Former Members

Orya Maqbool Jan

orya_maqbOrya Maqbool Jan is presently working as Director General, Sustainable Development of the Walled City Project in Lahore after having served  in various important positions including  Executive Director ECO, Cultural Institute Tehran and Information Secretary to the Punjab Government. He is a renowned intellectual and has been regularly contributing in the field of literature, poetry and play writing along with his professional assignments in Teaching, Management, Policy Making, and Administrative areas during his distinguished career. He also regularly contributes to the National Media and  has received numerous national awards, including the best Urdu columnist in 2004.

Tanvir Ahmad Khan

Tanvir Ahmad KhanTanvir Ahmad Khan is a former career diplomat who rose to the position of Foreign Secretary of the Government of Pakistan. During his distinguished career he served as ambassador to a number of countries including France, Russian Federation, Bangladesh, Czechoslovakia and Iran, and as the non-resident ambassador to Ireland and Finland. Before he served as ambassador, he also held senior positions in London, UK,  Bonn, West Germany and Kabul, Afghanistan. Tanvir Ahmad Khan has also served as the Director General and Chairman of the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad. He is a regular contributor to the National and International media and has to his credit over 500 articles published in newspapers and journals.

Dr. Anwar Siddiqui

Dr. Anwar Siddiqui is the President of International Islamic University Islamabad. After completing his doctorate from the University of South California, he has held several key positions in research, educational and training institutions at home and abroad. He has authored two books on Management and has contributed in standard journals through a number of research articles.

Asad Durrani

Asad DurraniMr. Asad Durrani is leading security and defence analyst and commentator on regional and international military and humanitarian issues. He has held key positions in Pakistan Army including director generalship of Military Intelligence (MI) and Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and command of National Defence College. After his retirement from Army he was appointed ambassador of Pakistan to the Federal Republic of Germany and later to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik is one of the most prominent literary figures of the country. He carries 44 years teaching and research experience and has taught at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad; Columbia University, New York; University of Heidelberg and Humboldt University, Berlin Germany and Saint Petersburg University, Russia. Currently he is Chairman of National Language Authority which is an autonomous institution established to support the advancement and promotion of Urdu. He has authored and edited a number of books and research articles. He is member of advisory and governing boards of a number of educational and literary organizations and universities. He has been awarded with star of excellence (Sitara-e-Imtiaz) by the Government of Pakistan in recognition of his services in the field of literature.

Mufti Ghulam-ur-Rahman

Mufti Ghulam-ur-Rahman is leading religious scholar and academician. He is widely respected for his sound and well-grounded opinions on traditional and contemporary debates. Besides imparting religious knowledge and disseminating virtues among public he has held various positions in advisory and consultative capacity. He has served as the Chairman of Council for Enforcement of Shariah established by provincial government of NWFP and Chairman of NWFP Commission for Higher Education. He is member of Shariah Supervisory Board of The Bank of Khyber and Editor of Monthly Al-Asr.

Iftikhar Arif

Iftekhar ArifMr. Iftikhar Arif is leading scholar, renowned poet and intellectual. He is  former Chairman of Pakistan Academy of Letters and has also served actively in the official endeavors for promotion of culture and literature. His poetic works have been widely published and portions have been translated into English, Russian, German, Persian, Hindi and other languages. He has been decorated with Crescent of Distinction (Hilal-e-Imtiaz) and Star of Excellence (Sitara-e-Imtiaz) and presidential Pride of Performance awards. A number of theses have also been written on his poetry and personality by post-graduate students in various universities of Pakistan.

Dr. Mahmood-ul-Hassan Butt

Dr. Mahmood-ul-Hassan Butt is the Vice Chancellor of Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, which is one of the mega universities of the world. Previously he has served in different administrative and academic positions at home and abroad, including Eastern Illinois University, Indiana University and Rockford College, USA. He has a number of research articles on the art of curriculum development, training and educational management. He has presented papers in national and international educational conferences and seminars.

Muhammad Akram Sheikh

Mr. Muhammad Akram SheikhMr. Muhammad Akram Sheikh is Senior Advocate of Supreme Court of Pakistan. While he has contested many cases which have caused major improvements in various areas of law, he has also been vocal on national and international forums for human rights, independence of judiciary and rule of law. He has been giving lectures and contributing in the press over complex legal issues. In recognition of his services he had been elected President of the Supreme Court Bar Association and currently he is member of Pakistan Bar Council. He has also held the position of Ambassador at large (with the status of federal minister) and Roving Ambassador of Pakistan. He has represented Pakistan in the United Nations Human Rights sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination & Protection of Minorities. He has been associated with leading national and international organizations and has participated in numerous international conferences and seminars.

Dr. S. M. Zaman

Dr.S.M.ZamanDr. S. M. Zaman is a prominent scholar, historian and social reformer. He is former Chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology, which is a constitutional body that provides advisory to the legislature over issues pertaining to Islamic Law. He has also headed National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research and Director General of Islamic Research Institute of International Islamic University Islamabad. He has authored and edited a number of books and research papers on education, socio-cultural history and various topics of Islam and Muslim society. He been member of several literary and research organizations and has organized and participated in several national and international conferences. He has also supervised numerous theses for the award of M.Phil and PhD Degrees.

