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Anusha Rahman

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Anusha Rahman
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Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication
Assumed office
4 August 2017
President Mamnoon Hussain
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
In office
7 June 2013 – 28 July 2017
President Mamnoon Hussain
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
Assumed office
17 March 2008
Constituency Reserved seat for women
Personal details
Born (1968-06-01) 1 June 1968 (age 49)
Nationality Pakistani
Political party Pakistan Muslim League (N)
Alma mater University College London

Anusha Rahman Ahmad Khan (Urdu: انوشہ رحمان احمد خان‎; born 1 June 1968) is a Pakistani politician and a lawyer who is the current Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication, in office since August 2017. She previously served as the Minister of State of Information Technology and Telecommunication of Pakistan in the third Sharif ministry from 2013 to 2017. A member of the Pakistan Muslim League (N), Khan has been a member of National Assembly of Pakistan since 2008.

Early life and education

Rahman was born on 1 June 1968.[1] Her family hails from Gawalmandi, Lahore and she is the only parliamentarian from her family.[2] In 1992, Rehman graduated with a LLB and received an LLM from University College London specializing in Law and Economics of regulated industries, networks and markets.[3][4]

Career

In early 90s, Rehman worked as a lawyer in her uncle's chambers. Her uncle handled the legal matters of the businesses owned by the Sharif family. During working at uncle's chambers, Rehman became a member of the PML-N.[2] She is a professional corporate lawyer by profession.[2] According to Rehman, she had been working with the telecom sector since the 1990s.[2]

Political career

Khan began her political career in 2006 or 2007, when she was made senior vice president of the lawyers’ wing of PML-N.[3] She played an active role in the lawyers movement for the restoration of the judiciary following Pakistani state of emergency, 2007.[2]

She was elected as a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan for the first time in Pakistani general election, 2008 on a reserved seat for women.[5][2][6] She was a member of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Law and Justice during her tenure in National Assembly.[7] In 2009, Rehman was a key member of the PML-N's steering committee, which was tasked with dealing with legal matters.[2]

She was re-elected as a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan for the second time in Pakistani general election, 2013 on a reserved seat for women.[8][9][10][11] In 2013, Rehman was appointed as the Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication.[12][13][7] Dawn noted that Rehman's "rise within the party was due to her closeness to finance minister Ishaq Dar" to whom she assisted at the PML-N’s main election cell during 2008 elections and help finalised the list of PML-N potential candidates for 2008 elections.[2] In 2015, Rehman was awarded "GEM-TECH Global Achievers 2015" award by UN Women and the International Telecommunication Union in recognition of her work to empower women through technology.[14]

She had ceased to hold ministerial office in July 2017 when the federal cabinet was disbanded following the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after Panama Papers case decision.[15] Following the election of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as Prime Minister of Pakistan in August 2017, she was inducted into the federal cabinet of Abbasi.[16][17] She was appointed as the Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication.[18][19]

In March 2018, the National Accountability Bureau initiated an inquiry into a graft case against Khan[20][21] for illegally contract awarding.[22] The Frontier Post noted Khan comes from a middle-class family however since assuming the office of Minister of State for Information Technology, her assets has increased considerably.[23]

References

  1. ^ "If elections are held on time…". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "'IT girl' in a boy's world". Dawn. 25 April 2014. Archived from the original on 9 January 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Profiles: International Conference on Civil-Military Relations". Pildat. Archived from the original on 18 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "National Assembly of Pakistan". www.na.gov.pk. Archived from the original on 9 January 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "MPs' uplift funds being misused". DAWN.COM. 24 April 2011. Archived from the original on 9 January 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Only 300 votes polled in house of 342". DAWN.COM. 22 June 2012. Archived from the original on 9 January 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Federal cabinet unveiled: Enter the ministers – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 8 June 2013. Archived from the original on 29 October 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "PML-N secures most reserved seats for women in NA – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 28 May 2013. Archived from the original on 4 March 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Women, minority seats allotted". DAWN.COM. 29 May 2013. Archived from the original on 7 March 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "Women's reserved seats: Top politicians' spouses, kin strike it lucky – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 30 May 2013. Archived from the original on 9 January 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "Candidates cleared for reserved seats". DAWN.COM. 10 April 2013. Archived from the original on 9 January 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "Anusha invited by British PM to WEF panel discussion". The Nation. Archived from the original on 18 January 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "Sworn in as Minister of State". Nation pk. 7 June 2013. Archived from the original on 10 February 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "UN honours IT Minister Anusha Rahman with 'Global Achievers 2015' award – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. Archived from the original on 15 February 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2016. 
  15. ^ "PM Nawaz Sharif steps down; federal cabinet stands dissolved". Daily Pakistan Global. Archived from the original on 28 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2017. 
  16. ^ "A 43-member new cabinet sworn in". Associated Press Of Pakistan. 4 August 2017. Archived from the original on 4 August 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017. 
  17. ^ "PM Khaqan Abbasi's 43-member cabinet takes oath today". Pakistan Today. 4 August 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017. 
  18. ^ "Portfolios of Federal Ministers, Ministers of State announced". Radio Pakistan. 5 August 2017. Archived from the original on 5 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  19. ^ "Portfolios of federal, state ministers". www.thenews.com.pk. Archived from the original on 5 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  20. ^ "NAB opens two more graft cases against Sharif family - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 6 March 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018. 
  21. ^ "NAB initiates more inquiries against Sharifs". The Nation. Retrieved 13 April 2018. 
  22. ^ Raza, Syed Irfan (6 March 2018). "NAB okays inquiries against those named in Panama Papers". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 13 April 2018. 
  23. ^ "NAB decides to examine assets of IT Minister - The Frontier Post". The Frontier Post. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018.