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.

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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 responses to “Forman Christian (F.C.) College’s Political Clout”

  1. usman says:

    i have fun in history o pakistan and

  2. Formanite says:

    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!!!!!!!!

  3. Ali says:

    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.

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