Dr. Saeeda Asadullah

Dr. Saeeda Asadullah is Vice Chancellor of Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawlapindi and expert of English literature. She has critically analyzed classical and modern works in English literature and has many publications and research papers to her credit. Her contribution in curriculum development and teaching methodology has earned her membership of leading national and international educational and literary organizations. She is also instrumental in highlighting problems of women and finding their solutions through practical efforts.
Dr. Safdar Mahmood is historian and leading political analyst. He has received Pride of Performance for his outstanding contributions in the field of history along with a number of other prizes and awards. His more than one dozen books have been favorably reviewed by Pakistani and foreign press and are widely quoted by foreign and Pakistani authors and research scholars. Some of his books have also been translated into German, Chinese, Bengali, Uzbek and Sindhi languages. His research articles are published in journals and magazines of international repute. He has also served at different administrative and posts as member of Central Superior Services, Government of Pakistan.

Tariq Fatemi

Mr. Tariq Fatemi is an eminent analyst and expert on international relations and strategic issues. Mr. Fatemi is a former ambassador and has held various diplomatic assignments in Pakistan missions abroad. He has served as high commissioner of Pakistan in United States, Jordan, Belgium, European Union, Luxembourg and Zimbabwe. He remained incharge of Defence, Defence Production, Atomic Energy Programs and Foreign Affairs in the office of Prime Minister. He was a delegate to UN General Assembly Sessions from 1982 to 1986 and also attended numerous meetings of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). Currently he is member of teaching faculty of Pakistan Foreign Service Academy and delivers lectures at the National Defence College, Administrative Staff College and other institutions. He frequently shares his views through his articles and talks on T.V. and radio programs on national security issues.

Dr. Iffat Dar

Dr. Iffat Dar is former Chief Psychologist of Federal Public Service Commission of Government of Pakistan and renowned psychologist and educationist. Mrs. Dar received her Masters Degree in Psychological Foundations of Education with emphasis on Psychological and Educational Measurement from Columbia University, New York and her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology from the University of Minnesota, U.S.A. She has been associated with various educational and research organizations in Pakistan and abroad as consultant, advisor, teacher and member of academic and administrative bodies. Presently she is associated with National Institute of Psychology, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad and Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi as visiting professor.

Akbar Saeed Awan

akbar saeedMajor General (r) Akbar Saeed Awan is a veteran professional and academician who has served on key positions in various prestigious technical and academic institutions of Pakistan. A graduate from University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, he was commissioned in the corps of electrical and mechanical engineers. He then received Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in War Studies from Command and Staff College, Quetta and completed his Master’s degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad.
He has served in a number of higher educational institutions of Pakistan in pivotal positions such as head, Command College of Electrical Engineering, National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, principal, Wah Engineering College, University of Wah, chief instructor, College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Rawalpindi, and director general, National Institute of Management and Pakistan Rural Development Academy, Peshawar.His other notable national level positions include director general, Corps of Mechanical Engineering at GHQ, director general, Inspection of Technical Development (ITD), GHQ, chief scientist and scientific advisor, Ministry of Defence, commandant, 502 Central Workshop, Rawalpindi, and chief biomedical engineer, Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC). He has also carried out several other assignments in different capacities within the country as well as abroad.
His special areas of interest are engineering education management, research and development in defence technology, national security in internal and external domain and different aspects of national development.

Rafique Ahmad

Dr. Rafiq AhmedProfessor Dr. Rafique Ahmad is former Vice Chancellor of the Universities of Punjab and Bahawlapur. He is a celebrated economist and carries over thirty five years experience of postgraduate teaching and research in Pakistan and abroad. He received his D.Phil Degree from University of Oxford, England. Dr. Ahmad has authored or co-authored seven books on economy of Pakistan and Islamic economics. He has also contributed more than fifty research articles in various national and international journals. He is Chief Editor of Economic Insight and Vice Chairman of Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust. He is member of Boards of Governors of several universities and research institutions and member of professional bodies including American Economic Association and Royal Economic Society London.

Riaz Hussain Najafi

Allama Riaz Hussain NajafiAllama Riaz Hussain Najafi is one of the most prominent Muslim scholars and researchers. He is principal of famous alma mater of Shia sect Jamia-tul-Muntazir Lahore and has been teaching at the highest level of Islamic studies. He is also President of Federation of Shia Seminaries (Wifaq-ul-Madaris Al-Shia). He has authored many books and participated in a number of national and international conferences. His persistent efforts for the promotion of unity and harmony among Muslims have received acclaim from all sections of Pakistani society.

Muhammad Said

Muhammad SaidMuhammad SaidProfessor Dr. Muhammad Said is member of the Senate of Pakistan. He holds a PhD in Geography from Sheffield University UK and is among famous experts of geography in the country. He carries vast academic and administrative experience and has undertaken a number of research projects and professional expeditions. He has also remained Chief Editor of Journal of Science and Technology of the university of Peshawar and research journal Extension Lectures, Peshawar. He has more than thirty publications to his credit.

S.M. Zafar

S.M.ZafarMr. S.M. Zafar is a human rights activist, noted lawyer, politician and member of the Senate of Pakistan. He has served as a judge of the high court and as Pakistan’s minister for law and parliamentary affairs. He is chancellor of Hamdard University and Chairman of Human Rights Society of Pakistan. His efforts for recognition and promotion of human rights and fair practices have attained him acclaim and acknowledgment on national and international levels. In his capacity as an attorney, Mr. Zafar has been involved in some of the most important cases of country’s legal history. He is considered an authority on legal and constitutional issues and his opinions are quoted in national and international press. He is also the chairman of Cultural Association of Pakistan.