 1916 Lucknow Pact, too.
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 3 Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto.
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Birthdate: June 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Karachi
Died: December 27, 2007

Benazir Bhutto was a Pakistani politician who served as Pakistan's prime minister in two separate terms and became the first woman in a Muslim majority nation to lead a democratic government. She was assassinated, at the age of 54, and after her death has been revered by many as an icon for women's rights.

 4 Abdul Sattar Edhi

Abdul Sattar Edhi.
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Famous As: Philanthropist, humanitarian
Birthdate: January 1, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bantva, Gujarat, India
Died: July 8, 2016

Abdul Sattar Edhi was a Pakistani ascetic, philanthropist, and humanitarian. He is credited with founding the Edhi Foundation, which operates a volunteer ambulance network as well as several animal shelters, orphanages, homeless shelters, and rehabilitation centres across Pakistan. He was often nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize during his lifetime.

 5 Pervez Musharraf

Pervez Musharraf.
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Birthdate: August 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Daryaganj, New Delhi

Pervez Musharraf is a former Pakistani President and army chief who overthrew his country’s elected government in a coup to assume power as its chief executive. Kargil infiltration, confrontation with India and a steep rise in Pakistan’s GDP marked the presidency of the now-retired four-star general. He was awarded capital punishment for treason, but the court order was annulled later.

 6 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
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Birthdate: January 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Larkana
Died: April 4, 1979

Pakistani barrister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto served as the prime minister of Pakistan from 1973 to 1977. He had also been the president of Pakistan from 1971 to 1973. He founded and chaired the Pakistan People's Party. His reign witnessed the formation of Bangladesh and the signing of the Simla Agreement.

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 7 Liaquat Ali Khan

Liaquat Ali Khan.
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Famous As: First Prime Minister of Pakistan
Birthdate: October 1, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Karnal
Died: October 17, 1951
Born to a landowner, Liaquat Ali Khan received an elite education at Oxford. The lawyer-turned-politician was Pakistan’s first prime minister. The place where he was assassinated by an Afghan, the Company Bagh, was later renamed Liaquat Bagh, and years later, witnessed the assassination of prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
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 8 Hina Rabbani Khar

Hina Rabbani Khar
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Famous As: Diplomat, Politician, Entrepreneur, Economist
Birthdate: November 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Multan
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 9 Fatima Jinnah

Fatima Jinnah.
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Famous As: Sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Birthdate: July 31, 1893
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Karachi
Died: July 8, 1967

Fatima Jinnah was a Pakistani politician, stateswoman, and dental surgeon. She was the younger sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. Fatima worked closely with her elder brother, who often sought the advice of his sister. Fatima Jinnah is also credited with co-founding the All Pakistan Women's Association, which aims at promoting the welfare of Pakistani women. 

 10 Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz Sharif.
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Famous As: Prime Minister of Pakistan
Birthdate: December 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lahore
Pakistani entrepreneur-turned-politician Nawaz Sharif became the longest-tenured prime minister of Pakistan. His steel construction business made him one of the richest men in the country. He was ousted by a military coup in 1999. He was imprisoned for a plane hijacking case and later dragged into the Panama Papers case.

 11 Mamnoon Hussain

Mamnoon Hussain
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Famous As: Politician, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: December 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Agra

 12 Maryam Nawaz

Maryam Nawaz
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lahore

 13 Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Karachi

 14 Asif Ali Zardari

Asif Ali Zardari.
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Famous As: Former President of Pakistan
Birthdate: July 26, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Karachi

Asif Ali Zardari is a Pakistani politician who served as the president of Pakistan from 9 September 2008 to 9 September 2013. His tenure was widely criticized for his inability to control terrorism in Pakistan. He is the current president of a popular Pakistani political party called Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians (PPPP).

 15 Iskander Mirza

Iskander Mirza.
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Famous As: Former President of Pakistan
Birthdate: November 15, 1899
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Murshidabad
Died: November 15, 1969

Iskander Mirza was a Pakistani civil servant and general who served as the first president of Pakistan. Mirza played an important role in the newly-created Pakistan in 1974. After the Partition of India, Mirza served as the first Defence Secretary and oversaw the military efforts during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947–1948.

 16 Ayub Khan

Ayub Khan
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Famous As: Former President of Pakistan
Birthdate: May 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Haripur
Died: April 19, 1974

 17 Yahya Khan

Yahya Khan.
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Famous As: Former President of Pakistan
Birthdate: February 4, 1917
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Punjab, Pakistan
Died: August 10, 1980

A descendant of Persian ruler Nāder Shah, Yahya Khan started his career as a military man during World War II. At 34, following his participation in Pakistan’s war against India over Kashmir, he became Pakistan’s youngest brigadier general. He took over as the president in 1969 and imposed martial law.

 18 Shehbaz Sharif

Shehbaz Sharif
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 23, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lahore, West Punjab Punjab, Dominion of Pakistan Pakistan

 19 Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan

Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan.
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Famous As: Political and Spiritual Leader
Birthdate: February 6, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Utmanzai, Charsadda
Died: January 20, 1988

Abdul Ghaffar Khan was a Pashtun independence activist who opposed the British rule in India. A spiritual and political leader, Khan called for Hindu-Muslim unity in India and opposed the partition of India. Khan is still revered by many in India and Pakistan for his pacifist ideology. Many places in India are named in his honor.

