Yousuf Salahuddin

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Mian Yousuf Salahuddin
میاں یوسف صلاح الدین
Born (1951-11-01) 1 November 1951 (age 65)
Lahore, Pakistan
Citizenship Pakistan
Occupation Television personality, philanthropist, socialite
Home town Lahore
Relatives Allama Iqbal (grandfather)
Javed Iqbal (uncle)
Sardar Begum (grandmother)
Waleed Iqbal (cousin)

Mian Yousuf Salahuddin (Urdu: میاں یوسف صلاح الدین‎), commonly known as Yousaf Salli, is a Pakistani socialite,[1][2] philanthropist and ex-politician[3] from Lahore.


He is a maternal grandson of the poet and literary scholar Allama Iqbal and nephew of Javed Iqbal.[4] His paternal grandfather, Mian Amiruddin, was the first Muslim Lord Mayor of Lahore, from the "Mian" family of Lahore, Pakistan. Salahuddin is a distant relative of the Taseer family, from which the ex-Governor of Punjab Salman Taseer hailed.

He is also related to third Governor General of Pakistan Malik Ghulam Muhammad who from the finance ministry became the Governor General of Pakistan. He is known for having started peculiar politics in Pakistan by discharging the elected assemblies of Pakistan. This action is now seen as the beginning of “viceregal” politics in Pakistan, in which the military and civil bureaucracy, not elected officials, govern the country and maintain substantial influence over society and the provinces.[5]

Social life[edit]

A resident of a traditional 17th century Mughal-style haveli, known as Barood Khana in the Walled City of Lahore, Salahuddin has hosted parties, dinners and get-togethers at his residence and elsewhere. High-profile personalities from throughout the country are invited as guests.[6] He is a figure in the city's arts and culture circles who is credited for reviving Basant festivals and organising various musical, artistic and poetic gatherings; the popular classicial music show Virsa Heritage Revived broadcast on PTV is personally hosted by Salahuddin and has invited performances from a number of artists.[7] [8][9] Pakistan Television Corporation producers and directors have used the above-mentioned Mughal-style haveli's large-sized enclosed outdoors ('haveli sehan' in Urdu language) to hold the music concerts for a live audience for their TV program Virsa: Heritage Revived.[10]


  1. ^ Kaul, Suvir (2001). The Partitions of Memory:The Afterlife of the Division of India. Drlhi: Permanent Black. p. 198. ISBN 81 78240130. 
  2. ^ Party politics for Pakistan's poor, Yousuf Salahuddin's interview on BBC News, Published 3 Jan 2003, Retrieved 25 Feb 2016
  3. ^, Yousuf Salahuddin, listed on the official Pakistan government website as a former member of the Provincial Punjab Assembly of Pakistan, Retrieved 25 Feb 2016
  4. ^, Yousuf Salahuddin on The Friday Times newspaper, published 25 July 2014, Retrieved 15 Sep 2016
  5. ^ PAKISTAN: The New Dictatorship, TIME Magazine, November 8, 1954, Retrieved 25 Feb 2016
  6. ^ Kaul, Suvir (2001). The Partitions of Memory:The Afterlife of the Division of India. Drlhi: Permanent Black. p. 202. ISBN 81 78240130. 
  7. ^ Virsa Heritage Revived - Eid Special, music show hosted by Yousuf Salahuddin, held on 8 Nov 2010, Retrieved 25 Feb 2016
  8. ^, Yousuf Salahuddin on The Indian Express newspaper, Published 22 March 2012, Retrieved 25 Feb 2016
  9. ^, newspaper article on Yousuf Salahuddin, The Express Tribune newspaper, published 23 June 2015, Retrieved 15 Sep 2016
  10. ^, Interview with Yousuf Salahuddin by Sonya Rehman, Published 5 Sep 2012, Retrieved 15 Sep 2016

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