Raja Ashfaq Sarwar

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Raja Ashfaq Sarwar
راجہ اشفاق سرور
Raja Ashfaq Sarwar visits his hometown of Murree after being named Secretary General of PMLN in Punjab
Member Punjab Assembly, PMLN
Minister for Labour & Human Resource
Incumbent
Assumed office
2013
Secretary General PMLN Punjab
Incumbent
Assumed office
2008
Adviser to Chief Minister Punjab
In office
2008–2013
Member Punjab Assembly, PMLN
Minister for Health & Population Welfare
In office
1997–1999
Member Punjab Assembly, PMLN
In office
1993–1996
Member Punjab Assembly, PMLN
Minister for Youth Affairs
Minister for Forestry, Wildlife, & Fisheries
In office
1990–1992
Member Punjab Assembly, PML
Minister for Labour
In office
1988–1990
Personal details
Born (1954-10-27) 27 October 1954 (age 60)
Rawalpindi, PakistanFlag of Pakistan.svg
Political party PML-N
Alma mater Lawrence College
University of Michigan
University of Southern California
Religion Islam
Website www.pmln.org.pk

Raja Ashfaq Sarwar (Urdu: راجا اشفاک سارور) (born 27 October 1954) is a Pakistani politician, Member of Punjab Assembly, former Adviser to Chief Minister of Punjab,[1][2] and current Minister for Labour and Human Resource.[3] He is Secretary General of the center-right party PML-N in Punjab.[4] He has held various portfolios over his career including Minister for Youth Affairs, Minister for Forestry Wildlife & Fisheries, and Minister for Health.

Life and education[edit]

Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, born at Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi, hails from the village of Ghora Gali in the Murree Hills and is the eldest son of Raja Ghulam Sarwar (late) a two-time member of West Pakistan Assembly.[5] He attended Lawrence College, the University of Michigan (BA Business Administration) and the University of Southern California (MS Political Science).[6]

Political career[edit]

His political career started in 1988 when he successfully contested for a Punjab Assembly seat from Murree as an Independent candidate. He joined PML (a part of IJI then) later becoming PMLN, and was appointed Provincial Labour Minister.

He successfully contested for the same seat in 1990 and became the Punjab Minister for Forestry, Wildlife, Fisheries and Minister of Youth Affairs. Within the party he became President of PML Youth Wing Punjab where he appointed Khawaja Saad Rafique as general secretary. He was re-elected as an MPA in 1993 and 1997 where he became Provincial Minister for Health and Population Welfare up until the 1999 coup d'état by General Pervez Musharraf.

Following the Military Coup he took a break from his own elections to focus on strengthening PML N, and restoring Democracy and the Judiciary in Pakistan. During this period he was twice-elected as General Secretary of PML N in Punjab and currently holds this position.[7] In 2008 he was appointed as Adviser to Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif.[8]

On 11 May 2013 he was again elected as Member of Punjab Assembly from his home constituency of PP-1 in Rawalpindi District, serving Tehsil Murree and Tehsil Kotli Sattian, maintaining his 100% electoral record.[9]

Election history[edit]

Provincial Assembly of Pakistan PP-1 Rawalpindi I, 2013[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PML (N) Raja Ashfaq Sarwar 51,108 38.7 {{{change}}}
PML (Q) Sardar Saleem Khan 23,498 17.8 {{{change}}}
Provincial Assembly of Pakistan PP-8 Rawalpindi VIII, 1997[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PML (N) Raja Ashfaq Sarwar 22,468 53.8 {{{change}}}
Independent Sardar Sajid Khan 11,211 26.8 {{{change}}}
Provincial Assembly of Pakistan PP-8 Rawalpindi VIII, 1993[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PML (N) Raja Ashfaq Sarwar 26,983 47.0 {{{change}}}
PPP Hafiz-ur-Rehman Abbasi 17,069 29.7 {{{change}}}
Provincial Assembly of Pakistan PP-8 Rawalpindi VIII, 1990[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
PML (N) Raja Ashfaq Sarwar 41,275 82.3 {{{change}}}
PPP Muharram Ali Abbasi 12,505 22.7 {{{change}}}
Provincial Assembly of Pakistan PP-8 Rawalpindi VIII, 1988[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Raja Ashfaq Sarwar 20,696 37.3 {{{change}}}
PPP Muharram Ali Abbasi 15,246 27.5 {{{change}}}

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