Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi

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Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi
Speaker of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab
Assumed office
16 August 2018
DeputyDost Muhammad Mazari
Preceded byRana Muhammad Iqbal Khan
In office
20 February 1997 – June 2001
Deputy Prime Minister of Pakistan
In office
25 June 2012 – 16 March 2013
PresidentAsif Zardari
Prime MinisterPervez Ashraf
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byVacant
Leader of the Opposition
In office
25 March 2008 – 17 September 2008
PresidentAsif Zardari
Prime MinisterYousaf Raza Gillani
Preceded byFazal-ur-Rehman
Succeeded byNisar Ali Khan
Chief Minister of Punjab
In office
29 November 2002 – 18 November 2007
PresidentPervez Musharraf
Prime MinisterShaukat Aziz
GovernorKhalid Maqbool
Preceded byShahbaz Sharif
Succeeded byEjaz Nisar (Acting)
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
In office
1 June 2013 – 31 May 2018
ConstituencyNA-105 (Gujrat-II)
In office
17 March 2008 – 31 May 2013
ConstituencyNA-58 (Attock-II)
Personal details
Born (1945-11-01) 1 November 1945 (age 73)[1]
Gujrat, Punjab Province, Pakistan[2]
NationalityPakistani
Political partyPakistan Muslim League (Q)
ChildrenMonis Elahi
RelativesSee Chaudhry family
Alma materForman Christian College University

Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi (Urdu: چوہدری پرویز الہی‎; born 1 November 1945) is a Pakistani politician who is the current Speaker of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab, in office since August 2018. He has been a member of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab since August 2018.

He served as the first and only Deputy Prime Minister of Pakistan in 2013. After a successful campaign in the 2002 general elections, he became the Chief Minister of Punjab Province and tenured until 2007. In 2008, he served as the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly of Pakistan for short time. He was a member of the National Assembly from 2008 to May 2018.

Early life and education[edit]

Elahi was born 1 November 1945[3][4][1] in Gujrat, Punjab[2] to industrialist Chaudhry Manzoor Elahi.[5][6] According to another report, he was born on 17 November 1972.[7]

He belongs to a political [2] and industrialists family from Gujrat.[8][1] The family is Jat of the Warraich tribe.[9]

Elahi received his early education from Forman Christian College, Lahore in 1967[1][2] and later attended Watford College of Technology, London[8] from where he received Diploma in Industrial Management.[1]

He is a cousin of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain.[2]

He is married and has two sons.[8]

Political career[edit]

Elahi begun his political career after electing as the chairman of district council of Gujrat[2][10] for the four years in 1983.

He served as Provincial Minister[2][10] for Local Government and Rural Development for a period of eight years[1] from 1985 to 1993.

He was elected as a member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab for the first time in Pakistani general election, 1985.[2][1]

He was re-elected as a member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab for the second time in Pakistani general election, 1988.

He was re-elected as a member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab for the third time in Pakistani general election, 1990.

He was re-elected as a member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab for the fourth time in Pakistani general election, 1993 and served as acting leader of the opposition in Provincial Assembly of Punjab[2][10][1] from 1993 to 1996 in the absence of Shahbaz Sharif who had gone to the United Kingdom for medical treatment.[10]

Several cases were registered against Elahi during Bhutto government 1993-1996 and he was sent to the Adiala Jail where he spent several months.[11]

It was reported that Nawaz Sharif had promised Elahi that if PML-N win Pakistani general election, 1997, Elahi would be made the chief minister of Punjab. However, when the PML-N won the 1997 general elections. Nawaz Sharif appointed his brother Shahbaz Sharif as the Chief Minister of Punjab. To avoid the impression that Elahi was unhappy with this decision of Nawaz Sharif. he supported the Shahbaz Sharif for the position of Chief Ministership however decided not to join the provincial cabinet of Shahbaz Sharif.[10][2][12]

He was re-elected as a member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab for the fifth time in 1997 general election and was elected as the speaker of Provincial Assembly of Punjab[1][2][10][12] in 1997 where he remained until June 2001.[13]

Following the 1999 coup he was detained by the National Accountability Bureau on corruption charges. Charges were dropped following an agreement they made to defect from the Pakistan Muslim League (N) with whom he have been part of till the ouster of PML-N government[12][12][10] and assist President Musharraf in building PML-Q.[8]

He along with his cousin Shujaat and other dissidents left PML-N to form their own party, PML-Q.[1][2][10]

He was re-elected as a member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab for the sixth time in Pakistani general election, 2002.[1]

