ISLAMABAD: Pakistani politicians were starts before they joined politics and went on to be loved or hated by millions.
Former president Asif Ali Zardari had starred in a film, Saalgira, as a child actor. He then went on to get married to slain prime minister Benazir Bhutto and the rest is history.
Sharmila Farooqi had also starred in a PTV drama serial that went by the name of ‘Panchwaan Mausam’. However, Sharmila received more recognition (as is the case of Zardari) from politics rather than showbiz.
Another former PPP member, Fauzia Wahab, who was one of the most prominent leaders of the party and was also elected twice as MNA, had starred in a PTV drama serial by the name of ‘Kohar’. It was the world of showbiz that paved the way for Wahab to take part in politics.
Though Amir Liaquat and ex-wife of PTI chairman Imran Khan, Reham Khan cannot be classified as actors, both have hosted programs on news channels.
However, politics is not a bed of roses and there are many that fail to impress as well. Take for instance the case of PML-N’s MPA from Punjab Kanwal Nauman has been acting in films and drama serials for the past 20 years. However, masses are not that familiar with her dramas or films but know her more as a PML-N MPA.
One of the biggest names in the world of showbiz, Tariq Aziz, was an elected Member of the National Assembly on PML-N’s ticket. However, he wasn’t able to accomplish much in the country’s political arena.
Story first published: 28th August 2017