Sherry Rehman

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Senator
Sherry Rehman
Sherry Rehman (cropped).jpg
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate of Pakistan
Assumed office
22 March 2018
Member of the Senate of Pakistan
Assumed office
8 June 2015
Constituency General seat from Sindh
Pakistan Ambassador to the United States
In office
23 November 2011 – 14 May 2013
President Asif Ali Zardari
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani
Preceded by Husain Haqqani
Succeeded by Jalil Abbas Jilani
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting
In office
31 March 2008 – 14 March 2009
President Pervez Musharraf
Asif Ali Zardari
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani
Preceded by Nisar Memon
Succeeded by Qamar Zaman Kaira
Minister for Health
In office
11 April 2008 – 3 November 2008
President Pervez Musharraf
Asif Ali Zardari
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani
Succeeded by Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani
Minister for Women Development
In office
15 May 2008 – 3 November 2008
President Pervez Musharraf
Asif Ali Zardari
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani
Preceded by Nazar Muhammad Gondal
Minister for Culture
In office
24 May 2008 – 12 August 2008
President Pervez Musharraf
Asif Ali Zardari
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani
Preceded by Khawaja Saad Rafique
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
In office
17 March 2008 – 23 November 2011
Constituency Reserved seat for women
In office
2002–2007
Constituency Reserved seat for women
Personal details
Born Shehrbano Rahman
(1960-12-21) 21 December 1960 (age 57)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Political party Pakistan Peoples Party
Alma mater Smith College
University of Sussex
Website www.sherryrehman.com

Sherry Rehman (Urdu: شیری رحمان‎; born 21 December 1960) is a Pakistani politician and former diplomat who has been the member of the Senate of Pakistan since 2015 and has been the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate since March 2018. Previously, she had been Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States from 2011 to 2013.

Born in Karachi, Rehman received her B.A from Smith College and her M.A in art history from the University of Sussex. In 1988, she joined the Herald as its editor and remained with the magazine until 1999. In 2002, she was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan. She was re-elected in 2008, and became a member of the Federal Cabinet under Prime Minister Gillani as the Minister for Information.

She resigned from the cabinet in 2009 and went on to serve as the Chair of the Pakistan Red Crescent and founded the non-partisan think tank, Jinnah Institute. In November 2011, she was appointed as the Ambassador to the United States and remained until April 2013. In 2015, she was elected to the Senate.

Early life and education[edit]

Born as Sherbano Rehman on 21 December 1960, in Karachi[1][2] to Hassanally A. Rahman. Her mother served as first vice president of the State Bank of Pakistan.[3] Rehman attended the Karachi Grammar School receiving her A level from there, she moved to the United States where she studied at the Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts,[4] where she received her B.A[5] in political science in 1985.[6] She moved to the United Kingdom, where she received an M.A in art history from the University of Sussex.[2] She served as the chairperson of the Jinnah Institute[4][7] which she founded.[8]

Professional career[edit]

Rehman started her professional career as a journalist with The Daily Star and then joined The Herald became its editor-in-chief at the age of 26, serving until 1998.[4][2][8] After leaving Herald in 1998, she co-authored the book The Kashmiri Shawl: From Jamawar to Paisley.[4] She worked as a professional journalist for 20 years[5][3] and served as a member of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors from 1988 to 1998.[2] Rehman hosted a television current affairs show in 1999.[3] She has also worked for the Pakistan Red Crescent Society as chairperson.[9][3]

Political career[edit]

She was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan for the first time as a candidate for PPP on reserved seat for women in Pakistani general election, 2002[3][4] where she remained until 2007. During her tenure as Member of the National Assembly, she remained Central Information Secretary of PPP, President of Policy Planning for the PPP and remained a part of the party's Foreign Relations Committee.[2]

Rehman was re-elected to the National Assembly as a candidate for PPP on the reserved seat for women from Sindh in Pakistani general election, 2008.[2][4] During her second tenure as Member of the National Assembly, she authored severals legislations which were tabled in the National Assembly.[2]

In March 2008, she was inducted into the federal cabinet of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani and was appointed as the Minister for Information and Broadcasting.[10] She was given the additional ministerial portfolio of Health in April 2008, Women Development and Culture in May 2008. She remained Minister for Culture until August 2008. In November 2008, she relinquished portfolios of Health and Women Development.[11]

Rehman resigned her post as Information Minister in March 2009 in protest over government attempt to put restrictions on the press freedom.[5][12][13]

In November 2011, Rehman was named Pakistan's Ambassador to United States following the resignation of Hussain Haqqani,[4] who was asked to resign by Prime Minister Gilani in the wake of the "Memogate" scandal.[12][14][9][15] She quit the office of Pakistan’s ambassador in the US in May 2013.[16]

In June 2015, she was elected to the Senate of Pakistan for the first time as a candidate of PPP on general seat from Sindh and replaced Abdul Latif Ansari.[17][16]

