Sardar Ayaz Sadiq

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Sardar Ayaz Sadiq
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19th Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan
Assumed office
9 November 2015
Deputy Murtaza Javed Abbasi
Preceded by Murtaza Javed Abbasi (Acting)
In office
3 June 2013 – 22 August 2015
Deputy Murtaza Javed Abbasi
Preceded by Fahmida Mirza
Succeeded by Murtaza Javed Abbasi (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1954-10-17) 17 October 1954 (age 62)[1][2]
Lahore, Pakistan
Political party Pakistan Muslim League (N)
(2001–present)
Alma mater Aitchison College
Hailey College of Commerce

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq (Urdu: سردار اياز صادق‎; born 17 October 1954) is a Pakistani politician who is the 19th and current Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan. A leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N), Sadiq has been a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since 2002, representing Lahore.

In June 2013, Sadiq was elected to replace Fahmida Mirza as Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan following Mirza's retirement.

Early life and education[edit]

Sadiq was born on 17 October 1954 in Lahore to Muhammad Sadiq and Attiya Sadiq.[2] He belongs to Arain family hailing from Kasur, Punjab.[1]

He completed his education from Aitchison College, Lahore. Imran Khan, Nisar Ali Khan, Pervaiz Khattak, Sardar Akhtar Mengal and Zulfiqar Ali Magsi were amongst his class fellows when Sadiq was enrolled in Aitchison College.[1] In an interview, Sadiq said he was an average student.[3]

Sadiq received degree in commerce from Hailey College of Punjab University[1] in 1975.

Sadiq married to Reema Ayaz in 1977, and has a daughter and two sons.[2] Sadiq is a son-in-law of former Chief Justice of Lahore High Court Sardar Iqbal.[1]

Since 1996, Sadiq has been a member of the Lahore Gymkhana Club.[1]

Sadiq is a businessman by profession and has had business contracts with Pakistan Railways.[1] He along with members of his family runs a non-profit hospital "Sardar Trust Eye Hospital".[1][2]

Political career[edit]

Sadiq began his political career as a member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the late 1990s[1] when he was a close friend of PTI chairman Imran Khan.[3] Both Imran Khan and Sadiq ran for elections together on PTI ticket however both lost the polls to Pakistan Muslim League (N)[3] following which Sadiq left PTI in 1998 owing to differences with Imran Khan.[3]

Sadiq joined PML-N in 2001.[2]

In Pakistani general election, 2002, Sadiq was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan for the first time on the PML-N ticket from NA-122 Lahore constituency[4] [5][3] by defeating Imran Khan.[1] Sadiq claimed "it was a big victory as his leader Nawaz Sharif in exile and Pervez Musharraf, a close aide of Imran Khan at that time, in power".[3] During his tenure as the member of the National Assembly, he remained a member of the National Assembly's Standing Committees on Railways,[1] Finance and Defence Production.[2]

In Pakistani general election, 2008, Sadiq was re-elected to the National Assembly for the second time on the PML-N ticket from same NA-122 Lahore constituency.[6][5] During his tenure as the member of the National Assembly, he became the chairman of the National Assembly's Standing Committees on Railways.[1]

In Pakistani general election, 2013, Sadiq was re-elected to the National Assembly for the third time on the PML-N ticket from Lahore NA-122 constituency[5] by defeating Imran Khan.[7][1] In June 2013, Sadiq was elected as the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan.[7][8][9][10]

In 2015, Imran Khan alleged rigging in the constituency of Sadiq from where Sadiq won in 2013 election.[11] Following which the Election Commission of Pakistan de-seated Sadiq and ordered re-polling in the constituency.[12] In October 2015, Sadiq retained his National Assembly seat by defeating a PTI candidate in by-election and was re-elected to the National Assembly for the fourth time.[13][14] In November 2015, Sadiq retained its position as the speaker of the National Assembly by getting re-elected for the second time[15] and become first person to have been elected as the Speaker of National Assembly for the second time during the same government's tenure in Pakistan.[15]

He is generally considered a soft-spoken and cool-headed politician in Pakistan.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Ayaz Sadiq — a profile". Dawn. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Profile of Speaker". National Assembly of Pakistan. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "I hit Imran with a hockey stick, says NA Speaker". DAWN.COM. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "As Pakistan goes to polls: Take a peek at some major NA constituencies". DAWN.COM. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "Imran Khan loses Lahore seat to PML-N - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "NA-122-Lahore-V election results". Geo News. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "PML-N's Ayaz Sadiq submits nomination papers for speaker NA". DAWN.COM. 2 June 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Coveted posts: New speaker, his deputy in saddle - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "PML-N's Ayaz Sadiq elected speaker of the National Assembly - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "PML-Ns Sardar Ayaz elected NA speaker, Murtaza Javed deputy". Geo News. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "NA-122 rigging allegations: Tribunal terms Ayaz Sadiq's election null and void - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "NA-122 election tribunal deseats Ayaz Sadiq, orders re-polling". DAWN.COM. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "Ayaz Sadiq takes oath as MNA". DAWN.COM. 6 November 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "Ayaz Sadiq retakes NA-122, but PML-N loses provincial assembly seat to PTI". DAWN.COM. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  15. ^ a b "Ayaz Sadiq elected NA Speaker again". DAWN.COM. 9 November 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Fahmida Mirza
Speaker of the National Assembly
2013 - present
Incumbent