Hina Rabbani Khar seems to have it all. She is an important political leader in a country where few women have risen, she belongs to one of the least developed parts of Pakistan but has had access to a privileged education. She is young and exceptionally good looking. she was born to wealth, married a rich man and has two daughters. Abroad she became the glamorous face of a country mistakenly known for its bearded extremists while at home she served as a reminder that women could rise to the top despite the best efforts of a chauvinist, conservative culture.
Hina got a B.Sc (Honors) degree in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences and a Master’s degree in hospitality management from the University of Massachusetts in the US before turning businesswoman. A venture in orchids was short-lived and Hina now is a co-owner of a restaurant in Lahore called the Polo Lounge. Her husband is a textile baron who she met at the university.
Hina was born in Multan in November 1977 in a feudal, political family. She is one of eight siblings. Her father is a veteran Pakistan politician Ghulam Noor Rabbani Khar; her uncle, the more famous Ghulam Mustafa Khar who was once Governor of Punjab and with whom Hina did not share warm ties.
She stepped into politics at the young age of 24, her advent made necessary by circumstances. In 2002, her father could not contest elections because a new law required all candidates to hold university degrees. He didn’t have one, but daughter Hina did and she was elected as member parliament. By 2005, she was a junior minister. In 2009 Hina as Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs Division, became the first woman ever to present Pakistan’s Finance Budget.
In February 2011, Ms Khar became junior minister for Foreign Affairs and in July 2012, she took over as the Federal Minister, the youngest and first woman foreign minister in Pakistan. Soon after her appointment, Ms Khar visited India and dazzled people as much with her refined oratory as her with her appearance. Much newsprint was devoted to her partiality for her Birkin handbags and pearls, her views on Indo-Pak ties somewhat got lost in the bargain. That debate however has paled before what Hina Rabbani Khar is having to deal with right now. Mrs Khar can politically ill-afford recent rumors gone viral; that link her romantically with Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the torchbearer of the powerful Bhutto-Zardari family, the son of Pakistan’s President and co-chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party. He is 23, 11 years her junior.