What you need to know about Hina Rabbani Khar

Published: July 18, 2011

Khar's appointment comes at a very important juncture of the country’s history, when its foreign policy appears shattered after being pulled in different directions.

After keeping the slot of Foreign Minister vacant for more than five months, the government has finally woken up and decided to appoint Hina Rabbani Khar as the next Foreign Minister of Pakistan. It will not be an alien territory for Ms Khar, as she has been performing her duties as the Junior State Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs till now. But, there will be an additional set of responsibilities that will come with the promotion.

Even though she is familiar with the portfolio, it will be very difficult to speculate, at this stage, how much she would be able to live up to. The primary reason for this is that we have not seen her much or heard much from her in these last few months, on our foreign policy – no wonder our foreign policy has been giving us an impression of a rudderless ship since late.

At the age of 34, Hina Rabbani Khar will be the youngest and first female Foreign Minister of Pakistan. Following are the things you would want to know about Ms Khar:

  • She hails from a political feudal family. She is the daughter of politician Malik Ghulam Noor Rabbani Khar and niece of former Governor Punjab Malik Ghulam Mustafa Khar.
  • Ms Khar is a LUMS graduate and did her MSc from University of Massachusetts in 2001.
  • She is a passionate trekker and has gone to Nanga Parbat and K2.
  • Before coming into politics, she was actively pursuing a career in Hotel Management and is also one of the owners of Polo Lounge, a famous restaurant in Lahore.
  • Ms Khar was State Minister for Economic Affairs and Statistics in Musharraf’s government and regarded Pervez Musharraf highly for his reforms.
  • She left PML-Q to join PPP during the 2008 elections.
  • In 2009, she became the first woman to present the budget in the National Assembly as Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs.
  • After Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s departure, in February 2011, she was appointed as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. Many sources argue that her initial appointment as a State Minister was made to groom her for the full-fledged job of the next Foreign Minister.
  • She believes in an evolutionary change in the foreign policy of Pakistan rather than a revolutionary one. In an interview to Wall Street Journal, while answering a question about civilians taking back the control of the army dominated Foreign Policy, she said, “there’s a real change in Pakistan for who’s responsible for what. But it’ll happen in an evolutionary way, not a revolutionary way.”
  • Before joining the foreign ministry, during her previous role, she had major interactions with various donor agencies. She has been a vocal supporter of all foreign aid channeling through government institutions.
  • She is eloquent, measures her words while she speaks, and takes her political career with serious passion.

Having said all that, it is a fact that Khar may not have the desired experience for this very important assignment, which will put her at times, locked with personalities such as Hillary Clinton, William Hague, Sergey Lavrov and SM Krishna. Her appointment comes at a very important juncture of the country’s history, when its foreign policy appears shattered after being pulled in different directions. The first challenge of her statesmanship will come after just a few days when she meets her Indian counterpart, 79-year-old SM Krishna, in New Delhi.

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Ali Baraan

Ali Baraan

A student of Foreign Policy based in Lahore, He writes on human rights and politics.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Fahad Raza

    there’s a real change in Pakistan for who’s responsible for what. But it’ll happen in an evolutionary way, not a revolutionary way.”
    In short our own Sarah Palin in the making…Recommend

  • salman

    she has got a strong cv and that is she belongs to ‘KHAR FAMILY’.
    this ‘skill’ is more than any qualification in PAKISTAN.
    long live Pakistan.
    Recommend

  • http://insidethegreycells.wordpress.com/ sidra

    an educated woman minister for a change. there is a glimmer of hopeRecommend

  • http://twitter.com/#!/needroos Syed Nadir El-Edroos

    The main issue is whether she will have the required independence to her job. If not, then foreign interactions will have little meaning, if people believe that she is just there to fill a cabinet seat while the decisions makers at GHQ and/or the presidency pull the strings. Recommend

  • Phatty

    Koi kuch bhi kahay, I really like the fact that she’s a woman and is young :D
    I can’t wait for her to succeed in this career.Recommend

