|Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri has
deep rooted political affiliations with Pakistan Muslim League (N). He
belongs to a very respectable religious family of Batala Shareef,
Eastern Punjab; being the direct descendent of Syed Abdul Qadir Gilani
(RA) and draws linkage with this noble lineage in the 28th line.
Early Life and Education:
Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri son of
Syed Saleem Hussain Qadri was born in Lahore on 25th December 1964. He
did his matriculation from St. Anthony’s High School Lahore and
proceeded to FC College for his intermediate. He then joined Government
College Lahore and graduated as a proud Ravian with a Bachelors degree
His family’s love for the profession of Law made him to do his LLB from
Punjab Law College. He belongs to a very famous family of lawyers. His
grandfather, Syed Naubahar Hussain Shah was a barrister. His uncle, Syed
Shamim Hussain Qadri was the chief justice of Lahore High Court. His
four cousins are practicing lawyers. Albeit his father is a businessman
by occupation, he is also a law graduate.
He finally ended up mastering the nitty gritty of management by completing his MBA from Canadian Institute of Management.
Zaeem pursued his professional career as a banker and worked in Societe
Generale Bank for 14 years. As of today he is managing his own business
and takes keen interest in politics.
He has two brother and two sisters. He got married in 1991 and has been
blessed by a son named Ali, who is currently 4 years old.
He actively played first class cricket which includes one day
international match against West Indies and county cricket in England
Politics and Zaeem:
Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri is a
third generation Muslim Leaguer. His family has the unique honor of
receiving three gold medals from Nazria e Pakistan Foundation awarded to
his grandfather; his uncle justice retired Syed Shamim Hussain Qadri
and his father Syed Saleem Hussain Qadri.
He entered active politics at the age of fourteen from the platform of
PML in Tahreek e Nizam e Mustafa in 1977. Politics is in him to a
seriously deep extent, for his mother Syeda Farrukh Sultan was senior
vice president of PML women wing and father Syed Saleem Hussain Qadri
was president PML Punjab.
Zaeem got elected as the General Secretary in the student union of FC
College, Lahore from the platform of Jamiat in the year 1982. It was
after this initial booster that he excelled in politics from the
platform of PML (N) and held many a portfolios which included:
• Information Secretary
• Secretary General Punjab
• Central Joint Secretary
Moreover, he remained the official spokesperson for Nawaz Sharif for 8 long years.
PML(N) – Right winged moderate political party:
Zaeem believes that PML(N) is
the only party who stands by the ‘Pakistan Resolution’ and helps in
maintaining Pakistan’s identity. He finds the rule of the despot as a
natural blessing to cleanse the party of Unionists and now PML(N) is
pure, and has nothing to do with PML(Q). He finds substance in leaders
from the past such as Mr Junejo and among the contemporary leaders he
praises Nawaz Sharif as the true leader of the masses.
Hopeful and Optimist:
Zaeem feels that Pakistanis have
got educated and have realized the power of their vote by defying
dictatorship. Moreover, recent structural changes make him see a bright
future for Pakistan, 20 years down the line.
He opines that the public at large must be empowered, and it shall make things brighter for Pakistan.
The panacea is an independent judiciary, he maintains.
He draws inspiration from Ahmedinejad and Nelson Mandela. He also
regards the noble work of Imran Khan but feels that instead of health,
education is something which must be given its due by the well-to-do of
The person inside:
He has been a sportsman all
through his youth and still loves to watch Cricket, Squash and Swimming.
Spending time with his family rejuvenates him to a great degree. He
likes to read Newspapers and finds the writings of Ayaz Amir and Irfan
Siddiqui quite interesting. He also liked the work of Khalid Hassan
He likes the poetry of Ghalib and Iqbal. He has also read books written
by Javed Hashmi, and urges the youth to read and learn from the
biographies of great men. He is also fond of music and likes listening
to Mehdi Hassan, Nur Jehan and Rafi; apart from the semi classical music
which he adores. He likes pets and feels that he has inherited the love
for birds from her mother. He loves travelling and has been to many a
countries amongst which he loves England and Denmark the most.
He finds the following quotation really inspiring and motivating:
“Ask not what the country can do for you; ask what you can do for the country.”