By Abdullah Zahid
Special Assistant to Prime Minister, Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari, is listed among the top 100 attractive personalities across Asia, by a Pakistani fashion magazine HELLO.
“Unveiling the most exciting issue of the year, our Hello HOT 100. Gracing the cover of our most awaited issue of the year is none other than Zulfi Bukhari, who is a rare combo of good looks and diligence,” the announcement read.
The magazine featured Bukhari on the covers of its December edition. HELLO magazine releases an annual list featuring various personalities from different walks of life. SAPM Bukhari is the only politician on the list. Besides him, popular figures from the entertainment industries are also included in the list. Turkish actors, Engin Altan Duzyatan and Esra Bilgic, have been named on the list.
Pakistani actresses including Yumna Zaidi, Sajal Ali, Iqra Aziz, Ayeza Khan, Hira Mani, Sonya Hussain, Sarwat Gillani, Hania Amir, and Humayun Saeed have been added to the list.
In his interview, Bukhari said his inspiration to join politics was cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. “First and foremost, what sets PM Imran Khan apart is that there’s no other politician in Pakistan who is Sadiq and Ameen, if you look at any other leader, none of them have those qualities.”
Zulfi Bukhari said, “Imran Khan had put Pakistan on the map a very long time before even becoming prime minister, he was a globally known cricketer, a celebrity, a philanthropist, and a politician.”
The British-Pakistani said PM Imran Khan has set the bar in everything he does. “For instance, he could don a chappal and whether it is nice or ugly, you see it becoming a hit. Nawaz and Bilawal, on the other hand, may wear anything and you’d never see it becoming a hit.”
When asked about his biggest achievement, the special assistant quipped it was “surviving the onslaught of our irresponsible media.
Zulfi Bukhari said he would like to improve his Urdu and Punjabi and learn to be more patient. “But most of all, I’m trying to perfect the art of keeping a poker face.”
The British-Pakistani said he most feared “disappointing people and mentor – PM Imran Khan”.
A close aide of the premier, Zulfi Bukhari thanked the publication for the shout out. “Feels great to be honored for efforts for Pakistan,” wrote Bukhari in a tweet.