  • marium khan

    She seems to have a way with ambiguous replies. With the appointment of a young junior member of staff the Pakistani government has once again proven it does not matter whos face is in the limelight, the foriegn policy will be dictated by the ruthless power hungry fiends be they here or elsewhere. The puppets are constantly being replaced, the words are being changed as times change, the policies will remain until the Truth is hailed. I await for the ummah to reunite under one Khilafat. Inshaa Allah. Recommend

  • http://www.tanzeel.wordpress.com Tanzeel

    Pakistan ka Allah HafizRecommend

  • http://www.facebook.com/noman.ansari Noman Ansari

    I am going to do the completely unPakistani thing, not be a cynic, and wish her the best. Recommend

  • seemab

    another achievement of LUMS undergrad………. Congrats to miss Rabbani on taking charge of Foreign Office Recommend

  • hasan

    This will work out better than Ijaz Butt PCB disaster. Watch few youtube videos of her speaking and it will not inspire much confidence. People then wonder why civil govts fail.Recommend

  • Syed Aliyazdan Raza

    Seems to be a forced decision rather than intentional. Her degrees and educations do not support her selection. She is quite inexperienced to sustain pressures as our foreign policies are dictated by USA. Presumably, she would be reacting to the advices of foregn masters and in the process would jeopardise her credibility. She is a young politician and deserves to be promoted in areas where she could freely demonstrate her true skills. Recommend

  • Anwar

    Finally someone educatedRecommend

  • nafisa

    No doubt Ms Khar is an asset for Pakistan.
    Very well written article Recommend

  • Mastishhk

    Before coming into politics, she was actively pursuing a career in Hotel Management ……Her new assignment is the PAKISTAN!Recommend

  • Fauzia Haider

    I think this position is a very important one and needed someone with more experience…..
    ….but you can’t compare her to Sarah Palin! Hina R Khar is far more qualified and educated than Sarah Palin.
    It is not a hard job to do because it is not the foreign office that makes foreign policy she will just be a pretty and educated figure head of Ministry of foreign affairs. She just has to go out and defend whatever our foreign policy is and i am sure she can do that well.Recommend

  • Salman Arshad

    The Foreign Minister only has to be puppet of the military, which is not a difficult skill to acquire.Recommend

  • syra

    a women , always part of establishment , be it PML(Q) goverment or PPP goverment..
    so all you need is good links in Islamabad Establishment, no matter who so ever is in power , you are a minister !
    get goin Ms Rabbani Recommend

  • Wish

    Cingragulations to Hina Rabbani. Mubarak ho. She will pleasantly surprise all critics, Inshallah!Recommend

  • Amjad

    She was an undistinguished politician under the dictator Musharraf. The fact that she served under dictatorship should be enough to disqualify her. She proves that she does not believe in the constitution and rule of law when she supported a dictator.Recommend

  • Majid Ur Rehman

    What is this DP of Ali Baraan. ET you are promoting smoking?Recommend

  • Joginder

    You say “The first challenge of her statesmanship will come after just a few days when she meets her Indian counterpart, 79-year-old SM Krishna, in New Delhi.”
    Challenge??? Sm Krishna is widely regarded as a fused bulb here (in India). OT The ruling dynasty likes to keep fused bulbs around itself to appear brighter than the rest.Recommend

  • http://guldaan.wordpress.com/ Hamza Balouch

    Before coming into politics, she was actively pursuing a career in Hotel Management and is also one of the owners of Polo Lounge, a famous restaurant in Lahore.

