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Who is Hina Rabbani Khar?

Dailybhaskar.com   |  Jul 28, 2011, 11:56AM IST

New Delhi: Amid tense bilateral relations, her charm has hit the headlines with her stepping on Indian land. Meet Pakistan’s youngest and first woman foreign minister, the 34-year-old Hina Rabbani Khar who is in India for peace talks.

Hina, who has inherited politics from her family, is a daughter of former Pak foreign minister Ghulam Noor Rabbani Khar and niece of Ghulam Mustafa Khar.

Rather her father drove Hina’s entry into politics, setting her on a different path from the hotel management career she had been pursuing with great zeal.

It’s because of her political roots that she has often been referred as the next Benazir of the Pakistan. After Benazir Bhutto, Hina is the next female face of Pakistan known world wide.

Born in 1977 at ‘Khar Gharbi’ village in Multan, Hina is the first woman to present the budget speech in national assembly on 13 June, 2009. A businesswoman by profession, Hina graduated from the Lahore University of Management Sciences. Hina also holds a Masters degree from the University of Massachusetts, USA- she has all that it takes to be a leader.

In 2008, she was named to the World Economic Forum’s list of young global leaders.

On a lighter side, Hina is a proud Pakistani and regards this very feeling as her most treasured asset. She is married to Feroze Gulzar, a businessman and enjoys riding, reading and travelling. She is also a member of the Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) Pakistan.

She is also one of the owners of the Polo Lounge, an upscale, popular restaurant located on the Lahore Polo Grounds.

It was in 2008, when Hina was elected as a Member of National Assembly (MNA) with a ticket from PPP from the constituency of Muzaffargarh, Punjab.

She served as a State Minister for Economic Affairs and Statistics as National Assembly member of PML-Q in 2003-07.

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