Murad Saeed

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Murad Saeed
Minister of State for Postal Services
Assumed office
26 October 2018
PresidentArif Alvi
Prime MinisterImran Khan
Minister of State for Communications
Assumed office
18 September 2018
PresidentArif Alvi
Prime MinisterImran Khan
Minister of State for States and Frontier Regions
In office
11 September 2018 – 18 September 2018
PresidentArif Alvi
Prime MinisterImran Khan
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
Assumed office
13 August 2018
ConstituencyNA-4 (Swat-III)
In office
1 June 2013 – 31 May 2018
ConstituencyNA-29 (Swat-I)
Personal details
Born (1986-08-17) August 17, 1986 (age 32)
NationalityPakistani
Political partyPakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Net worth3.6 million (US$34,000)[1]

Murad Saeed (Urdu: مراد سعید‎; born 17 August 1986) is a Pakistani politician who is the current Federal Minister for Communications and Minister for Postal Services, in office since 18 September 2018 and 26 October 2018, respectively. He has been a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan, since August 2018. Previously, he served as Minister of State for States and Frontier Regions from 11 September to 18 September 2018.

Previously, he was a member of the National Assembly from June 2013 to May 2018.

Early life and education[edit]

Saeed was born on 17 August 1986[2]. Reportedly, Saeed holds Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Environmental Sciences from University of Peshawar.[3]

Fake degree issue[edit]

In 2015, Bachelor of Science degree of Saeed was challenged[4] after a student group accused him of passing three papers in one hour.[5] Following the controversy, Saeed approached the Peshawar High Court and told that he had attended University of Peshawar from 2005 to 2009 for his undergraduate degree and passed all his courses.[3] The University of Peshawar found marks certificate to be incorrect and fake[6] and said that Saeed's marks certificate does not have its official stamp and the three papers still needed to clear to get degree to obtain his BSc Environmental Sciences degree.[4]

It was reported that committee formed to resolve the issue later recommended to remove the vice chancellor of the University of Peshawar.[3] In 2015, the University of Peshawar asked the Peshawar High Court to disqualify Saeed from his National Assembly seat for making a false declaration of his Bachelor of Science degree while filing nomination papers for the 2013 general elections.[7][8] Following which Saeed obtained stay order from the court.[4] In March 2018, the Peshawar High Court dismissed the petition.[9]

Political career[edit]

Saeed was the founder of Insaf Student Federation, the student wing of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa[3] and remained its central president for four years.[10]

Saeed was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan as a candidate of PTI from Constituency NA-29 Swat in Pakistani general election, 2013.[11][12][3]

Saeed made national news in March 2017, when a scuffle broke out between him and fellow MNA Mian Javed Latif. Saeed reportedly assaulted Javed Latif outside the National Assembly building after Latif called Imran Khan a "traitor".[13][14][15][16][17] The issue was resolved later by the National Assembly Jirga.[18] In April 2018, he again made national news after a scuffle broke out between him and Abid Sher Ali inside the National Assembly.[19]

He was re-elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of PTI from Constituency NA-4 (Swat-III) in Pakistani general election, 2018.[20] He received 71,600 votes and defeated Saleem Khan, a candidate of Awami National Party (ANP).[21]

On 11 September 2018, he was inducted into the federal cabinet of Prime Minister Imran Khan[22] and was appointed as Minister of State for States and Frontier Regions.[23][24] On 18 September, his ministerial portfolio was changed and he was appointed as Minister of State for Communications.[25]

On 26 October 2018, he was given the additional ministerial portfolio of Postal Services[26] and was appointed as Minister of State for Postal Services.[27]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Detail Information". www.pildat.org. PILDAT. Archived from the original on 25 April 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Murad Saeed: Determination forged in the fire of conflict - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 2 June 2013. Archived from the original on 4 March 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Many lawmakers still on stay orders". www.thenews.com.pk. 26 August 2015. Archived from the original on 4 March 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Murad Saeed's degree: Teachers threaten to quit after govt committee recommends sacking UoP VC - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 7 August 2015. Archived from the original on 5 February 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  6. ^ "PTI MNA in trouble over make-up examination". DAWN.COM. 22 April 2015. Archived from the original on 4 March 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Varsity seeks dismissal of MNA's petition for degree". DAWN.COM. 11 April 2015. Archived from the original on 4 March 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  8. ^ "PHC moved for Murad Saeed's disqualification". DAWN.COM. 29 April 2015. Archived from the original on 4 March 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Writ petition against MNA Murad Saeed dismissed". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  10. ^ "PTI tasks Murad Saeed to organise youth wing". The Nation. Archived from the original on 4 March 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  11. ^ "PTI, PML-N in race for two Swat NA seats". The Nation. Archived from the original on 4 March 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Pakistan General Elections 2013 - Detailed results". DAWN.COM. 12 May 2013. Archived from the original on 3 March 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Scuffle breaks out between PTI, PML-N lawmakers outside NA". DAWN.COM. 9 March 2017. Archived from the original on 13 March 2017. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  14. ^ "PML-N MNA 'apologises' for lewd remarks". DAWN.COM. 10 March 2017. Archived from the original on 13 March 2017. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  15. ^ "PML-N MNA apologises for slanderous remarks against PTI lawmaker's family - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 10 March 2017. Archived from the original on 15 March 2017. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  16. ^ "PTI's Murad Saeed punches PML-N MNA". www.thenews.com.pk. Archived from the original on 15 March 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  17. ^ "Latif, Saeed face suspension from NA". DAWN.COM. 14 March 2017. Archived from the original on 16 March 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  18. ^ "NA Jirga amicably resolved issue of Javed Latif and Murad Saeed". Radio Pakistan. Archived from the original on 16 March 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  19. ^ "Watch: Murad Saeed lunges 'towards Abid Sher Ali' amid budget session - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 27 April 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Murad Saeed of PTI wins NA-4 election". Associated Press Of Pakistan. 26 July 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  21. ^ "NA-4 Result - Election Results 2018 - Swat 3 - NA-4 Candidates - NA-4 Constituency Details - thenews.com.pk". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  22. ^ "PM Imran's cabinet expanded by six | The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 11 September 2018. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  23. ^ Reporter, The Newspaper's Staff (13 September 2018). "State ministers for revenue, frontier regions notified". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  24. ^ "Govt announces portfolios of new ministers". www.pakistantoday.com.pk. 13 September 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  25. ^ "PM changes State Minister Murad Saeed's portfolio". ARYNEWS. 18 September 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  26. ^ "Minister given task of revamping postal services". brecorder. 28 October 2018. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  27. ^ "Federal cabinet of Prime Minister Imran Khan - 7 November 2018" (PDF). Cabinet Division. Retrieved 8 November 2018.