    From hotel to state department… good jump :DRecommend

  • Noble Tufail

    Yes to her assignment as Foreign Minister. it is bit unusual and perhapes risky .. but she seems like somone with the potential to live up to the challenge. Good Luck Hina. Recommend

  • http://India Feroz

    Let us wish this lady all the luck in the World for this new assignment. The Foreign Minister of the country has so far been a glorified postman who keeps passing unpleasant messages to foreign interlocutors and missions abroad, without any power or authority to force change.
    Let us hope this lady can do what others could not. Sincere Best Wishes !Recommend

  • http://www.twitter.com/yasiiiboy Yasir Khokhar

    Good Luck Hina, She seems to be best-fitting for the post (Y)Recommend

  • Maqsood Ali Khan

    First Pakistan needs to enunciate our strategic interests and evolve our long term foreign policy. Ms Hina needs a lot of grooming to be able to cope with international heavy weights in foreign affairs of other countries.If need be we may consider to induct some of our former members of the foreign service who have a global understanding of the dynamics of relationships in international relations.Recommend

  • Ali

    She is promising young lot, self beleive is half done.Recommend

  • Irshad Khan

    Most important is that she belongs to a Feudal family and thus shall be promoting/safeguarding their interests and will also try to obtain favours/facilities to rule this country, through foreign powers by virtue of being FM. As far as her academic qualifications are concerned, there might be persons in thousands, having similar or better qualifications, most of whom are compelled to do jobs in other countries, as they had no refences of any fuedal, sardar or strong tribe, written with his name, to get a good repectable job in this country.Recommend

  • parvez

    With PPP’s track record it could have been a Jamsheed Dasti type !!!
    She’s young, literate and presentable. I hope she likes to read – lets wish her well.Recommend

  • Lord J

    im okay with PPP govt if they keep bringing more gorgeous women ministers and politicians. need to change the fed Interior minister tooRecommend

  • Zia A

    the same old legacy nonsense. Might as well call themselves nobles lords and barons, and be done with it.Recommend

  • Fazl Hussain

    Miss Khar is a responsible person ,we have seen her 5 years tenure in Musharaf’s government.she has not been involved in any mega corruption scandal…we should give her a chance to strengthen the foreign relation .she has a potential to prove herself.wish her Good luck.Recommend

  • Fazl Hussain

    We don’t have any other options .She is a competent woman.who was learning being minster of stare for foreign relations.she has potential to prove her skills.Recommend

  • MKH

    LUMS grad.. :DRecommend

  • Mudassir

    @hasan:

    Watch few youtube videos of her speaking and it will not inspire much confidence.

    At least she looks more confident than our former FM, Mr. Shah Mahmood Qureshi.Recommend

  • Cynical

    Apart from her impressive c.v she looks gorgeous. I am sure she will melt many a heart in the foreign diplomatic circle.Recommend

  • Ishrat Salim

    She cud not defend the govt economic & financial policies during her stint as State minister for Econimic affairs in this govt…..listen & watch her TV talk show with Mr Luqman….& we expect her to stand shoulder to shoulder with 79 years old Mr Sharma – FM of India….?? She is too young & inexperience for such an important assignment….we need a very agrressive & bold FM…not a timid person of Ms Khar personality….the last show of her with Mr Talat few weeks back is an ample evidence of her capability to carry forward with such an important ministry….she is not capable as FM….?? this is the reason for our continued downfall….can we compare her with towerring figures like ZAB,Shahibzada Yakub Khan,Aziz Ahmed ,Shoaib Ahmed, Mehmood Kasuri & Shah Mehmood to name a few…?? when the whole world scenario has transformed wherein we need more agressive & bold personality – where does Ms Hina stands. Recommend

  • adnan

    she is quite attaractive Recommend

  • Pradeep

    @Ishrat Salim – FM of India is Mr S.M.Krishna. He does have an impressive CV, having been Chief Minister and Governor of Indian provinces before becoming FM, not to mention the fact that he is a Fulbright scholar.However young blood might infuse some vigor into tired old negotiations between the two countries. Fingers crossed. All the best Ms.KharRecommend

  • masom

    sighhhhh…That was expected.another wrong appointee .Recommend

  • Tanoli of karachi.

    in the west all ways muslims women are symbol of oppressed they dont see these women.Recommend

  • Abbas from the US

    @marium khan: (who waits for one Khilafat)

    Will the eventual new Khalifa be elected, nominated or will be someone like Amir ul Momineen Mullah Umar (who took power by force and donning the fabled gown of the prophet in Kandahar).Recommend

