Khawaja Saad Rafique

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Khawaja Saad Rafique
Minister for Railway
In office
4 August 2017 – 31 May 2018
PresidentMamnoon Hussain
Prime MinisterShahid Khaqan Abbasi
Preceded byHimself
In office
7 June 2013 – 28 July 2017
PresidentMamnoon Hussain
Prime MinisterMian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif
Preceded byGhulam Ahmad Bilour
Succeeded byHimself
Minister for Culture
In office
31 March 2008 – 13 May 2008
Minister for Youth Affairs
In office
31 March 2008 – 13 May 2008
Personal details
Born (1962-11-04) November 4, 1962 (age 56)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
NationalityPakistani
Political partyPakistan Muslim League (N)
Spouse(s)Ghazala Saad Rafique
Shafaq Hira (m. 2017)
RelationsKhawaja Salman Rafique (brother)
Children3[1]
ParentsBegum Farhat Rafique (mother)
Alma materPunjab University
(BA and MA)

Khawaja Saad Rafique (Urdu: خواجہ سعد رفیق‎; born 4 November 1962) is a Pakistani politician who has been a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since October 2018.

A leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), Rafique previously served as the Minister for Railways in Abbasi cabinet from August 2017 to May 2018 and in the Sharif's third ministry from 2013 to 2017 and held the cabinet portfolio of Minister for Culture and the Minister for Youth Affairs briefly during the Gillani ministry in 2008.

Rafique had been a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan from 2002 to May 2018 and served as Special Assistant to Prime Minister for Youth Affairs from 1997 to 1999 under Sharif's second ministry.

Early life and education[edit]

Rafique was born on 4 November 1962 in Lahore, Pakistan[2][3] to Begum Farhat Rafique and Khawaja Mohammad Rafiq.[4] His father migrated from Kashmir to Amritsar and then to Lahore[5] and was a small-time businessman in Lahore who was murdered in the early 1970s. The family blamed the crime on Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.[6]

Rafique enrolled at the M.A.O College[6] and made a transfer to Punjab University in 1982. He graduated with a BA in Political science in 1984, and later attained MA in Political science in 1986.[7]

Political career[edit]

Rafique started his political career as a student leader representing Muslim Student Federation, from MAO College Lahore in early 1980s, and later on joined the PML-N.[6]

In Pakistani general elections, 1997, Rafique participated in the elections on the PML-N's ticket and elected as the member of Provincial Assembly of the Punjab for the first time.[7] He was appointed as Special Assistant to Prime Minister for Youth Affairs by then Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif,[8] but his tenure was terminated by General Pervez Musharraf after the latter 1999 Pakistani coup d'état. He was among the PML-N leaders who confronted Musharraf in the absence of Nawaz Sharif.[6]

In Pakistani general elections, 2002, Rafique elected as member of National Assembly from Constituency NA-119 for the first time.[9] During the period, he served as president of PML-N Punjab.[7]

In Pakistani general elections, 2008, Rafique was re-elected as the member of the National Assembly for the second time from Constituency NA-125.[9] He was appointed as the Minister for Culture and Minister for Youth Affairs in the Gillani ministry[9] but he resigned after PML-N's went on to lead the Lawyer's movement to restore the judiciary.[7][10]

He was eventually arrested and imprisoned after calling for Musharraf's removal. He, along with party colleagues and lawyers, took to the streets calling for the resignation of the Musharraf and the reinstatement of judges deposed by him. He was also put behind bars for partaking in violent protests for the said purpose.[7][11] Among PML-N's leaders, Rafique was one of the activist who kept the PML-N alive during the Musharraf government.[7]

In Pakistani general election, 2013, Rafique was re-elected as the member of the National Assembly for the third time.[9][6] His wife, Ghazala Saad, was also allotted PML-N's ticket.[12] In June 2013, Rafique was appointed as Minister of Railway by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and took oath on 8 June 2013.[13]

He 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.[14] Following the election of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as Prime Minister of Pakistan, Rafique was inducted into the federal cabinet of Abbasi and was appointed Minister for Railways for the second time.[15][16] Upon the dissolution of the National Assembly on the expiration of its term on 31 May 2018, Rafique ceased to hold the office as Federal Minister for Railways.[17]

