At a glance: Educational Qualifications of PTI Politicians
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Pakistan Movement for Justice, PTI) was founded by Imran Khan as a socio-political movement on 25 April 1996 in Lahore, Pakistan. PTI began to grow slowly but did not achieve immediate popularity. Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf’s agenda envisions a modern Islamic republic that advocates individuals’ welfare through community co-operation. PTI wants to set Pakistan on a course to political stability, social harmony, and economic prosperity for all religious, ethnic and racial communities.
The party aims to create a welfare state, where the state is responsible for education, health and employability of citizens.
There is one common misconception that politicians need not to be educated. No, they need to. Such a criteria is very dangerous to the democratic system. We look at the list of the PTI leaders who have good educational qualifications and shall be serving Government of Pakistan at key positions.
Imran Khan, Chairman PTI
Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi was born in Mianwali on Nov 25, 1952. Khan considers himself to be from the family of Pathans as per his autobiography (Warrior Race: A Journey through the Land of the Tribal Pathans). Imran attended Aitchison College and the Cathedral School in Lahore until he finished middle school, then entered the Royal Grammar School, Worcester, before completing his formal schooling with an undergraduate degree in Economics from Keble College, Oxford. While at University, Imran Khan was also the captain of the Oxford University cricket team in 1974.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Senior Vice Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf
Qureshi is a prominent politician of Pakistan. Born on 22 June, 1956 at Murree. He belongs to a noble, religious and political family of Multan. Qureshi received his early education from Aitchison College, Lahore. He received a Bachelor’s degree in History from Forman Christian College and Master’s degree in Law and Politics from University of Cambridge (England).
Muhammad Azam Khan Swati
He has a degree of M.A. Economics & Political Science, LL.B, and LL.M of International Law from University of Houston. Doctorate in Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in 1990 and then passed Texas Bar and became Attorney-at-Law in Texas, USA.
Malik Amin Aslam, Senior PTI member
Malik Amin Aslam is a Pakistani politician with an interest in the environment. He is a self-professed environmentalist with a number of publications to his credit.
Aslam was elected in 2002 as the Member of National Assembly affiliated with Pakistan Muslim League (Q) from NA-57 (Attock-I) and served as the state minister for environment till 2007. During this period Malik Amin Aslam worked as the Prime Minister’s special envoy for reform of the UN governance system. Malik Amin Aslam has also the privilege of chairing the G77+China negotiations group and leading Pakistan’s climate change negotiations at various COP meetings.
Born in Karachi on November 27, 1966, Aslam got his early education from Aitchison College followed by BSc Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, in 1990, an MBA in Finance from McGill University in 1993 and an MSc in Environmental Management from Oxford University in 1996. He worked as a climate change expert consultant with the World Bank and United Nations focussing on development of climate change policies in various developing countries – Malawi, East Timor, Turkey and Uzbekistan. Before entering politics, he served as the member of National Environmental Advisory Board and the Environmental Protection Council. He continues to be a member of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1997. On Sep 13 2011 he was elected to serve on the governing council of International Union for Conservation of Nature for a four-year term in 2012.
Malik Amin Aslam after serving as the Global Vice President of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) has again got reflected as Regional Councillor for Asia (2016-2020) at the World Conservation Congress held in Hawaii (September 2016).
Jahangir Khan Tareen, Member Core Committee PTI
Born in 1953, Mr. Tareen received his early education from Saint Mary Rawalpindi, Sadiq Public School, Bahawalpur and stood for his matric and F. Sc. Exams from Karachi. He graduated from F.C. College in Lahore. Upon graduation, he proceeded to the United States of America for higher education and was awarded the degree of Masters in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina in 1974.
A firm believer in the importance of education, Mr. Jahangir Khan Tareen established Tareen Education Foundation (TEF) in 2010. TEF adopted 85 government schools (15,000 students) in District Lodhran, south of the Punjab. Main objective of this initiative has been to demonstrate that public schools, even in rural areas, can become centres of excellence where poorest of the poor can receive modern education with dignity and pride. TEF has spent Rupees 300 million during last six years on upgrading existing schools, construction of additional classrooms, provision of furniture, modern books, 200 teachers, 98 support staff, setting up libraries, restoring science and computer laboratories, training of teachers and introducing innovative programme of studies.
Shafqat Mahmood, Core Member PTI
Shafqat Mahmood was born on 19 February 1950. He completed his post graduation in Public Administration from Harvard University, United States of America in 1981. He also holds a master degree in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Southern California which he completed in 1987. He has served the civil services of Pakistan for about 12 years.
Arif Alvi, Chief Whip PTI, Secretary-General PTI, 2006 till 2013.
He acquired his BDS (Dentistry) from de’Montmonrency College of Dentistry and his Masters of Science degree in Prosthodontics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1975. He joined University of the Pacific, San Francisco, completing Masters of Science in Orthodontics in 1984.