  • Abbas from the US

    The young lady deserves good wishes from all who would wish to see Pakistan find a sensible direction rather than this rudderless wondering around.Recommend

  • Salman

    I believe she will be a success in her new assignment. Close relatives of all the Shaikhs in Middle Eastern mini-kingdoms are given foreign posts as ambassadors and ministers and they manage o.k. Hina is an educated, shrewed, and pragmatic (bordering on opportunistic) lady and has all the prospects of succeeding. Much of the work is done by Foreign Ministry officials on Secretary level and the Foreign Minister is like the CEO of the Ministry. I will bet dollars to donuts that she will do an impressive job. Plus it will also deflate the egomaniac invincibility of Shah Mehmood Qureshi that he was indispensable. Kudos to Zardari for taking a risk on this young woman and placing her in such an important assignment.Recommend

  • Bingo

    Wish, she pay tax as well. Recommend

  • Abbas from the US

    @Tanoli of karachi.:

    in the west all ways muslims women are symbol of oppressed they dont see these women.

    Even Western women have to encounter glass ceilings. As for Ms Khar she willingly still dons and accepts symbols of oppression. Recommend

  • shahid

    Ms Khar looks to be a promising young lady. But dilemma of our country is that it has given its reigns to some unseen foreign hands who play vital role in setting our foreign policy. How can you set your foreign policy when you have a beggar’s bowl clutching in your hands, unwilling to leave it in any circumstances. To me this seems just a mask changing political ritual which is good for nothing. We Pakistanis should not pin our hopes on a couple of individuals unless transparency and fair game reigns supreme. Recommend

  • Shahid3

    Not the first time that an “educated” — that too at celebrated foreign universities — feudal in their early 30s has been appointed Foreign Minister. The trouble with these wise-alecks is that having been “laterally inducted” into their high post, i.e. not having come through a long and tortuous climb through the rough and tumble of either a professional or political career — they are unknowns whose character flaws will only become apparent when their capacity to do either good or harm is great (“Nearly all men” — and now women who have gone “native” in the mould of men, e.g. Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, etc. — ”can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”). They say the past is another country, but not everywhere:

    I would like to take this opportunity to reassure you of my imperishable and devoted loyalty to you. Exactly four months before the death of my late father, he had advised me to remain steadfastly loyal to you, as you were ‘not an individual but an institution’. For the greater good of my own country, I feel that your services to Pakistan are indispensable. When the history of our country is written by objective historians, your name will be placed even before that of Mr Jinnah. Sir, I say this because I mean it and not because you are the president of my country…If I have the conviction and courage to enter into a dispute with a former prime minister I do not think I could be guilty of the charge of flattery.

    From a letter sent to President Major-General Iskander Mirza by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, in April 1958, from Geneva, where he was leading the Pakistan delegation to the United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea.Recommend

  • Sumbal Waheed

    I think she’s a brilliant woman. LUMS graduate, MSc from university of Massachusetts, Loves trekking and is owner of a famous restaurant.. what more could you want for a Pakistani government official. She can definitely prove to be a nice one… been working as junior state minister for the ministry of foriegn affairs and has some experience, was appointed as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs once.. Let’s hope for the best.. but another disappointment won’t be that shocking.Recommend

  • shoaib

    dear all
    i think some thing better then nuthing so i vote hina.Recommend

  • MK

    This Ministry should be given to someone very MATURE & experiencedRecommend

  • Umer Ali

    Or may be Ms. Khar could get things straight ;)
    Mr Krishna, prepare well :P
    Hilary you are gonna have a tough time now ;DRecommend

  • Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,Karachi

    She is one girl who gives me goosebumps. Now Hina is FM there will be no wars. She will win the other country over.Recommend

  • Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,Karachi

    I feel for 79-year-old SM Krishna when Hina meets and shakes his hand. I want to see the look.Recommend

  • PhD Student

    we do not need to know anything about hina rabbani khar as she is not that much important and someone else will repllace in just days time and then we would need to know that new personRecommend

  • wahab

    masichutius university..WOWRecommend

  • yasir mehmood

    i hope she enjoys her foreign trips.Recommend

  • Tanoli of karachi.

