Ijaz-ul-Haq

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Ijaz-ul-Haq
MNA
Minister for Religious Affairs
In office
11 January 2004 – 26 November 2007
President Pervez Musharraf
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz
Succeeded by Hamid Saeed Kazmi
Minister for Minorities
In office
11 January 2004 – 26 November 2007
President Pervez Musharraf
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz
Succeeded by Shahbaz Bhatti
Minister for Labour, Manpower and Overseas Pakistanis
In office
1 November 1990 – 18 July 1993
President Ghulam Ishaq Khan
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Personal details
Nationality Pakistani
Political party Pakistan Muslim League (Z)
Alma mater Southern Illinois University

Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq (Urdu: محمد اعجاز الحق‎) is a Pakistani politician who is currently a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan and the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (Z). He served as Minister for Religious Affairs and Minorities in the government of General Pervez Musharraf from 2004 to 2007, after having served as Minister for Labour, Manpower and Overseas Pakistanis in the government of Nawaz Sharif from 1990 to 1993.

A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Ijaz worked as a banker prior to entering in politics in 1988, following the assassination of his father General Zia-ul-Haq, Pakistan's then-President of Pakistan. He has been an elected member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since 1990.

Early life and education[edit]

Haq was born to Zia-ul-Haq.[1][2]

He received his master's degree in business administration from Southern Illinois University, United States.[3]

He was as a banker prior to entering politics in 1990 in Bahrain where he was vice president at Citibank.[3]

Political career[edit]

Upon death of his father then President of Pakistan General Zia in a plane crash in 1988, Ijaz returned to Pakistan and entered politics.[3]

Haq was elected as the member of the National Assembly of Pakistan for the first time in Pakistani general election, 1990 from NA-54 Rawalpindi constituency defeating the PPP candidate[4][5] from two constituencies; NA-39 and NA-72 on Islami Jamhoori Ittehad ticket.[6] The elections were declared manipulated and rigged by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 2012.[6]

Haq was re-elected as the member of the National Assembly of Pakistan for the second time in Pakistani general election, 1993 from NA-54 Rawalpindi constituency defeating the PPP candidate.[4]

Haq was re-elected as the member of the National Assembly of Pakistan for the third time in Pakistani general election, 1997 from NA-54 Rawalpindi constituency defeating the PPP candidate.[4] Following the election, he was appointed as the federal minister for Labour, Manpower and overseas Pakistanis where he served from 1997 to 1999 during Nawaz Sharif second ministry until Sharif government was overthrown soon afterward in a 1999 Pakistani coup d'état by General Pervez Musharraf in 1999.[1]

Later Haq made differences with Nawaz Sharif and created his own party PML-Z.[1]

He was re-elected as the member of the National Assembly of Pakistan for the fourth time in Pakistani general election, 2002 from Bahawalnagar constituency.[1] However, he lost the elections in NA-54 Rawalpindi constituency from where he earlier won three general elections in a row.[4]

He allied with PML-Q and was appointed as the Federal Minister for religious affairs[1] and Federal Minister for Minorities in Musharraf government.[7][8]

He ran in the Pakistani general election, 2008 from only one constituency Bahawalnagar instead of two[4] but lost the election for the first time[1] Following the defeat in the elections, he resigned from the PML-Q in 2010.[1][9] to a PPP candidate.[7]

He was elected to the Provincial Assembly of Punjab from Bahawalnagar constituency in by-elections held in 2010.[1]

In 2012, it was reported that he may join PML-N[8] and get PML-N ticket to run in upcoming general elections from constituency Bahawalnagar NA-191.[7] In 2013, he allied with PML-N.[1]

Haq ran for the seat of the National Assembly from two Bahawalnagar constituencies in Pakistani general election, 2013 however lost from NA-190 and won NA-191.[10][11] He was re-elected as the member of the National Assembly of Pakistan for the fifth time from constituency NA-191 defeating a candidate of PPP [12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Zia's son Ijaz-ul-Haq decides to join hands with Nawaz". DAWN.COM. 23 October 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Gen Beg responsible for Bahawalpur crash: Ijaz - Pakistan | Dunya News". dunyanews.tv. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Times, Barbara Crossette, Special To The New York (9 August 1990). "Son of Former Military Ruler Goes Into Politics in Pakistan". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Battle for NA-54 seat sharpens". DAWN.COM. 26 December 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Analysis: Soldier of misfortune by Khaled Ahmed". www.thefridaytimes.com. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Six Pakistani PMs, two presidents won the rigged 1990 polls". www.thenews.com.pk. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c "Ijaz may get PML-N ticket for NA-191". DAWN.COM. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Pre-election politicking: Ijazul Haq to join PML-N - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 23 October 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Is the pot calling the kettle black?". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "Musharraf will leave country soon: Ijaz". DAWN.COM. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "Musharraf to leave country, says Ijazul Haq". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "Ejaz wins NA-191". DAWN.COM. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "PML-N bagged 119pc more votes than in 2008". DAWN.COM. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2017.