Sherry Rehman

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Sherry Rehman
Sherry Rehman 1.jpg
25th 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
Minister of Information and Broadcasting
In office
31 March 2008 – 14 March 2009
President Asif Ali Zardari
Pervez Musharraf
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani
Preceded by Kamar Zhaman Kaera
Succeeded by Muhammad Nasir Khan
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
In office
31 March 2008 – 23 November 2011
In office
Pakistani Senator from Sindh
Assumed office
8 June 2015
Constituency Sindh Province
Personal details
Born Shehrbano Rahman
(1960-12-21) 21 December 1960 (age 56)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Political party Pakistan Peoples Party
Alma mater Smith College (1985)
University of Sussex

Sherry Rehman (Urdu: شیری رحمان‎, Sindhi: شيرري رحمان‎; born 21 December 1960) is a Pakistani politician and diplomat who currently serves as a member of the Senate of Pakistan from Sindh, in office since 2015. Previously she served as Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States from 2011 and 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 December 21, 1960, in Karachi[1] to Hassanally A. Rahman, her father. Her mother served as first vice president of the State Bank of Pakistan.[2] 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,[3] where she received her B.A[4] in political science in 1985.[5] She moved to the United Kingdom, where she received an M.A in art history from the University of Sussex.[1] She served as the chairperson of the Jinnah Institute[3][6] which she founded.[7]

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.[3][1][7] After leaving Herald in 1998, she co-authored the book The Kashmiri Shawl: From Jamawar to Paisley.[3] She worked as a professional journalist for 20 years[4][2] and served as a member of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors from 1988 to 1998.[1] Rehman hosted a television current affairs show in 1999.[2] She has also worked for the Pakistan Red Crescent Society as chairperson.[8][2]

Political career[edit]

She was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan for the first time in Pakistani general election, 2002 on reserved seat for women.[2][1][3] Rehman was re-elected to the National Assembly in Pakistani general election, 2002 to the reserved seat for women.[1][3] She was appointed as the Minister for Information and Broadcasting[2][3] in March 2008 during the premiership of Yousaf Raza Gillani[4] with the additional portfolio of Health, Women Development and Culture.[3] Rehman resigned her post as Information Minister in March 2009 in protest over government attempt to put restrictions on the press freedom.[4][9][10]

In November 2011, Rehman was named Pakistan's Ambassador to United States following the resignation of Hussain Haqqani,[3] who was asked to resign by Prime Minister Gilani in the wake of the "Memogate" scandal.[9][11][8][12] She quit the office of Pakistan’s ambassador in the US in May 2013.[13] In June 2015, she was elected to Senate of Pakistan for the first time from Sindh.[13]


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."[2] 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."[14][15][4]

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.[16]
  • 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.[17] In the same month, Rehman was named among the "100 Most Influential Asians" by UAE magazine Ahlan.[1]
  • In 2012, she received Smith College Medal for her ‘extraordinary achievements and outstanding service’ to Pakistan.[18]
  • In 2006, she received R.L Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award, for The Kashmiri Shawl.[19]
  • In 2008, she was presented the International Peace Award for Democrats by the Human Rights Commission.[20]
  • She also won the International Human Rights Commission Award for her work for human rights and peace.[19]
  • In 2009, she was given the title of "Democracy's Hero" by the International Republican Institute.[19]
  • In 2009, she received 'The Freedom Award' Pakistan by the Association of Television Journalists.[21][22]
  • In 2011, she received Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Award by The Women’s Democracy Network, Washington[23]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Sherry Rehman – profile". DAWN.COM. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Profile: Pakistan's new US envoy Sherry Rehman". BBC News. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Profile: Sherry Rehman, from journalist to ambassador – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Constable, Pamela; Constable, Pamela (7 February 2012). "Pakistan’s new envoy brings liberal charm but faces slim chance for diplomatic thaw". The Washington Post. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Profile". Senate of Pakistan. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "Extraordinary Pakistanis: Sherry Rehman – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 21 May 2015. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Switching gears: Sherry Rehman found her calling for change – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Sherry Rehman appointed Pak Ambassador to US –". 23 November 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "Pakistan appoints liberal lawmaker as new U.S. envoy". Washington Post. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "Federal cabinet: The twists and turns". Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  11. ^ "Sherry Rehman appointed Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US – The Express Tribune". Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  12. ^ Masood, Salman; Rosenberg, Matthew (2011-11-23). "Sherry Rehman Chosen as Pakistani Ambassador to U.S.". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-02-20. 
  13. ^ a b "PPP's Sherry Rehman elected Senator unopposed". DAWN.COM. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  14. ^ "Ambassador from Pakistan: Who is Sherry Rehman?". AllGov. Retrieved 2017-02-20. 
  15. ^ "Pakistan’s Sherry Rehman stands alone after colleagues’ assassinations". Washington Post. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  16. ^ "PM Gilani appoints Sherry Rehman ambassador to US". Business Recorder. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  17. ^ "Sherry Rehman honoured as 'Democracy's Hero' | Pakistan | News | Newspaper | Daily | English | Online". 17 January 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  18. ^ "Sherry Rehman to get prestigious Smith College Medal". 28 July 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  19. ^ a b c "Zardari and Sherry among ‘top Asians’". DAWN.COM. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  20. ^ "Peace award for Sherry Rehman". Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  21. ^ Reporter, The Newspaper's Staff (23 March 2009). "KARACHI: Conciliatory politics need of the hour: Sherry". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  22. ^ "Sherry to get award for ‘extraordinary accomplishments’". The Nation. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  23. ^ "WDN to Honor Frances Fragos Townsend and Sherry Rehman with 2011 Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Award". Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Qamar Zaman Kaira
Minister of Information and Broadcasting
Succeeded by
Muhammad Nasir Khan
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Husain Haqqani
Pakistan Ambassador to the United States