Forman Christian (F.C.) College’s Political Clout

Posted on March 30, 2008
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Adil Najam

At the new Prime Minister’s oath-taking recently, the body language of Gen. Pervez Musharraf as well as Yousuf Raza Gillani made it obvious that neither was comfortable being with the other. Each has deep reasons to distrust the motives of the other. One doubts, therefore, if they took any time t reminiscence about their college days. Both, after all, went to college at Lahore’s famed Forman Christian (F.C.) College; although at different times.

Forman Christian College (FC College)FC COllege Pervez Musharraf Gillani Oath takingFC COllege SoomroFC COllege Chaudhry ShujaatFC COllege Pervaiz EllahiFC COllege Farooq LeghariForman Christian College (FC College)

Had they done so, they would have found that they are a part of a fast growing fraternity of FC Colege (and, now, University) who are now making it to the top offices in Pakistan politics.

Former President Sardar Farooq Leghari was the first one in this new crop of powerful Formanites, but recently there has been an absolute flurry. Gen. Pervez Musharraf as President and Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani as Prime Minister are, of course, Formanites too. But so have been Pakistan Prime Ministers Chaudhry Shujaat and Mohamedmian Soomro, Indian Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral and Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Ellahi.

None of them seem to flaunt their college colors too hard – except Gen. Musharraf in his memories. Those mentions included, none of them seem to share with the public any lasting memories of their educational exploits at FC College and their is little indication that any of them had made deep marks for scholarship there. That notwithstanding, there is clearly a rise in the number of Formanites in power.

It used to be that Government College (and Aitchison College) were the power schools in Lahore. FC College would give them a run for their money in cricket, but not always in power corridors. That, it seems, has changed. Beware Ravians!

Correction: An earlier version of this post had listed Zafarullah Khan Jamali as an FC College Alumni. We checked after it was pointed out by a reader and, in fact, he was not (he went to Government College it seems). Proof, yet again, that not everything on the internet, especially on Wikipedia, ought to be believed. Our apologies.

33 Comments on “Forman Christian (F.C.) College’s Political Clout”

  1. Laeeq says:
    March 30th, 2008 1:50 am

    Very interesting connections. Had not thought of this at all, or seen it in the newspapers or TV here.

  2. Dewana Phir Say says:
    March 30th, 2008 2:51 am

    Zafarullah Khan Jamali is from GC unless you are absolutely sure. I have never heard FC college next to Zafarullah Khan Jamali ever.

  3. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    March 30th, 2008 3:40 am

    @ Foreign missionary influenced and colonial
    institutions are there to creat a “rift ” between
    two National quite different and opposite identities,
    indeed through “formation ” of those “lethal” blood
    clots, fatal for our Nation’s progress (not progys).
    How we distrust these institutions, just watch their
    activities and involvements ” within our Nation”, you
    will indeed understand why I use the term ” zurriat”.

  4. Babur says:
    March 30th, 2008 5:47 am

    Here is another theory:

    I had studied in Lahore upto metric. Rich kids and nawabs do to Aitchison. From the government sector, there was never any doubt which college was best – Government College. The ones who could not make to Aitchison or Government went to FC. So the third choice.

    Unfortunately, in a country suffering from severe brain drain already only the third class (Chaudaries, Soomeroo, dare I say the general himself and horror of horror our new PM) have been left incharge of our beloved country. God help Pakistan and poor Pakistanis

  5. Mudassar says:
    March 30th, 2008 5:57 am

    Adil sb i am still waiting for an Article from you about rights of overseas Pakistanis to vote

  6. Asad says:
    March 30th, 2008 6:01 am

    Actually I.K. Gujral, former Prime Minister of India also studied at FC College.

  7. Asad says:
    March 30th, 2008 6:21 am

    I am sorry but some of the comments above only show the jahil mentality of some readers. There is a type of negative person who can only find fault in things and think that this sickness of their mind is somehow funny. Well it is not. Using senseless words to create rifts and incite hatred like Mr. Kashmiri does only shows the roots of the hatred mongers who have destroyed our society already. It is amazing and disturbing how much hatred and anger these people store within themselves. It is beyond clinically sick at this point!

    The “third class” mentality of people who would consider any education institution “third class” is apparent and only shows that cynicism is now a national illness.

    F.C. College is an old and greatly respected educational institution with a great and respected history and has achieved many leaders in many fields. Thank you ATP for highlighting this. The arrogance of those who think leaders from only some institutions are “good” is what we have to stay away from.

  8. Asad says:
    March 30th, 2008 6:22 am

    By the way, Mr. Babur, wherever you studied in Lahore must not have been a “third rate” school, because you ended up doing “Metric” rather than “Matric”!

  9. Babur says:
    March 30th, 2008 6:44 am

    Clearly I have managed to upset a number of readers. I stand corrected on the metric / matric issue. I cannot seem to find this word on the Oxford Dictionary.

