Shehla Raza

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Syeda Shehla Raza Alvi
Born (1964-05-15) 15 May 1964 (age 53)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Alma mater University of Karachi
Occupation Politician
Political party PPP
Spouse(s) Ghulam Qadir
Children Two

Syeda Shehla Raza (Urdu: سیدہ شهلا رضا‎) (born 15 May 1964 in Karachi, Pakistan[1]) is a Pakistan People's Party politician in the Sindh province of Pakistan. In 2008, she was unanimously elected deputy speaker in the Thirteenth Assembly of the Sindh Assembly,[2] and re-elected in 2013 for that position in the Fourteenth Assembly.[3][4]

Raza completed her undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Karachi, receiving her Master's degree in Physiology in 1991.[5] Her political career began while she was attending university. In 1986, she joined the People's Students Federation, a student wing of the Pakistan People's Party, when political activities were banned.[2] Her activism began during this period of military rule. Three years later, Raza was elected as the Joint Secretary of the People's Student Federation.

In 1990, after the right-wing conservative alliance, the Islamic Democratic Alliance (IDA), formed a government, she was arrested and incarcerated for almost a month for her political activities, based upon allegations of a double murder and possession of illegal arms.[4][5] The charges were later dropped.[5]

Politically she was a protege of Benazir Bhutto, who picked her for the party's "reserved women's seat" in the Sindh Assembly for the 2008 elections.[5]

In 1991, she married Ghulam Qadir, a former politician and then a general manager for Shahzeb Pharmaceutical Company.[2] Her first child, a daughter, was born in 1992; in 1994 she had a son. Both of them were killed in a traffic accident in 2005.[6][7]


  1. ^ Syeda Shehla Raza. "Famous Pakistani Women". 2011-04-28. 
  2. ^ a b c "Member Profile: Mrs. Syeda Shehla Raza, PSW-138". Provincial Assembly of Sindh. 2008. Archived from the original on 26 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Member Profile: Syeda Shehla Raza, RSW-131". Provincial Assembly of Sindh. 2013. Archived from the original on 17 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Qazi, Asif (7 April 2008). "Profile of Shehla Raza". Daily Times. Lahore, Pakistan. Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Ms. Syeda Shehla Raza(Deputy Speaker-Sindh Assembly)". Kalpoint. 2008. Archived from the original on 14 September 2008. 
  6. ^ "SHC seeks report from CDGK on children's killing". Daily Times. Lahore, Pakistan. 12 September 2006. Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Abro, Razzak (8 November 2008). "Shehla takes oath as acting governor". Daily Times. Lahore, Pakistan. Archived from the original on 10 September 2015.