    @ Abbas fro, u.s.a they dont even spare mrs anthony wiener u know who she is .Recommend

  • Tanoli of karachi.

    oye all after all she is looking cute.Recommend

  • Mehlub

    Everything is cool about her, but the fact that she represents a party that has done nothing less than devastating Pakistan, i would say makes her resume automatically fall short to represent Pakistan in front of the world.
    Ms Khar, we truly believe in you but please do not let us down by following your political association’s path. If you smell something fishy, its better to follow the steps of your predecessor.Recommend

  • LohanaG

    @Hamza Baloch & Mastishkk: Yes! she was doing Hotel Management. But, in between that and her appointment as Foreign Minister, she came to the political scene and spent a good five years or so in the parliament and its not a straight jump as you people said. Stop being overly cynical!!!Recommend

  • Shahid Iqbal

    Good try as a woman .Foregin country qualifiation and some knowledge of ministry of foregin affairs and she gets more experience as when will be on this full flash post.As due to current situation of our country woman is best to travel for recognition of Pakistan ,and INSHA ALLAH will better for our country .Why i am saying about woman.Because in world mostly developed counties our images are very bad for treating with women .Like fight and throw acid,women can not work with man ,woman should cover her body and face and many more .As i am Canada and talk and see and listen news .Therefore its best and good luck for Mrs Kher and for Pakistan.Recommend

  • Abbas from the USA

    @Tanoli of karachi.:
    @ Abbas fro, u.s.a they dont even spare mrs anthony wiener u know who she is

    Sure I do and have met Ms Abedin when she was Hillary’s aide when Hillary was running for President, at a Presidential debate.

    However she appears to be a modern feminist and has chosen motherhood as a first priotity and is no longer on the political career path. She did all right till she met Congressman Weiner. Recommend

  • Cynical

    She is awsome.She is by far the prettiest foreign minister ever. Recommend

  • Shahid3

    Not the first time that an “educated” — that too at celebrated foreign universities — a feudal in their early 30s has been appointed Foreign Minister. The trouble with these wise-alecks is that having been “laterally inducted” into their high post, i.e. not having come through a long and tortuous climb through the rough and tumble of either a professional or political career, they are unknowns whose character flaws will only become apparent when their capacity to do either good or harm is great (“Nearly all men” — and now women who have gone “native” in the mould of men, e.g. Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, etc. — ”can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”). They say the past is another country, but not everywhere:

    I would like to take this opportunity to reassure you of my imperishable and devoted loyalty to you. Exactly four months before the death of my late father, he had advised me to remain steadfastly loyal to you, as you were ‘not an individual but an institution’. For the greater good of my own country, I feel that your services to Pakistan are indispensable. When the history of our country is written by objective historians, your name will be placed even before that of Mr Jinnah. Sir, I say this because I mean it and not because you are the president of my country…If I have the conviction and courage to enter into a dispute with a former prime minister I do not think I could be guilty of the charge of flattery.

    From a letter sent to President Major-General Iskander Mirza by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, in April 1958, from Geneva, where he was leading the Pakistan delegation to the United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea.Recommend

  • Maria

    one should also appreciate her good dressing sense.. her Birkin Bags are always talk of the town….
    this lady got the taste !Recommend

  • Maxi

    Good Pick! Don’t talk about her credentials coz whole pandora box is filled up with even people with worst credentials sitting on key positions. Let us give he chance to shine :)

    Btw, No matter whoever becomes Foreign Minister, our policies are formulated by our masters. these ministers do nothing but paper pushing.Recommend

  • Ziber16

    i wish pakistan approves a policy of appointing and selecting ministers in competitive programs open for general public, same as Kaun banay ga Meera Patti. The program can be named “kaun banay ga rashtar patti”

    This way we canhave LUMs graduates in the position, with no affiliation to feudals and farmers:)Recommend