 20 Khawaja Nazimuddin

Khawaja Nazimuddin.
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Pakistan
Birthdate: July 19, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dhaka
Died: October 22, 1964

The second governor-general and the second prime minister of Pakistan, Khawaja Nazimuddin had a short tenure due to his ineffective handling of the tense situation in his country. Born in Dacca, he had an elite education at Cambridge and was a qualified lawyer. He was also knighted by the British.

 21 Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif

Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif
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Famous As: Pakistani Politician
Birthdate: 1950 AD
Birthplace: Lahore

 22 Choudhry Rahmat Ali

Choudhry Rahmat Ali
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 16, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Balachaur
Died: February 3, 1951

 23 Tikka Khan

Tikka Khan
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Birthdate: July 7, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rawalpindi
Died: March 28, 2002

 24 Aamir Liaquat Hussain

Aamir Liaquat Hussain
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Birthdate: July 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Karachi

 25 Yousaf Raza Gillani

Yousaf Raza Gillani
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Multan, Punjab, Pakistan

 26 Jogendra Nath Mandal

Jogendra Nath Mandal
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 29, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bengal Presidency
Died: October 5, 1968

 27 Asma Jahangir

Asma Jahangir
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Famous As: Human rights activist, Lawyer
Birthdate: January 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Karachi

 28 Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi

Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi
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Famous As: military personnel
Birthdate: 1915 AD
Birthplace: Lahore
Died: February 1, 2004

 29 Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy

Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy.
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Pakistan
Birthdate: September 8, 1892
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Midnapore, Bengal, British India
Died: December 5, 1963

Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy was a Pakistani statesman who served as the fifth prime minister of Pakistan from 1956 to 1957. A lawyer by profession, Suhrawardy played an important role in the Indian independence movement before the partition of India. Suhrawardy's influential role in the 1946 Calcutta Killings made him extremely unpopular in West Bengal, India. 

 30 Shaikh Rasheed Ahmad

Shaikh Rasheed Ahmad
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Birthdate: November 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rawalpindi

 31 Ashfaq Parvez Kayani

Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 20, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jhelum

 32 Ishaq Dar

Ishaq Dar
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Famous As: Economist, Financier, Politician
Birthdate: May 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lahore

 33 Shaukat Aziz

Shaukat Aziz.
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Pakistan
Birthdate: March 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Karachi

Shaukat Aziz is a Pakistani politician, former banker, and financier. He served as the 17th prime minister of Pakistan and was in the office August 2004 to November 2007. He was also the finance minister from 1999 to 2007.  His tenure brought about political stability and economic progress in Pakistan. He also oversaw the expansion of military reforms and police reforms. 

 34 Hafiz Muhammad Saeed

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed
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Famous As: Politician, Terrorist
Birthdate: March 10, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sargodha

 35 Shahnawaz Bhutto

Shahnawaz Bhutto
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 18, 1985

 36 Murtaza Bhutto

Murtaza Bhutto
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Larkana
Died: September 20, 1996

 37 Malik Ghulam Muhammad

Malik Ghulam Muhammad
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Famous As: Financier, Politician
Birthdate: April 20, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lahore
Died: September 12, 1956

 38 Ghulam Mustafa Khar

Ghulam Mustafa Khar
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Famous As: politician
Birthdate: 1937 AD
Birthplace: Kot Addu Tehsil

 39 Akbar Bugti

Akbar Bugti
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 12, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Barkhan
Died: August 26, 2006

 40 Shah Nawaz Bhutto

Shah Nawaz Bhutto
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Famous As: politician
Birthdate: 1888 AD
Died: 1957 AD

 41 Muhammad Mian Soomro

Muhammad Mian Soomro
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Famous As: politician,Prime Minister
Birthdate: August 19, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan

 42 Altaf Hussain

Altaf Hussain.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 17, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Karachi

 43 Muhammad Zafarullah Khan

Muhammad Zafarullah Khan
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: February 6, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sialkot, Pakistan
Died: September 1, 1985

 44 Farooq Leghari

Farooq Leghari
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 29, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Choti, Pakistan
Died: October 20, 2010

 45 Khawaja Muhammad Asif

Khawaja Muhammad Asif
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Famous As: Politician, Banker
Birthdate: August 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sialkot

 46 Muhammad Rafiq Tarar

Muhammad Rafiq Tarar
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: November 2, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ghakhar Mandi, Pakistan

 47 Muhammad Ali Bogra

Muhammad Ali Bogra.
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Pakistan
Birthdate: October 19, 1909
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bogra
Died: July 15, 1963

Muhammad Ali Bogra was a diplomat, politician, and statesman. He served as the prime minister of Pakistan from 1953 to 1955, during which he worked towards strengthening the bilateral relations between the United States and Pakistan. He also aimed at achieving peace with India by strengthening the military. Later in his career, he served as the foreign minister of Pakistan.

 48 Ghulam Ishaq Khan

Ghulam Ishaq Khan
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Famous As: Politician, Financier
Birthdate: January 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bannu District
Died: October 27, 2006

 49 Baitullah Mehsud

Baitullah Mehsud
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Famous As: politician
Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Bannu District
Died: August 5, 2009

 50 Syed Mustafa Kamal

Syed Mustafa Kamal
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Karachi