Harvard launches leadership course in Benazir Bhutto's name

03:12 PM | 5 Dec, 2016
Harvard launches leadership course in Benazir Bhutto's name
LONDON - Classmates of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto have announced to start international leadership course in the name of the slain PPP leader at her alma mater, Harvard University.

The main aim of the course Benazir Bhutto Leadership Program (BBLP) will be to provide proper training and guidance to leaders from across the Muslim world. They will be granted a chance to connect and share their ideas about  Benazir Bhutto, who was the first Muslim female Prime Minister in the world.

The idea basically is to inculcate the democratic values and principles of slain PPP leader in the leaders so they could better bring about a valuable change as they return back home as they would be able to interact with advisers, influence holders, and Class of 1973 alumni.

The leadership program is part of a larger service organization called ClassACT,which stands for Class Achieving Change Together. An initiative of Harvard-Radcliffe Class of 1973.

Benazir's class fellow Peter Galbraith expressed that the course was destined to train world leaders for effective functioning of government.

"The goal is to prepare people who will be assuming leadership positions in these countries, It’s one thing to be a political leader. It’s another to be effective in government," he said.

A post on the Harvard Gazette read: The Bhutto program’s first event, an assembly titled “Leading in the Muslim World: What would Benazir Do Today?,” will be Monday at 9 a.m. at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Several members of the Class of ’73 are expected to speak, including Holly Weeks, an adjunct lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government; Leigh Hafrey, a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management; Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former lieutenant governor of Maryland; and Bahman Mossavar-Rahmani, president of United American Securities, Inc. Farzana Yaqoob, a minister for social welfare and women’s development in Pakistan.

Benazir Bhutto was a popular leader and chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party(PPP). She was daughter of PPP founder Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

During an election rally on December 27 in Rawalpindi, she was shot down by unknown assailants. Her death sent shock waves around the world as she was much connected with internal leaders.

Apart from Pakistan, she was equally popular in West owing to her liberal stance and firm attitude towards women empowerment and development.

The writer is a civil servant.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 26 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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