  • Ba Ha

    No clear majority: Appointment rejectedRecommend

  • http://none vikash

    its good decision taken by governmentRecommend

  • zafarhasan.reza

    I have experience of working in a Ministry with the lady Minister. She has exceptional qualities of knowledge, experience and managing the external economic and financial affairs.International organizations feel comfortable in dialog with her as Minister. I think she is not only the youngest but one of the ablest Ministers in present Cabinet.I hope she will be the successful Foreign Minister of Pakistan. Recommend

  • oozy

    Never trust a woman. Back in the good ol’ days women couldn’t vote and now look what’s happening. Recommend

  • aafat

    She certainly may have the potential to be an effective foreign minister.
    Only problem is that she’s part of THIS particular political dispensation – which is PATHETIC and a MAJOR DISASTER for the country. *
    I hope she can somehow override the crap environment that this dispensation has gifted to Pakistan.
    THAT would be the real test.Recommend

  • Tanoli of karachi.

    @ Abbas from u.s Bro i used to live in queens new york and spend ten year on the streets of boro of queens
    i met those peoples i know every thing what u trying to say woman can only be modren if
    she wear jeans or bikini man there r some great ladies in the world who did not secrificees
    there cultural values big example is miss benazir bhutto shaheed (B.B) & I salute them. &
    please dont be too mushy in every coloume.Recommend

  • Humayun

    Do we have a choice here? Am more interested in performance than pwrsonalityRecommend

  • Azhar

    @seemab:

    do u think that her achievements are because of LUMS or because of her strong political familyRecommend

  • Abbas from the US

    @Tanoli of karachi.:
    Bro i used to live in queens new york and spend ten year on the streets of boro of queens
    i met those peoples i know every thing what u trying to say woman can only be modren if
    she wear jeans or bikini man there r some great ladies in the world who did not secrificees
    there cultural values big example is miss benazir bhutto shaheed (B.B) & I salute them. &
    please dont be too mushy in every coloume.

    Wear Jeans and Bikinis, hardly!!!!!!!!!
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dresses demurely yet elegantly. As I said earlier even Western societies have an invisible glass ceilings to the ambition of women. The last American election and the progressive Democratic Party’s contribution to it, was about which disadvantaged group deserved more to be recognised, the American woman who achieved voting rights in 1920, or the African American male who did not achieve the same right till the American South grudgingly backed off and accepted this in the 1960′s

    Conservative Pakistan is a male dominated world.
    Benazir was definately mentally liberated. She may have covered herself fashionably with the intent of satisfying a very conservative electoral constituency. She could make eye contact with any man to make an emphatic political point. With Ms Khar I have not seen enough videos to see how she conducts herself in public and diplomatic exchanges, but for her to demonstrate the acquired mental liberation an assertiveness is definately not visible in the photographs.
    After all her rise to this position has more to do with her feudal family background rather than winning a hands on electoral process which Benazir so ably demonstrated in 1988.

    living in the US does not guarantee a progessive outlook towards women. I have seen very young men from Pakistan who have come to the US with an accepting attitude towards women.Recommend

  • Tanoli of karachi.

    @ Abbass how many times there is woman president in america & what do u means by
    progressive in pakistan where i am from we have 90% girls are educated in university level
    and lot of them working dont look it every body with western glases.Recommend

  • http://djdurrani.blogspot.com Saad Durrani

    While wishing her good luck, I believe Hina would be an easy one to “boss around.”Recommend

  • Jahan

    The younger generation in Pakistan has suffered and continues to suffer. Due to this rude awakening they have become more proactive and concerned about their future in Pakistan. The youth is ambitious and willing to take charge of their future and Hina Rabbani is a ‘Great Role Model’ for the younger generation to take the leadership challenge and role for the prosperity and future of Pakistan. Also she is a great role model for women and demonstrates how education can not only uplift but be very promising. Welcome Hina Rabbani!Recommend

  • zia

    A stupid choice for a very serious business, GHQ is installing its puppet to discourage any civilian interference in foreign policy. Recommend

  • zia

    @Jahan:
    sorry sir hina rabbani khar does not represent the youth of Pakistan, she is a representative of corrupt elite class who has enslaved the our country. Recommend

  • Meekal Ahmed

    Ms Khan was unexceptionable in the economic portfolio she held and will be mostly remembered delivering a budget speech in a monologue with her eyes wide-open like a deer staring at headlights. I don’t think she understood a word of what she was saying in a speech prepared by a babu. It was embarrassing to watch.

