OUPakSoc Alumni Office
The Oxford University Pakistan Society has initiated a restructuring project of the society which has led to the formation of the OUPakSoc Alumni Office. In order to better serve the members of the OUPaksoc and enhance the communication and engagement between the alumni and the current students, the society will be updating the contact details of all its lifetime members and alumni. The restructuring project aims to mobilize the OUPaksoc alumnis throughout the world in this hour when Pakistan needs a collective response from the educated citizens.
Another important task which the Alumni Office handles is to determine alumnis determine their OUPakSoc membership status. Since past OUPakSoc records were never computerised and several paper lists and documentations have been lost over time, some member's names may be missing from newer lists. We have established this office to help alumni to determine their membership status. Please email us (below) if you are unsure of your membership status and our Alumni Office will try their best to help you.
Therefore, we request ALL OUPakSoc lifetime members and alumni (including those who were not lifetime members) take out two minutes to update your contact details by emailing email@example.com with your year of matriculation, membership status and contact details (including your current email address and phone number). All details will be kept strictly confidential.
Liaqat Ali KhanFirst Prime Minister of Pakistan
First Finance Minister of British India
Nawabzada Liaqat Ali Khan (1-Oct-1896 to 16-Oct-1951), an Oxford Alumnus, studied Law at Exeter College, Oxford. He joined Oxford in 1921 after graduating from Muhammedan Anglo-Oriental College (later known as Aligarh Muslim University), Aligarh. While a student at Oxford University, he was elected Honorary Treasurer of the Indian Majlis. Thereafter he joined the Inner Temple, one of the Inns of Court in London. He was called to the Bar in 1922. He was the first Finance Minister of the British India. Being a prominent member of the All India Muslim League, Liaqat Ali Khan played a vital role in the creation of Pakistan. He served as the First Prime Minister and the First Foreign Minister of Pakistan before he was shot dead at a public meeting of the Muslim City League at Municipal Park, Rawalpindi now known after him as "Liaqat bagh". Upon his death, He was given the honorific title of "Shaheed-e-Millat", or "Martyr of the Nation".
Imran KhanInternational Cricket All Rounder
MNA & Founder Tehreek-e-Inssaf Chancellor, Bradford University
Imran Khan studied Economics and Politics at Keble College, Oxford, in 1972, and was captain of Oxford's cricket team in 1974. He was declared international cricketer of the year in 1989-90 and led Pakistan to numerous victories, clinching the World Cup in 1992. Imran joined politics in 1996 and launched Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, the Pakistani Justice Movement. Among his social and welfare activities, he opened Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust Cancer Hospital, worked in earthquake striken areas of Pakistan and serves as a Special Representative of UNICEF and Imran Khan Foundation. Imran is Chancellor of Bradford University.
Huseyn Shaheed SuhrawardyFormer Prime Minister of Pakistan
Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy (Sept 8, 1892 to Dec 5, 1963) was a politician from Bengal in undivided India, and later in East Bengal, who served as the fifth Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1956 until 1957. Suhrawardy completed his undergraduate studies at St. Xavier's College, and completed a masters degree at the University of Calcutta. Afterwards, he moved to the United Kingdom to attend St Catherine's College, Oxford University from where he obtained a BCL degree. On leaving Oxford, he was called to the bar at Gray's Inn. He then started his practice at Calcutta High Court.
He was considered a favourite of Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He is also considered to be the first populist leader in Pakistan's history. He joined Awami League that Maulana Bashani formed and finally took ovrt the leadership from the Maulana. Awami League was the first opposition party in Pakistan those days against the Muslim League.
Zulfiqar Ali BhuttoFormer President of Pakistan
Former Prime Minister of Pakistan
Former Chairman Pakistan People's Party
Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (05-01-1928 to 04-04-1979), an Oxford Alumnus, studied Law at ChristChurch College, Oxford. Prior to his studies at Oxford, he did Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from University of California, Berkeley. He was the fourth President of Pakistan from 1971 to 1973 and as the ninth Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1973 to 1977. He was the founder of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the largest and most influential political party in Pakistan.
Benazir BhuttoFormer Prime Minister of Pakistan
Former Chairman Pakistan People's Party
Benazir Bhutto (21-05-1953 to 27-12-2007), an Oxford Alumnus, studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She was elected president of the Oxford Union, becoming the first Asian woman to head the prestigious debating society. Prior to her studies at Oxford, she did Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in comparative government from Harvard University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She became the first woman head of government in the Muslim world when she was elected prime minister of Pakistan in 1988. She was the first to be elected twice as the prime minister of Pakistan yet both of her tenures are only remembered as periods of corrupt, failed governments.
Sardar Farooq Ahmad Khan LeghariFormer President of Pakistan
Sardar Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari (born May 29, 1940) was the eighth President of Pakistan from November 14, 1993 until December 2, 1997. He was the first Baloch President of Pakistan.
