Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan
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|Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan|
|Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly|
Khan was born on August 26, 1966 in Lahore to a Muslim Rajput family with a long history of political involvement. His grandfather, Rana Inayat Khan, was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Kapurthala State. His father, Rana Abdul Rahim, was a senior lawyer and advocate of democracy who was a secretary of the Lahore High Court Bar Association, vice-chairman of the Punjab Bar Council, and member of the Pakistan Bar Council.
Khan matriculated from Crescent Model High School. He proceeded to Government College Multan to do his FSc, after which he graduated from Forman Christian College in Lahore. He obtained the degree of LL.B. in 1991 from Punjab Law College. Khan served as secretary of the Lahore High Court Bar Association in 2001, becoming the youngest secretary in the history of the association. He has also served as chairman of the Legal Aid Committee (1993), chairperson of ARD’s Legal Committee, and president of the Lawyer Forum Punjab, and is a member of the International Bar Association. His law group, Khan & Gajana, specializes in banking, finance, corporate and intellectual property law with an emphasis on civil and corporate litigation.
He served as vice president of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) in Punjab from 2000 to 2008. In 2002, he was elected to be a Member of the Punjab Assembly from constituency PP-149 as a candidate for the PML (N). He also contested for the office of Speaker of the Punjab Assembly and District Nazim of Lahore as a candidate of the Joint Opposition. Khan was reelected in 2008, and was subsequently elected unopposed as Deputy Speaker of the Assembly on April 11, 2008. On February 8, 2012, two gunmen attacked a car in which he was riding, but he survived unhurt.
Implication in a corruption scandal
According to Dispatch News Desk, A video tape was released by ARY News which showed Rana Mashood with Asim Malik who is wanted by FIA Pakistan. Prominent though TV Anchor Mubashir Lucman, claims that he was taking bribe on the name of Chief Minister Punjab. Lucman presented a string of video tapes in his show which showed the minister asking for kickbacks from the businessmen Mashhood claims that the video shown by Lucman has already been presented by Asim Malik to FIA, High Court and Supreme Court which has proved to be fake and edited. His party also formed a Committee to probe into matter who also gave him a clean chit.
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- "PA Deputy Speaker Rana Mashood escapes life attempt". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
- Dispatch News Desk (13 August 2014). "Rana Mashood taking bribe on behalf of Punjab CM". Dispatch News Desk. Retrieved 13 August 2014.