Walid Iqbal

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Walid Iqbal
ولید اقبال
Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights
Assumed office
14 December 2018
Member of the Senate of Pakistan from Punjab
Assumed office
14 December 2018
Preceded byHaroon Akhtar Khan
Personal details
Political partyPakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Spouse(s)Nuria Rafique Iqbal
RelationsAllama Muhammad Iqbal (grandfather)
Yousuf Salahuddin (cousin)
Parent(s)Javid Iqbal (father)
Nasira Iqbal (mother)
Residence(s)Gulberg, Lahore
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania (B.A)
University of Punjab (L.L.B)
Harvard University (M.A)
University of Cambridge (M.A)
  • Lawyer
  • Law professor
  • politician

Walid Iqbal is a Pakistani politician, lawyer, law professor serving as a member of Senate of Pakistan[1] from Punjab, Pakistan and the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Human Rights.[2]

He is the grandson of poet and politician Allama Muhammad Iqbal,[3][4][5] and the son of philosopher and former Senior Justice Javid Iqbal and judge Nasira Iqbal.[6][7]


After completing high school at Aitchison College in Lahore, Iqbal went to the United States and received a bachelor's degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1988.[citation needed] He received a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Punjab in 1994 and a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School in 1997.[8] He also has a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge.[9][10]

Legal career[edit]

Iqbal specialises in mergers and acquisitions, privatisation, corporate and project finance (particularly in the power sector), financial institutions, investment management, joint ventures, energy and petroleum, asset finance, information technology, telecommunications and software development, and corporate restructuring.[11]

Between 1997 and 2004, he worked for two international law firms, Sullivan & Cromwell and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. In January 2005, he returned to Pakistan and started his own law practice. He currently serves as an adjunct professor of business law at the Suleman Dawood School of Business, part of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).[citation needed]

He is a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), and is on the board of directors of the Lahore Stock Exchange.[9]

Bar memberships[edit]

Political career[edit]

Iqbal joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in November 2011.[12][13] He was the party's candidate for the National Assembly from the NA-124 (Lahore-VII) district in the 2013 election, but was defeated by Sheikh Rohail Asghar of PML-N.[14][15]

He took oath as a member of the Senate of Pakistan representing Punjab, Pakistan on 14 December 2018.[16] He served as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Defence from 2019 to 2021. He is currently serving as the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Defence.[17]


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  2. ^ Reporter, The Newspaper's Staff (15 March 2022). "Senate committee passes amended bill on child rights body". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  3. ^ Ramzan, Usman (15 December 2018). "Walid Iqbal and Seeme Ezdi Sworn in as Senators". ACE NEWS. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  4. ^ Banu, Bogdan. "Eminescu – Romania's Cultural Ambassador and The Story Of His Monument In Pakistan – ROMANIANS OF DC". Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  5. ^ "Iqbal's grandson brings cross-border cheer | Kolkata News - Times of India". The Times of India. TNN. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  6. ^ "High Commission for Pakistan, London". www.phclondon.org. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  7. ^ Dawn.com, Imran Gabol | (3 October 2015). "Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, son of Allama Iqbal, passes away in Lahore". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  8. ^ "Walid Iqbal". Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. 27 July 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  9. ^ a b Who is Waleed Iqbal? Profile of PTI’s newest addition 10 November 2011 – Insafians.com
  10. ^ Allama Iqbal’s grandson joins PTI – The News
  11. ^ a b "WALID IQBAL - Lexium". Lexium Law. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  12. ^ "Allama Iqbal's grandson joins PTI". www.geo.tv. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  13. ^ "PTI to form anti-corruption cell, expose 'assets' of Sharifs, Zardari". The Express Tribune. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  14. ^ "Election 2013 – Sheikh Rohail Asghar Won the Seat from NA – 124 Lahore VII". 16 July 2013. Archived from the original on 16 July 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  15. ^ "NA 124 Election Result 2013 | Lahore-II Election 2013 | PakElection". pakelection.pk. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  16. ^ "PPP leader Shaukat Basra joins PTI". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  17. ^ "Senate of Pakistan". senate.gov.pk. Archived from the original on 19 November 2021. Retrieved 7 April 2022.