    I must admit it was a while since my matriculation (correct spellings and full word). Pilot secondary School Whadat Road Lahore (just around the corner from FC); 710/850 marks (all my own, no cheating)

    I stand by my point about FC. In 1986 at least it was the third choice in Lahore. This is no reflection of college or students but draw your own conclusions.

  10. March 30th, 2008 7:25 am

    FC is a great college – and is more respected after its privatization. If you visit it today – you would find it much much better than before – new educational blocks are being build and the foreign trust is putting much money into it.

    well i may be biased as i’m a Formanite but most of the things aer true about its rich history. There was an era when jamiat polluted its enviornment by strikes and their usual stuff but then there was an operation cleanup in (i believe) 1999 Summer Holidays – conducted by Shahbaz Sharif and from that day onwards college is on the move towrads higher rankings…

  11. ali baig says:
    March 30th, 2008 10:22 am

    I do not think that Musharaf and Gillani took time off to reminiscence about their college days as this was not the platform for it nor was the environment congenial.I am surprised however that Shujat and Pervaiz Elahi also went to this college, these guys don`t even know how to speak properly.I wonder what the criteria is to get into this college ?
    Perhaps you just need to be a feudal.
    All the guys mentioned by you above did get to the top but did little.

  12. babur says:
    March 30th, 2008 11:27 am

    Well we have that the most illustrious past attendees of FC have indeed stood poor “third”.
    Lets ask the readers whether they themselves or anybody else they know has done their college proud. This includes acts to improve the cause of Pakistan or Pakistani people? (no offence intended)

  13. Anwar says:
    March 30th, 2008 12:10 pm

    Institutions that impart learning must be honored.
    Thanks for the post.

  14. DJP says:
    March 30th, 2008 1:37 pm

    All institutions in Pakistan should be equally treated.. I have heard that some get more funding because the sons and daughters of landlords and choudharies go there..

    and most of these landlords and choudharies are those whose ancestors got the land as ‘perk’ from the Britishers for opposing the cause of Pakistan during the pre-partition era ..

    Guys dont get me wrong, but thats a sign of corrupt society and a backward nation that the kids, grandkids, and the great grand kids of those traitors are still ruling the country called ‘Pakistan’..

  15. Aslam says:
    March 30th, 2008 2:40 pm

    FC College has contributed greatly to Pakistan and is now doing more. It is one of the great colleges in Pakistan.

  16. Babur says:
    March 30th, 2008 2:50 pm

    sorry to go on about it

    The FC boys can u list the research produced by ur college, how many international publications originating from FC, ur ranking in world (or pakistan). Stop contributing to green house gases by the hot air please!

  17. hammy says:
    March 30th, 2008 4:18 pm

    I read it allover the net , listen in tv only.. tell us more !

  18. readinglord says:
    March 30th, 2008 7:10 pm

    I am surprised to know that Ch. Shujaat and Parvez Ilahi were ever educated and that too in F.C. College. May be they have been included in the list of the Farmanites inadvertently as they lived in the same street as the college. In any case education, if they at all had received any, had little effect whatsoever on them.

  19. Sarmad says:
    March 31st, 2008 3:38 am

    These institutions are contributions in one’s character and outlook. To praise one or blame exclusively for going to certain school/college/university is, therefore, like taking part for the whole. In short a folly. It is silly to base the total evaluation of a person on what schools he/she attended. There are numerous examples of people who achieved eminence despite their relatively poor educational backgrounds. Dr AbdusSalam’s name is one. On top is prophet Muhammad (PBUH) whose only institution is said to be the Cave of Hira. Schooling as a matter of fact makes a tiny part of one’s education. The greatest institution is Life which offers countless opportunities for learning if one has a mind to. A good school is another opportunity, not a guarantee, for good learning. The few names bragging about their graduates in fact tell us something else: these very wizards with first rate schooling have left the rest of the schools to rot. A good upbringing, I believe, never says shit to others. We ought to be happy that we have schools which cotribute positively to nation building. A person of merit is an asset of nation, and the institutions that aim to further this asset deserve a salute. Only spare us this silly bragging!

  20. QASIM M. says:
    March 31st, 2008 6:29 pm

    Very interesting find. I had not seen this mentioned on media here in Pakistan.

    Yes, it used to be always GC but now FC is also showing strong in many areas.

  21. The Rebel says:
    April 1st, 2008 7:05 am

    I dont understand after reading all these comments why people are against FCC? And why remaining are in its favour?

  22. XAck says:
    April 29th, 2008 12:27 am

    i hear NAwaz sharif was an old ravain wht abt tht n it seems fccu took over gcu this time lolx…….. anyhw benazir was frm oxford……. lolx

  23. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    April 29th, 2008 8:22 am


    Spelling mistakes in English is the end of the univers,
    but we don’t hear any where the critics on the disastrous
    Urdu language used by the P.hd of our ” elite” pendoos
    in public, Ministers, Lawyers, Doctors, Professors, Teachers
    Educators, the entire media & showbis basically is worst
    than pendoos, just watch, one, they call, ” talk show”, the
    host can not even speak one proper English sentence, BUT
    they are forced to speak PINGLISH ?? not to talk about
    poor “Bechari Urdu “. How would be the next generation of
    Pakistan ?? Total catastroph !!

