An experienced Politician, Mrs. Nasreen Jalil is a Senator and Deputy Convener of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) from Sindh Province.
Hailing from a respectable family of Karachi, Nasreen Jalil was born in Lahore in 1944. Her parents were originally the inhabitants of U.P. in the pre-partitioned India.
Her father Mr. Zafarul Ahsan was an Indian Civil Service (ICS) officer who had opted to work in Punjab even before the creation of Pakistan. He was the Deputy High Commissioner of Lahore at the time of partition.
Having a degree in English Literature (Hons.) from Karachi University, Senator Jalil also holds a Commercial Pilot License. She has served at many prominent positions during her career. She was elected Member of Senate of Pakistan in March, 1994 for a six year term.
She was one of two women in a House of 87 on a general seat. She also remained Chairperson of Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights.
Mrs. Nasreen Jalil joined the MQM in 1988 as a political worker. She started work from the grass-root level of the party and gradually was assigned different tasks, including correspondence in English and taking out twice a month, an English Newsletter on MQM as In-charge of the Research and Information Cell of the party. She also became In charge of MQM Research and Technocrat Committee.
Mrs. Nasreen Jalil became a �prisoner of conscience� in 1994. She was brought from Karachi Central Jail to attend the Senate sessions on Production Orders of Chairman Senate. She remained in jail for more than 6 months and then remained under house arrest in Karachi till 1977.
In 1992, she went on a one-day hunger strike in front of 10-Downing Street London, to highlight the atrocities being carried out against Mohajirs in Karachi during the Army Operation. In 1994, the House of Commons, U.K., brought the Early Day Motion to condemn the incarceration of three MQM senators in Karachi during the PPP rule.
In 1999, Mrs. Nasreen Jalil was again arrested for leading demonstrations against building of Kala Bagh Dam by MQM and other nationalist parties of Sindh. In 1997, she was member of a Pakistani parliamentarians' delegation to study Conflict Resolution in South Africa and their new-found freedom, arranged by NDI.
In 2002, she contested the General Elections from NA 250 in Karachi, but lost. In 2005, she was elected to the City Council Karachi and became Deputy Mayor of Karachi. In 2010, she was elected as Chairperson of the City Council Karachi, in a House of 251.