Moonis Elahi (Punjab)

 

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11/09/19  Moonis Elahi is a 3rd generation politician. He is the elder son of Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi former Chief Minister of Punjab, nephew of Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and grandson of Chaudhry Zahoor Elahi who was a very prominent politician of his time.

Moonis Elahi was born on 12th April 1976 at Lahore. He studied at Lahore American School till 11th grade and from there he moved to the London American School. He then went on to pursue a degree in business from Wharton School of Business, Pennsylvania, USA and graduated from there in 1999.

He had to return to Pakistan when (then) Pakistan Army Chief of Staff took power on 12 October 1999. Moonis Elahi is inspired by the leadership acumen of the father of the nation, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and rates him as the best leader Pakistan ever had.

He is extremely concerned about the lack of leadership at all levels as well as the deteriorating law and order situation in the country but thinks that the major and most important problem of our beloved homeland is the poor economic condition which is directly responsible for all the ills.

According to him, the economy of the country can only be improved by enhancing the standard of education, plugging technological gaps, addressing extremism and other social problems which Pakistan is confronting today.

Moonis Elahi took part in the general election held on 18th February 2008 for the first time and contested from two provincial constituencies. He got narrowly defeated from Lahore PP-152 and won with an overwhelming majority from his native seat PP-110 Gujrat.

On the international horizon, he is inspired by the leadership of Lee Kuan Yew, Mahathir Mohammad and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and rates them as very successful mavericks for their nations. For him Barak Obama’s historic rise to the pinnacle of power and glory holds great political significance for the world.

He is also impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication of Abdul Sattar Edhi (World renowned Pakistani social activist and philanthropist) in the social sector and in bringing about relief to common people. But he adds that transparency in relief operations is extremely important for their credibility.

His interests include reading, which is his favorite pastime. Books on history and political science are his favorite among other variety of topics. He likes to read the biographies of successful leaders and their contributions to their nations. Lee Kuan Yew father of Singapore and Lee Iacocca are few to quote.