Dr. Shireen Mazari, Core Member PTI
Dr Shireen Mazari studied at the London School of Economics and later received her PhD from Columbia University in Political Science. She joined Quaid-e-Azam University as an associate professor and later moved to head the university’s strategic studies department. In 2008, she joined Pakistan Tehreek E Insaf.
Iftikhar Durrani, Head CMD, Core Member
Durrani, has been an active member of various planning forums at Planning Commission of Pakistan and has represented Government of Pakistan in UN (44th CPD – Annual Population Conference) and in bilateral visits to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, China and Thailand. Authored as well as contributed in various government policies. Currently pursuing Doctorate degree in Government and Public Policy (GPP) from National Defence University (NDU) Islamabad. He is member visiting faculty of National Defence University (NDU) Islamabad and Quaid-e- Azam University (QAU) Islamabad. He had been in lead role at various government and private sector organizations.
He has also produced several research papers/reports and frequently contributes in print media.
Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, Core Member PTI
After completing his basic education in Pakistan, he proceeded abroad for higher studies. In 1963–67, he moved to Paris to attend Sorbonne University where he enrolled in Department of History where he took courses on French history, but took a transfer to University of Nice where he earned double BA with Cum laude in French history and Literature. He was called to the Bar from Gray’s Inn, London. On a lecture tour of the United States, he lectured at leading American Universities in their South Asian and Political Science Faculties. He was also the author of a report for the Government of Pakistan on how Pakistan Studies could be promoted at American Universities; large parts of his report were implemented by the government.
Dr. Yasmeen Rashid, Core Member PTI
She was born on 21 September 1950 in Chakwal, Punjab. In 1978, she did her MBBS from the Fatima Jinnah Medical University in Lahore. In 1984, she moved to the United Kingdom and enrolled in the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists from where she received a MRCOG degree in 1989 and a FRCOG degree in 1999. She then received a degree in FCPS from Karachi’s College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan.
She served as the President of the Pakistan Medical Association from 1998 to 2000. She served as President of Pakistan Medical Association, Lahore chapter from 2008 to 2010 and has been the chairperson of the Task Force Women Development, and chairperson of the Women Health Committee in Punjab.
She is a gynaecologist by profession and had served as the head of the obstetrics and gynaecology department at King Edward Medical University. She also worked in Rawalpindi Medical College, Fatima Jinnah Medical University and headed the Genealogy department of Central Park Medical College.
Faisal Javed, Core Member PTI
He served the party as Deputy Secretary Information, Head of Electronic Media Operations and Secretary Social Media previously.
Faisal Javed hails from the Pashtun tribe “Yousafzai Khankhel” and belongs to Swabi district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
An advertising/marketing specialist, broadcaster/producer by profession, Faisal has been associated with the field of production, advertising and media for past 17 years.
Faisal has led teams across different functions and produced over 300 Ad-campaigns and TV commercials including several award-winning campaigns for Pakistan’s leading brands namely Mobilink, Telenor, Easypaisa, Djuice, Jazz, Indigo and others.
Faisal also worked on some key positions in the advertising/media industry and helped launch some mainstream brands primarily in Telecom and Branchless banking sector.
He has also won multiple awards in campaign development and media management including PAS Campaign of the year award and Best Digital Campaign Award at the biggest advertising awards of Pakistan.
Aizaz Asif, Senior Member, PTI
Aizaz Asif is among the senior public policy/ finance and governance specialists in Pakistan with over 19 years of experience. He has worked with several national and international organisations in Pakistan which include UNDP, Asian Development Bank, European Union, DIA (USA & UK), Agha Khan Foundation, and Pakistan Centre for philanthropy. He has extensive knowledge of development, institutional capacity building and legislative frameworks pertinent to public policy, good governance and democratisation within the Pakistani and regional context. To his credit he has several policy and working papers written on issues ranging from Budget Procedures, Public Finance, Local Government, Parliamentary reform and strategic planning.
Dr. Aneesa Fatima, Senior Politician, PTI
Dr. Aneesa Fatima, Senior Politician PTI, Senior Vice President Insaf Welfare Forum Pakistan, member of central executive Committee Pakistan. A Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician by profession, Dr. Aneesa is also currently serving as Director Clinics TB Association of Pakistan.
Graduated from University of Faisalabad, Mr Sarwar obtained his Master’s degree from university of Glasgow.
Mr Sarwar accompanied Prime Minister Zulfkar Ali Bhutto for Simla Agreement in India in 1972 to ease the tensions between the two countries following the Indo-Pak war of 1971. In 1997, he was appointed as Chairman Parliamentary Special Committee on Kashmir by the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. He led Kashmir Committee composed of 26 MNAs from May 1997 to October 1999.
Note: – The information has been drawn from Pakistan tehreek I Insaf official website http://insaf.pk/public/insafpk/leadership, Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia and other web sources.