  24. arif ....... says:
    May 17th, 2008 2:05 pm

    sir.nawaz one of the rude faculty of fc college.

  25. fraz mahmud says:
    June 17th, 2008 5:45 am

    fccu is the leading educational institute of pakistan. formanites r going to overpower the whole pakistan. formanites r representing pakistan in the whole world.

  26. PaL says:
    July 28th, 2008 4:10 pm

    well babur its to you. If you think that these formanites are not capable of running pakistans then i must say that these Ravians and Aithisonians have not done so well on the other hand and if they had done even a little then this would have been a different Pakistan in which you are living now as poor Pakistanis. It’s really easy to criticize some one or group of people but really difficult to change when its upto you. so please keep politics out of the alma matter. whereas FC is concerned education wise. it has achieved great milestones since its privatisation like the Business school of management and their MBA program. inshallah in upcoming years it will be considered amongst the top universities of Pakistan like LUMS , LSE and IBA. (in at least Business department)
    . I myself is an alumni at FC doing my Bachelors in Business management and believe me i have preferred this College against LUMS just because of its Faculty.

  27. irfan says:
    August 17th, 2008 1:56 pm

    Everyone loves his college and university . If i am studying at FCC, i will say FCC is only best and rest of the college and universities are not good . And the students which are studying at LUMS or GCU they will love their insitution more.
    All want that their college do more progress . FCC has become a private university since 2003. No doubt that this insitution get most of the money from Donation . But major part of this donation is coming from USA .

    Every insitution is seeking for donation LUMS ,GCU etc and they are gettiing also.

    Fcc is improving day by day to give tough competition to instituions like LUMS ,NUST etc.

    Anyone is studying from any insitute you are all Pakistani . This is our responsibility to be a Good Pakistani. Because in this world no Institue can make u a good person.

    Inshala time will tell that what FCC has done .
    Forman Christian College has signed a cooperative agreement with the University of Kentucky (USA) through which cooperation will be developed in the following areas:

    Joint research activities
    Exchange of academic materials and academic publications
    exchanges of faculty and students
    Faculty member exchanges will be for research, lectures and discussions, and student exchanges will be for study and research. FCC is also negotiating cooperative agreements with other universities for specific academic programs and for student exchange programs. The College hopes to make these programs a vibrant part of its campus life.

    Forman Christian College has designed its four year Bachelors Degree Program in accordance with the standards for accreditation in the USA. FCC is seeking to gain accreditation through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The university is in the very early stages of this process.

    For more information about the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, please visit their website at

    —————————————————————————–In Any college and university u r studying , do great .

  28. October 22nd, 2008 1:46 am

    I am proud to be a formanite.

  29. March 27th, 2009 2:03 am

    I m also a Formanite.

  30. aTii says:
    March 30th, 2009 1:43 pm

    I must admit that its the first time I have seen someone mentioning FC College. I went to FCC myself in 1994-95. Beautiful campus, nice buildings, awesome canteen, great cricket ground, decent teachers and idiot Jamiat (atleast then). Nobody really talks about FC College and why do they have college university,, sound stupid. If they just call it University, will it not be inclusive of college?
    Anyway, many readers are right, GC was always the first choice, then FC and then civil lines and so on.. FC college besides its beautiful campus holds no value in my memory. Teachers were again just ordinary and probably at that time suffered with slight inferiority complex or I am not sure what it was, but they mostly encouraged tuition after college or you are doomed. Most of them were not even famous.
    so thats FC college for me. The synergy and crowd was mostly decent and fun.

  31. Ali says:
    April 11th, 2009 1:24 pm

    E’m proud 2 be a formanite

    i luv FCCOLLEGE…………………….nd the peoples who post negative comments abt FC COLLEGE r just jealous 4rm it coz their college r nt like FORMAN CHRISTIAN COLLEGE the bst college in PAKISTAN History.

  32. Formanite says:
    June 14th, 2009 2:07 pm

    well i m surprised at the views of people about the institutions i believe that all institutions are good no matter whether it is GC or FCC or Atchison…… all teach us good moral values as far as it is concerened with FCC it is one of the best and leading institute of Lahore infact of Pakistan no one needs to value it only on the basis of politicians it produced there would be some good examples yielded by it people should avoid criticism this institute is basically preparing its students to compete at international level in all the fields of education its education system is unique which enhances the decision power of student 2ndly the core values and motto of FCC is also very unique and important if all Pakistanis follow these core values and motto no doubt they will become number nation of the world in my opinion FCC is the only institute of Pakistan who pays a great attention and effort on the character building of its students along with the studies i learn how to deal with life after entering in FCC therefore i proud to be a doubt Formanites are great and have no match!!!!!!!!

  33. usman says:
    June 20th, 2009 11:57 am

    i have fun in history o pakistan and

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