    Imagine someone majoring in Hotel Management being a Minister of State for Economics & Statistics. If I am not wrong that is a new position created out of nowhere by our most recent Dictator, Mushy-Wushy.

    Now she is in the Foreign Office at a most difficult time for the couontry. She MAY do a credible job if she has good advisors and sticks to her prepared brief. Neither is assured. On the other hand, she could say something off-hand and stupid and cause India and Pakistan to start assembling their nuclear weapons.

    On the bright side there are only a few months before the next elections. Recommend

  • Abbas from the US

    @Tanoli of karachi.:

    @ Abbass how many times there is woman president in america & what do u means by
    progressive in pakistan where i am from we have 90% girls are educated in university level
    and lot of them working dont look it every body with western glases.

    So what are you suggesting that Pakistan is more progressive since it has already had a woman in the top leadership role as compared to the US? Never mind the fact that the army stepped in behind the scene to bring down her government after a short duration each time.

    America where Christianity prevails in politics and shares with Islam a history of misogynists in its written scriptures may be behind in political development but other European countries where religion has been relegated to a secondary role have produced several strong women in Europe. Chanceller Merkel, Prime Minister Thatcher to name a couple. Even the one Jewish state has managed to produce a strong

    It is not only Pakistan, but all the major players in the subcontinent that have had women in top tier of leadership, Bandarnaike, Begum khaleda Zia, Begum Hasina Wajid, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, President Pratibha Patil, Sonia Gandhi (Power in the background) and off course the Indian Chief Ministers some of them adminstering populations larger than Pakistan like Chief Minister Mayawati, besides Jayalalithaa Jayaram and more. The answer may lie in the roots we share with the same people in the Subcontinent, where the Indians by habit are conditioned to idealize female authority figures and elevate them to the status of demigods. By the way I hope you don’t find my argument colored by the view thru westernized lenses.Recommend

  • Tanoli of karachi.

    @ abbas i got it man chill peace.Recommend

  • Lahore wich Thirty Lacks in your Pocket

    Pakistan’s Foreign Policy is now a hot air balloon: Women Emancipation and Youth Empowerment are two immediate outcomes of our foreign policy. I salute, respect our Foreign Minister Ms Hina Rabanni Khar!

    LUMS is a TOP Research-oriented university with a highly ranked Social Science and Economics Program. Hina Khar has enough theoretical brain hemorrhaging caused by Social Science courses that make one bias free, and confident enough to transfer a Punch in Hilary’s Face or Hauge’s Face or SM Krishna’s rather Darker Face. Hina’s feudal family background gives her enough training in negotiation, as she is trained for extended family feuds (diplomacy) and land disputes (sovereignty). But most importantly, in the Pakistani job market, it’s the “experience” that counts, and she has tons of Musharraf era experience, so she’s our best fresh from the bakery shelf bet!Recommend

  • rizwan ahmed

    Who says she is qualified? Just because she can speak english does not mean she is educated what will she do when she visits the Arab countries be exposed for not able to understand nor speak the language. Also she has no wisdom at all and she is hated in many countries. Pakis should be ashamed.Recommend

  • Kinzah

    she is NOWHERE close to Sarah Palin…im not a fan of the govt…but i certainly cant say that she deserves such an insult…but having said that…things need to happen and with her educational background im hoping this would work just fine..Recommend

  • Anand

    HINA RABBANI KHAR

    It should be possible to build beyond Confidential Building Measures (CBM) because she seems to be such a terrific lady. For example, one of the most precious universal gifts that Pakistan and India share is Classical Music. Countless compositions, Methodology and style of playing music and singing music have disappeared in the hostility between our countries. To keep this oral tradition alive, we must make music teaching and playing as free of bureaucracy as possible. If we don’t let the flowers of sound grow and flourish in both Pakistan and India, what we face is a musical desert. Remember, once our common tradition disappears, it will be impossible to bring it back because the musical culture in south Asia is common to only Pakistan and India.