In March 2018, she was elected as the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and became the first female in Pakistan to hold the office.[1]

Controversies[edit]

In 2010, she tabled a bill seeking to abolish the death penalty for blasphemy, as a result she was placed under police surveillance after receiving death threats. Rehman was accused of committing "blasphemy, a crime that carries the death penalty" in Pakistan" in connection with a 2010 TV talk show."[3] Her accusers went to the Pakistan "Supreme Court with his complaint after police refused to register it. The court ordered police in the central Pakistani city of Multan to investigate."[18][19][5]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • In 2002, she became first Pakistani to be recognised with an award for independent journalism by the UK House of Lords in its Muslim World Awards Ceremony.[20]
  • In January 2009, a report of the International Republican Institute referred to her as "Democracy's Hero" as a result of her struggle for the cause of democracy in Pakistan.[21] In the same month, Rehman was named among the "100 Most Influential Asians" by UAE magazine Ahlan.[2]
  • In 2012, she received Smith College Medal for her ‘extraordinary achievements and outstanding service’ to Pakistan.[22]
  • In 2006, she received R.L Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award, for The Kashmiri Shawl.[23]
  • In 2008, she was presented the International Peace Award for Democrats by the Human Rights Commission.[24]
  • She also won the International Human Rights Commission Award for her work for human rights and peace.[23]
  • In 2009, she was given the title of "Democracy's Hero" by the International Republican Institute.[23]
  • In 2009, she received 'The Freedom Award' Pakistan by the Association of Television Journalists.[25][26]
  • In 2011, she received Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Award by The Women’s Democracy Network, Washington[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Guramani, Nadir (22 March 2018). "Sherry Rehman becomes the first female Leader of the Opposition in Senate". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 22 March 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Sherry Rehman – profile". DAWN.COM. 23 November 2011. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Profile: Pakistan's new US envoy Sherry Rehman". BBC News. 23 November 2011. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Profile: Sherry Rehman, from journalist to ambassador – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 23 November 2011. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d Constable, Pamela; Constable, Pamela (7 February 2012). "Pakistan's new envoy brings liberal charm but faces slim chance for diplomatic thaw". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "Profile". www.senate.gov.pk. Senate of Pakistan. Archived from the original on 8 September 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Extraordinary Pakistanis: Sherry Rehman – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 21 May 2015. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Switching gears: Sherry Rehman found her calling for change – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 12 October 2013. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "Sherry Rehman appointed Pak Ambassador to US – GEO.tv". 23 November 2011. Archived from the original on 16 April 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "24-member federal cabinet takes oath". www.thenews.com.pk. Archived from the original on 12 February 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2018. 
  11. ^ "Yousaf Raza Gillani cabinet" (PDF). Cabinet Division. Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 May 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2018. 
  12. ^ a b "Pakistan appoints liberal lawmaker as new U.S. envoy". Washington Post. 23 November 2011. Archived from the original on 17 April 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  13. ^ "Federal cabinet: The twists and turns". Archived from the original on 9 August 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  14. ^ "Sherry Rehman appointed Pakistan's Ambassador to the US – The Express Tribune". Tribune.com.pk. Archived from the original on 11 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  15. ^ Masood, Salman; Rosenberg, Matthew (23 November 2011). "Sherry Rehman Chosen as Pakistani Ambassador to U.S." The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 21 February 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2017. 
  16. ^ a b "PPP's Sherry Rehman elected Senator unopposed". DAWN.COM. 8 June 2015. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  17. ^ "Sherry Rehman elected senator unopposed". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 12 February 2018. 
  18. ^ "Ambassador from Pakistan: Who is Sherry Rehman?". AllGov. Archived from the original on 21 February 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2017. 
  19. ^ "Pakistan's Sherry Rehman stands alone after colleagues' assassinations". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  20. ^ "PM Gilani appoints Sherry Rehman ambassador to US". Business Recorder. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  21. ^ "Sherry Rehman honoured as 'Democracy's Hero' | Pakistan | News | Newspaper | Daily | English | Online". 17 January 2010. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  22. ^ "Sherry Rehman to get prestigious Smith College Medal". 28 July 2014. Archived from the original on 28 July 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  23. ^ a b c "Zardari and Sherry among 'top Asians'". DAWN.COM. 12 January 2009. Archived from the original on 24 August 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  24. ^ "Peace award for Sherry Rehman". www.thenews.com.pk. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  25. ^ Reporter, The Newspaper's Staff (23 March 2009). "KARACHI: Conciliatory politics need of the hour: Sherry". DAWN.COM. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  26. ^ "Sherry to get award for 'extraordinary accomplishments'". The Nation. Archived from the original on 9 July 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  27. ^ "WDN to Honor Frances Fragos Townsend and Sherry Rehman with 2011 Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Award". Archived from the original on 9 March 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Nisar Memon
Minister for Information and Broadcasting
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Qamar Zaman Kaira
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Husain Haqqani
Pakistan Ambassador to the United States
2011–present
Incumbent