Tuesday 22nd February 2011, 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE
Speaker: Ahsan Iqbal
Chair: Athar Hussain
Pakistan’s geographical location has been considered strategic since its creation in 1947, but the world’s second-largest Muslim country is finding itself increasingly embroiled in controversy, with a host of problems that do not seem to be lessening. Is this a result of its internal dynamics, or of emerging trends in its foreign relations?
Mr Ahsan Iqbal is a senior politician and Member of Pakistan’s National Assembly. He is the current Information Secretary of the Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz, one of Pakistan’s two mainstream parties, and a potent political force in the country. He also briefly served as the Federal Minister for Education in 2009. Mr Iqbal studied at UET Lahore and holds an MBA degree from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, besides attending the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and the Oxford University Programme. He joined Muslim League- Nawaz, then known as Islami Jamhoori Ittehad, in 1988, and was elected to the National Assembly from Narowal in 1993, 1997 and 2008. He has additionally served as Deputy Chairman of the Pakistani government’s Planning Commission, and as Minister In-Charge of the Pakistan 2010 Development Programme during the PML-N’s 1997 to 1999 tenure.
Professor Athar Hussain is Director of the Asia Research Centre.
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