    It is unbelievable that just within our borders in Kutch, Punjab and so on… there are pockets of musicians who are simply separated by a historical event from their families and traditions and have not seen them since Partition. They stoically carry on some of the rarest traditions of music and folk art with very little support from anywhere.

    Supporting cross border exchanges among ordinary people and not simply stars would make great ambassadors for peace, understanding, fellowship and acceptance of each nation.Recommend

  • http://blogs.tribune.com.pk K H

    Hina is very cute,educated,responsible person.Recommend

  • Amir

    people who are saying “finally educated minister” read up on Shah Mehmood Qureshi…….FM of pakistan are almost always very highly educated and experienced politicians……..not someone who graduated from college only a few years ago.Recommend

  • Muhammad Jalil

    Who is who, what is what!!!

    A Business graduate took oath as foreign minister????
    The dilemma of Pakistan, she is cute, educated, maybe has got a good brain, but not fit/appropriate for the said job. “A right person at wrong place” I would say.

    Muhammad Jalil
    M.A (International Relation)KU
    From Hunza(based in Gilgit)Recommend

  • Muhammad Jalil

    Who is who, what is what!!!

    A Business graduate took oath as foreign minister????
    The dilemma of Pakistan, she is cute, educated, maybe has got a good brain, but not fit/appropriate for the said job. “A right person at wrong place” I would say.Recommend

  • asim

    Gud Luck HRK and Gud Luck Pakistan :Recommend

  • http://zuberahmed.blogspot.com Zuber Ahmed Khan

    Peace talks are going forward in the right direction. Mr. G.K. Pillai’s anxiety is not appreciated, he is looking little worried about the meeting of Pakistan’s new Foreign Minister Ms. Hina Rabbani with the Hurriat leaders. Mr. G.K. Pillai’s contention that Ms. Mina should have met with the Chief Minister of Kashmir rather than to the Hurriat leaders. Chief Minister of Jammu is not the spoke person of people of Kashmir, he is the puppet of Government of India, he can not resolve the problems of the people of Kashmir. The Chief Minister of Kashmir will speak the language which has been feed up by the Government of India. The representative of the people of Kashmir is only Hurriat because they can speak truth. Hurriat can show the ground situation of people of Kashmir. That is why Indian Government labelled Hurriat as the traitor. Ms. Hina Rabbani gone to meet Hurriat leaders because Pakistan wanted to resolve the Kashmir issue with utmost sincerely. Recommend

  • Lahori

    @sidra:
    eduacted yes but in the wrong field!! She is MSc in Hospitality and Tourism. Not the required “education” for a Foreign Minister!!!!!Recommend

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/asad-durrani/ Asad

    if she would have been from a “Mango Family” I would have supported her. I can’t own these Feudal Politicians anymore.

    For people who think her being educated, yes she is, but Benazir Bhutto, Shaukat Aziz, Shah Mehmood and many other politicians are also educated but they are looters as well.Recommend

  • Rameez

    @sidra:
    even benazir bhutto was highly educated, what good did that do?Recommend

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/asad-durrani/ Asad

    I would have truly supported her if she’d been from Normal Family Background. She belongs to a feudal family and I cant take any feudal as my leader anymore.

    For those who think her being educated, yes she is, but Benazir Bhutto, Shah Mehmood Qureshi and many other politicians are educated and they are looters as well. Recommend

  • Ali_Mahr

    Very encouraging views i have seen here for HRK who is capable enough of running the affairs as she can be good option in available stuff in the Parliament. She is well-educated and groomed enough that she can face any pressure in meetings where our FM needs to keep nerves to emphasize on our interests. Recommend