After his initial schooling at Aitchison College, Lahore where he was the head boy and declared the Best Leaving Student of 1957. He graduated with honours from the Forman Christian College, Lahore, Punjab where again he was amongst the best students, he went on to study PPE at College Oxford University.
Tariq AliHistorian, novelist, filmmaker, political campaigner, and commentator
Tariq Ali (born 21 October 1943) is a British-Pakistani historian, novelist, filmmaker, political campaigner, and commentator. He did his undergraduate degree from Exeter College, Oxford, where he studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He was elected President of the Oxford Union, in 1965. He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review and Sin Permiso, and regularly contributes to The Guardian, CounterPunch, and the London Review of Books.
He is the author of several books, including Can Pakistan Survive? The Death of a State (1991) ,Pirates Of The Caribbean: Axis Of Hope (2006), Conversations with Edward Said (2005), Bush in Babylon (2003), and Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity (2002), A Banker for All Seasons (2007) and the recently published The Duel (2008)
Nawab Akbar Shahbaz Khan BugtiFormer Chief Minister of Balochistan
Nawab Akbar Shahbaz Khan Bugti (12-7-1927 to 26-8-2006) was the Tumandar (head) of the Bugti tribe of Baloch and served as Minister of State for Interior and Governor of Balochistan Province in Pakistan.
Nawab Akbar Bugti was elected in a by-election to the National Assembly of Pakistan in May 1958 to fill the vacancy created as a result of the assassination of the incumbent, Dr Khan Sahib, and sat on the government bench as a member of the ruling coalition. Bugti served as Minister of State (Interior) in the government of Prime Minister Malik Sir Feroz Khan Noon from September 20, 1958, to October 7, 1958.
Malik Amir Mohammad KhanFormer Governor of West Pakistan
Malik Amir Mohammad Khan (died 1967) also known as Nawab of Kalabagh (Urdu: نواب کالا باغ) was a prominent feudal lord, politician and the seventh nawab of Kalabagh state, in Mianwali District of north western Punjab, Pakistan. He was appointed Chairman Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation with the rank of a Central Minister in 1959, and subsequently Governor of West Pakistan on 12 April 1960 by Pakistan President General Ayub Khan.
An autonomous and harsh ruler with great administrative capabilities, the Nawab remained Governor of West Pakistan till September 18, 1966. He is considered a controversial figure by many historians. Although himself being an Aitchison College and then Oxford graduate, his policies were not education friendly. He strengthened the martial law government by his harsh tactics.
Fasi ZakaMedia Polymath
Born on 9 October 1976 to a Pakhtun family from Charsadda, Zaka received his elementary schooling in Peshawar where he stayed until he acquired his Bachelor's degree from Edwardes College in Peshawar and Master's degree from the University of Peshawar. Zaka is also a University of Oxford graduate funded as a Rhodes Scholar in the session 2001 - 03 from Somerville College where he was elected President of the MCR for Graduates.
Fasi Zaka is a television host,satirist, political columnist, radio talk show host, music critic, academic and Rhodes Scholar in Pakistan. He is recognized for being one of the few media polymaths in Pakistan with a successful presence in print, television and radio, he is a public intellectual who employs humourfrom a political and democratic perspective in his media forays. Because of this extensive presence, he was declared one of Pakistan's newsmakers of the year in 2006. Fasi Zaka also occasionally comments on the Pakistani media and politics to National Public Radio (NPR)
Wasim SajjadFormer Interim Prime Minister of Pakistan
Former Chairman of Senate
Sajjad was born on 30 March 1941 in Jalandhar, Punjab. He spent his childhood days at Army Burn Hall College, Abbottabad, from where he completed his O and A Levels. His father, the late Mr Justice Sajjad Ahmed Jan, served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and later as the Chief Election Commissioner. Wasim Sajjad would follow in his footsteps, becoming a lawyer, and attending Wadham College, Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship.
Wasim Sajjad was the interim President of Pakistan on two occasions, serving as interim President prior to elections. Currently, being a member of PML-Q, he is the Leader of the Opposition in Senate of Pakistan
Nafisa ShahMember of National Assembly, Womens Reserve Seat
Ms. Shah was born and raised in the metropolitan city of Karachi. She acquired her education at St. Joseph’s Convent School and Karachi Grammar School. Later, she pursued an undergraduate degree at a German University before finally paving her way to Oxford University. At Oxford, she earned a Master’s degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology.She is now enrolled as a PhD student.
She has been elected as MNA on women reserve seat. She is serving as Secretary, Ethics Committee PPPP.In recognition of her remarkable administration in an ‘exclusively male dominated domain’, she was nominated for the collective Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 – a rare accomplishment – and a first for a Pakistani woman.