Famous Pakistani Political Leaders

Politics of any country is a reflection of its heritage, ideology and culture and Pakistan’s political system is no different. Having a distinctive combination of parliamentary, presidential and military system, Pakistan’s politics have been an embodiment of the country’s traditions and culture. A multi-party democracy, Pakistan has numerous parties who at different times have taken office and ruled the country through their varied governing methods. Pakistan has produced some of the world famous political leaders in the form of Liaquat Ali Khan, Muhammad Ayub Khan, Muhamad Zia ul Haq, Benazir Bhutto, Pervez Muharraf, Shaukat Aziz or current Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has taken office for a third time. Each of them and many others has exhibited strong nationalist emotions and has safeguarded Pakistan’s culture, either through democratic means or dictatorship. They all have been active in national politics and a central figure in the country’s administrative, political, economic and social reforms. They have moulded the country’s political institution to sync it with the significant advancement and modernization of the world. With this section, explore an extensive collection of biographies of some of the most popular Pakistani political leaders. Read in details about their life, works and career.

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 1 Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Muhammad Ali Jinnah
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Famous As: Founder of Pakistan
Birthdate: December 25, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Pakistani
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.

 2 Pervez Musharraf

Pervez Musharraf
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Birthdate: August 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Pakistani

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.

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 3 Maryam Nawaz

Maryam Nawaz
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Pakistani

 4 Liaquat Ali Khan

Liaquat Ali Khan
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Famous As: First Prime Minister of Pakistan
Birthdate: October 1, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Pakistani
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.

 5 Hina Rabbani Khar

Hina Rabbani Khar
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Famous As: Diplomat, Politician, Entrepreneur, Economist
Birthdate: November 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Pakistani

 6 Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Pakistani

 7 Mamnoon Hussain

Mamnoon Hussain
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Famous As: Politician, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: December 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Pakistani
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 8 Fatima Jinnah

Fatima Jinnah
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Famous As: Sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Birthdate: July 31, 1893
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Pakistani
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. 

 9 Ayub Khan

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

 10 Shehbaz Sharif

Shehbaz Sharif
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 23, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Pakistani

 11 Iskander Mirza

Iskander Mirza
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Famous As: Former President of Pakistan
Birthdate: November 15, 1899
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Pakistani
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.

 12 Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif

Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif
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Famous As: Pakistani Politician
Birthdate: 1950 AD
Nationality: Pakistani

 13 Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy

Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Pakistan
Birthdate: September 8, 1892
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Pakistani
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. 

 14 Murtaza Bhutto

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

 15 Yousaf Raza Gillani

Yousaf Raza Gillani
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Pakistani

 16 Akbar Bugti

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

 17 Aamir Liaquat Hussain

Aamir Liaquat Hussain
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Birthdate: July 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Pakistani

 18 Choudhry Rahmat Ali

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

 19 Malik Ghulam Muhammad

Malik Ghulam Muhammad
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Famous As: Financier, Politician
Birthdate: April 20, 1895
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: September 12, 1956

 20 Khawaja Nazimuddin

Khawaja Nazimuddin
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Pakistan
Birthdate: July 19, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Pakistani
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 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
Nationality: Pakistani
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.

 22 Ishaq Dar

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

 23 Jogendra Nath Mandal

Jogendra Nath Mandal
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 29, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: October 5, 1968

 24 Shaikh Rasheed Ahmad

Shaikh Rasheed Ahmad
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Birthdate: November 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Pakistani

 25 Hafiz Muhammad Saeed

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

 26 Ghulam Ishaq Khan

Ghulam Ishaq Khan
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Famous As: Politician, Financier
Birthdate: January 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: October 27, 2006

 27 Ghulam Mustafa Khar

Ghulam Mustafa Khar
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Famous As: politician
Birthdate: 1937 AD
Nationality: Pakistani

 28 Altaf Hussain

Altaf Hussain
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 17, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Pakistani

 29 Shahnawaz Bhutto

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

 30 Shah Nawaz Bhutto

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

 31 Khawaja Muhammad Asif

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

 32 Muhammad Zafarullah Khan

Muhammad Zafarullah Khan
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: February 6, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: September 1, 1985

 33 Farooq Leghari

Farooq Leghari
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Famous As: Diplomat, Politician
Birthdate: May 29, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: October 20, 2010

 34 Muhammad Ali Bogra

Muhammad Ali Bogra
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Pakistan
Birthdate: October 19, 1909
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Pakistani
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.

 35 Marvi Memon

Marvi Memon
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Famous As: politician
Birthdate: August 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Pakistani

 36 Syed Mustafa Kamal

Syed Mustafa Kamal
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Pakistani

 37 Wasim Sajjad

Wasim Sajjad
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: March 30, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Pakistani

 38 Abdul Hafeez Kardar

Abdul Hafeez Kardar
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: January 17, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: April 21, 1996

 39 Chaudhry Muhammad Ali

Chaudhry Muhammad Ali
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Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: July 15, 1905
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: December 2, 1980

 40 Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri

Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri
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Famous As: diplomat, politician, lawyer
Birthdate: June 18, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Pakistani

 41 Ameen Faheem

Ameen Faheem
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 4, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: November 21, 2015

 42 Abdul Aziz Ghazi

Abdul Aziz Ghazi
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Birthdate: 1960 AD
Nationality: Pakistani

 43 Nisar Ali Khan

Nisar Ali Khan
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 31, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Pakistani

 44 Shah Mehmood Qureshi

Shah Mehmood Qureshi
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Pakistani

 45 Munawar Hasan

Munawar Hasan
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: June 26, 2020

 46 Mian Jamshed Uddin Kakakhel

Mian Jamshed Uddin Kakakhel
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 31, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: June 3, 2020

 47 Syed Fazal Agha

Syed Fazal Agha
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1946 AD
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: May 20, 2020

 48 Shaheen Raza

Shaheen Raza
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1954 AD
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: May 20, 2020

 49 Allah Yar Ansari

Allah Yar Ansari
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 1, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: May 1, 2020

 50 Hussain Ahmad Kanjo

Hussain Ahmad Kanjo
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: May 24, 2020