Jehangir Khan Tareen

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Jahangir Khan Tareen
MNA
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
Assumed office
October 2002
Federal Minister for Industries and Production
In office
August 2004 – November 2007
President Pervez Musharraf
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz
Personal details
Born (1953-07-04) 4 July 1953 (age 63)[1]
Comilla, East Pakistan[1]
Nationality Pakistan Pakistani
Political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)
Alma mater Forman Christian College
University of North Carolina

Jahangir Khan Tareen (Urdu: جہانگیر خان ترین; born 4 July 1953) is a Pakistani politician and businessman who is currently a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan and serving as the Secretary General of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Born in Comilla, Tareen was educated at the Forman Christian College, Lahore, and later attended the University of North Carolina. Prior to entering politics, he had been a lecturer, and a banker.

Tareen began his political career in 2002. He served as special adviser on agriculture and social sector initiatives to then Chief Minister of Punjab Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi before being appointed as the Federal Minister for Industries and Production where he served from 2004 to 2007 in the Shaukat Aziz ministry. In 2011, he joined PTI and became its General Secretary.

Tareen has been a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since 2002 and considered as one of the wealthiest politician of Pakistan.

Early life and education[edit]

Tareen was born on 4 July 1953 in Comilla, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).[1]. His father DIG Allah Nawaz Khan Tareen belongs to Tareen road Multan in Punjab, Pakistan. He graduated from Forman Christian College, Lahore in 1971[2] and received an MBA degree from the University of North Carolina, USA, in 1974.[1]

He is an entrepreneur by profession and prior to entering in politics, he has also been a lecturer, and a banker.[1] He headed the Punjab Task Force on Agriculture from 1997 to 1999 and the Punjab Task Force on Wheat Procurement and Marketing from 2001 to 2002.[1]

Tareen is considered one of the wealthiest politicians in Pakistan, with assets worth around Rs1.18 billion;[2] he owns thousands of acres of farmland and some of the largest sugar mills in Pakistan.[3] He owns a private plane in which Imran Khan often travels.[3] He inherited his first sugar mill in Rahim Yar Khan from his father-in-law Makhdoom Hasan Mehmood, who was a politician in the 1970s and 1980s.[3]

Political career[edit]

In an interview with Newsweek Pakistan, Tareen said "he doesn't belong to a political family, but he married into a political family".[4]

He began his political career in 2002[4][2] after he was elected to the National Assembly in the Pakistani general elections, 2002 from Constituency NA-195 on the ticket of Pakistan Muslim League (Q).[1][5]

He served as special adviser on agriculture and social sector initiatives to then chief minister of Punjab Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi.[4] In August 2004, he was inducted into the federal cabinet[1] and was made Federal Minister for Industries and Production[6] in the Shaukat Aziz ministry where he remained until 2007.[3][2]

In the Pakistani general election, 2008, Tareen was re-elected as the member of the National Assembly for the second time from Constituency NA-195 on the seat of Pakistan Muslim League (F).[5][7][2]

He was the parliamentary leader of PML-F in the National Assembly.[8] Later he formed a forward block known as "Tareen's group" which comprised several seasoned politicians.[9] In 2011, he said he was to launch his own political party consisting of politicians free from corruption charges.[2] He later resigned from the National Assembly[7] and in November 2011, joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf along with a number of associates, saying that his vision was similar to PTI.[2][8][10][11][12]

In September 2013, Imran Khan appointed Tareen as the Secretary General of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf[3][13]

In the Pakistani general election, 2013, Tareen ran for the seat of the National Assembly from Constituency NA-154 (Lodhran) on the seat of PTI, but was unsuccessful.[5][14] In the 2015 by-elections, he was re-elected as a member of the National Assembly for the third time from Constituency NA-154 (Lodhran) on the seat of PTI.[14] The seat was became vacant after Tareen filed a petition in which he accused of irregularities in the constituency during the 2013 general election.[15][16][17][18]

Reportedly, Tareen has heavily invested in Lodhran.[3]

Controversies[edit]

In 2016, DAWN reported that critics of Tareen alleged that his sugar business thrived during the Pervez Musharraf rule during his tenure as Minister for Industries and Production for five years.[3] DAWN further reported that there are many allegations of money laundering and loans defaulted against Tareen.[3] Mohammad Zubair Umar also accused Tareen of multiplying wealth as a federal minister during the Musharraf rule saying that "Tareen waived a loan of Rs247 million together with interest drawn in the name of ‘superior textile mills".[19] A reference filed against Tareen alleged he had received a Rs101m loan from the Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited in the name of Tandlianwala Sugar Mills, which was later written off in 2005.[20]

In 2016, PML-N filed a reference to disqualify Tareen from his National Assembly seat for "submitting false statements with the Election Commission of Pakistan and misleading the commission".[21] In 2017, ECP rejected disqualification references against Tareen.[22]

DAWN reported that Tareen is known to finance protests and anti-government rallies of PTI.[3]

In 2016, Federal Board of Revenue informed the Supreme Court of Pakistan that Tareen had not disclosed his offshore company in his wealth statements from 2010 to 2015.[23] Later Tareen admitted that he had an offshore company in the United Kingdom registered under the names of his children.[3][24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "New federal ministers". DAWN.COM. 2 September 2004. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Jehangir Tareen". DAWN.COM. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Jahangir Tareen: PTI's money man". Herald Magazine. Dawn. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Newsweek Pakistan. 29 July 2011. Archived from the original on 13 February 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "NA-154 (Lodhran-I): In a first, army given anti-terror powers for by-elections - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 23 December 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Jehangir Tareen among 14 ex-ministers to join PTI". The Nation. 6 November 2011. Archived from the original on 14 November 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Resignation of six MNAs accepted". DAWN.COM. 5 January 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Tareen to launch 'party of the clean' in September". DAWN.COM. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "Tareens clean men divided on PTI". The Nation. 22 September 2013. Archived from the original on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "Influential figures likely to join PTI". DAWN.COM. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "Hurtling ahead: 'Clean' Tareen, Leghari brothers join PTI - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 20 December 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "Legharis, Tarin, Kasuri to jump aboard PTI ship". Pakistan Today. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "Imran's 'war on three fronts'". DAWN.COM. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "PTI's Tareen trounces PML-N's Baloch in NA-154 Lodhran by-poll: unofficial results". DAWN.COM. 24 December 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  15. ^ "Voting ends as Baloch, Tareen face off in NA-154 by-poll". DAWN.COM. 23 December 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  16. ^ "PTI's Jehangir Tareen wins NA-154 by-poll". The News. 24 December 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  17. ^ "Election tribunal orders re-election in NA-154, deseats PML-N lawmaker". DAWN.COM. 26 August 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  18. ^ "PTI's Tareen trounces PML-N's Baloch in NA-154 Lodhran by-poll: unofficial results". DAWN.COM. 24 December 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "Tarin largest contractor of TCP, reveals minister". DAWN.COM. 26 November 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  20. ^ "ECP receives references against PTI leaders". DAWN.COM. 6 September 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  21. ^ "PML-N files disqualification reference against PTI's Jahangir Tareen". DAWN.COM. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  22. ^ "ECP rejects disqualification references against Imran Khan, Jehangir Tareen". DAWN.COM. 16 March 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  23. ^ "PTI leader didn't disclose offshore company, SC told". DAWN.COM. 26 November 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  24. ^ "PTI's Tareen finally admits owning offshore company in children's name". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 

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