Tribune’s Gamechangers 2011: Hina Rabbani Khar

Published: January 8, 2012

The Birkin that headlined more than Pak-India ties.

It’s the tote that has adorned the arm of many a socialite in Pakistan, but only Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar managed to associate it with the country.

When she stepped off in India for talks with the Hermes bag on her arm, the media in Pakistan and India only noted her good looks and her bag, starting prices for which are at around $7,000. Khar’s work for diplomacy went by the wayside as her bag became a raging point of debate, with many questioning how tactful it was to carry such an expensive bag when the country was asking for aid for flood victims. Many critiqued her sartorial choice as they speculated that she pays minimal taxes.

Quote: “A guy in my place would never get such attention; nobody would be talking about his suit.”

 

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