He was re-elected to Provincial Assembly of the Punjab as a candidate of PML-N from Constituency PP-168 (Lahore-XXV) in Pakistani general election, 2018.[18]

He was re-elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of PML-N from Constituency NA-131 (Lahore-IX) in by-election held on 14 October 2018.[19]

Family[edit]

He has married twice.[20] His first wife Ghazala Saad Rafique has been a member of Provincial Assembly of the Punjab.[21] He has two daughters and one son from his first wife.[1] His brother Khawaja Salman Rafique has been a member of Provincial Assembly of the Punjab and was Provincial Minister of Punjab for Health[22].

In April 2017, it was reported that Rafique has secretly married with a PTV host Shafaq Hira, without the consent of his first wife, Ghazala.[23][24] In June 2018, Rafique disclosed his second marriage with Shafaq Hira in his nomination papers for 2018 general election.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "PML-N's Saad Rafique admits to second marriage in nomination papers". 16 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Detail Information". 19 April 2014. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "If elections are held on time…". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Legislators from LAHORE (PP-116 to PP-133)". pap.gov.pk. Punjab Assembly. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Welcome to KRSF". krsf.org.pk.
  6. ^ a b c d e Ghumman, Khawar (7 June 2013). "Experience and loyalty count in the PML-N kitchen cabinet". Dawn. Archived from the original on 29 October 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Dawn.com (28 April 2013). "Khawaja Saad Rafique by Dawn". Dawn Newspaper, April 2013. Dawn Newspaper. Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  8. ^ Jamil, Farah (7 June 2013). "26 member Cabinet to take oath today". Aaj News. Archived from the original on 21 January 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  9. ^ a b c d "Federal cabinet unveiled: Enter the ministers - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 8 June 2013. Archived from the original on 26 February 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  10. ^ Wasim, Amir (April 10, 2008). "Coalition move gathers momentum: President's impeachment". Dawn Newspapers, 2008. Dawn Newspapers, 2008. Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Saad finally on other side of bars". Dawn. 23 November 2007. Archived from the original on 13 October 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  12. ^ Mahmood, Amjad (31 March 2013). "PML-N influential groups prevail: Workers 'ignored' for women's reserved seats". Dawn Newspaper, 31 March 2013. Dawn Newspaper. Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  13. ^ Hussain, Tayyab (8 June 2013). "25-member cabinet takes oath". Pakistan Today. Pakistan Today. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  14. ^ "PM Nawaz Sharif steps down; federal cabinet stands dissolved". Daily Pakistan Global. Archived from the original on 28 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  15. ^ "New cabinet takes oath: Khawaja Asif foreign minister, Ahsan Iqbal interior minister". DAWN.COM. 4 August 2017. Archived from the original on 4 August 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Pakistan Swears In New Federal Cabinet". Newsweek Pakistan. 4 August 2017. Archived from the original on 4 August 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  17. ^ "Notification" (PDF). Cabinet division. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 June 2018. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Pakistan election 2018 results: National and provincial assemblies". Samaa TV. Archived from the original on 2018-07-29. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  19. ^ "By-Election 2018: PTI, PML-N win four NA seats each". Geo News. 15 October 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  20. ^ Jahangir, Ramsha (25 June 2018). "Marriage, assets and conjecture rule #Elections2018".
  21. ^ "Punjab Assembly". www.pap.gov.pk. Archived from the original on 5 August 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  22. ^ "Punjab Assembly". www.pap.gov.pk. Archived from the original on 14 June 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  23. ^ "Marvi Memon 'secretly married Ishaq Dar for Rs1.5 billion haq meher'".
  24. ^ "Silent scandal: Khawaja Saad Rafique 'secretly marries' PTV anchor Dr Shafaq". Daily Pakistan Global. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  25. ^ "Saad Rafique admits second marriage with PTV news anchor in nomination papers". Daily Pakistan Global. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Minister for Youth Affairs
2008—2008
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Minister for Culture
2008—2008
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Minister for Railway
2013—present
Incumbent