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BADR JEHANGIR (1948

BADR, JEHANGIR (1948- ) Jehangir Badr began his political career as a student activist In 1969, he ran for the presidency of the Punjab University Student Union but lost narrowly to the candidate of the Jamiat-e-Tuleba, the student organization affiliated with the Jamaate-Islami After finishing his studies he became active in the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)Badr was one of several young political activists given senior party positions by Benazir Bhutto when she returned to Pakistan in 1986 from self-imposed exile in London Bhutto wanted to wrest control of the party from the “uncles,” friends of her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who had managed party affairs during her absence from the country Badr and his associates were given PPP tickets for the elections of 1988, the first poll held after the lifting of martial law Badr won a National Assembly seat from Lahore and joined the Benazir Bhutto administration as energy and petroleum minister He was elected to the Senate in 1996 and was included in the federal Cabinet in 1996, shortly before it was dismissed by President Farooq Leghari on 5 November 1996 He remained active in politics after the military takeover in October 1999, concentrating his energies on rebuilding the People’s Party base in Lahore



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