Following the elections, Elahi was appointed as the chief minister of Punjab for the first time[12][10] where he served from October 2002 until the dissolution of the provincial government in October 2007.[12][1]

In Pakistani general election, 2008, Elahi was elected as the member of the National Assembly of Pakistan for the first time and as the member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab for the seventh time.[1]

PML-Q nominated Elahi as its candidate for the post of prime ministers of Pakistan following the 2008 general elections.[12]

In 2008, he was made the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, however he quit this post later that year.[1][2][14]

He was made Federal Minister for Defence Production and Industries in Yousuf Raza Gilani cabinet.[15][2][1]

In 2011, the ceremonial post of deputy prime minister of Pakistan was created to appoint Elahi as the first deputy prime minister of Pakistan[16]having no powers even in the absence of the prime minister of Pakistan.[15][2]

In Pakistani general election, 2013, Elahi ran for seat of National Assembly from the NA-105 Gujrat constituency[2][17] and won it defeating candidates of PPP and PML-N.[18][6]

He was re-elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of PML-Q from Constituency NA-65 and NA-69 in Pakistani general election, 2018. In the same election, he was re-elected to the Provincial Assembly of Punjab as a candidate of PML-Q from Constituency PP-30 (Gujrat-III).[19] Following his successful election, he abandoned his national assembly seats in favor of the provincial assembly seat.[20] He was named by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and PML-Q as their joint candidate for the office of Speaker of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab.[21] On 16 August 2018, he was re-elected as Speaker of the Punjab Assembly. He received 201 votes against his opponent Muhammad Iqbal Gujjar who secured 147 votes.[22][23]

On 19 August 2018, he became acting governor of Punjab[24] following the resignation of Rafique Rajwana.[25]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi". DAWN.COM. 30 April 2013. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  3. ^ "If elections are held on time…". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Detail Information". 23 March 2011. Archived from the original on 23 March 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "LAHORE: Pervaiz Elahi's father dies". DAWN.COM. 12 January 2005. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi takes Gujrat's NA-105". DAWN.COM. 12 May 2013. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Detail Information". www.pildat.org. PILDAT. Archived from the original on 11 July 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ a b c d "Pervaiz Elahi as chief minister fought terrorists effectively: Wikileaks". www.thenews.com.pk. 7 December 2010. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Choosing right man for Punjab CM real test for Imran". The News. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Pervaiz pledges to uproot corruption". DAWN.COM. 29 November 2002. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Zardari keeps alive PPP legacy of embracing political opponents". www.thenews.com.pk. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g "Nawaz went back on his promise to Pervaiz". DAWN.COM. 4 December 2010. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  13. ^ "1997-1999". www.pap.gov.pk. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Pervaiz resigns as Leader of Opposition in NA -DAWN - Top Stories; September 15, 2008". Daily Times. 15 September 2008. Archived from the original on 30 October 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  15. ^ a b "PML-Q gets all that it wanted; deputy PM, 15 ministers". DAWN.COM. 26 June 2012. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  16. ^ "•Zardari 'accepts all demands' •Pervez Elahi to be Deputy PM: PPP and Q agree to seal deal". DAWN.COM. 29 April 2011. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  17. ^ "Pervaiz Elahi to run for NA-105". DAWN.COM. 30 January 2013. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  18. ^ "Dunya News: Pakistan:-Pervez Elahi wins NA-105 seat..." dunyanews.tv. Archived from the original on 12 September 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  19. ^ Butt, Waseem Ashraf (27 July 2018). "PML-Q, PTI alliance makes clean sweep in Gujrat". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  20. ^ Khan, Iftikhar A. (14 August 2018). "By-polls on 11 NA seats to be held within two months". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  21. ^ "Pervez Elahi set to be elected as Speaker Punjab Assembly". The News. 15 August 2018. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  22. ^ "Pervez Elahi elected Speaker Punjab Assembly". The News. 16 August 2018. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  23. ^ "KP, Sindh chief ministers elected; Punjab Assembly elects Elahi as speaker". DAWN.COM. 16 August 2018. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  24. ^ "Notification". www.pap.gov.pk. Punjab Assembly. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  25. ^ Rana Bilal, Dawn.com (15 August 2018). "Governor Punjab Rafique Rajwana resigns". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Shahbaz Sharif
Chief Minister of Punjab
2002–2007
Succeeded by
Ejaz Nisar
Acting
Preceded by
Fazal-ur-Rehman
Leader of the Opposition
2008
Succeeded by
Nisar Ali Khan
New office Deputy Prime Minister of Pakistan
2012–present
Incumbent