Shireen Mazari

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Shireen Mazari
MNA
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
Assumed office
1 June 2013
President Mamnoon Hussain
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Personal details
Nationality Pakistan
Political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Alma mater London School of Economics
Columbia University

Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari (Urdu: شیرین مہرالنساء مزاری‎) is a Pakistani politician who is currently a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan and serves as a chief whip for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

Mazari studied at the London School of Economics and later received her PhD from Columbia University in political science. Mazari joined Quaid-e-Azam University as an associate professor and later moved to head the university's strategic studies department. Mazari became the head of the government-funded The Institute of Strategic Studies and remained until she was sacked in 2008. In 2009, Mazari became the editor of the The Nation.

Mazari joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in 2008. She was elected to the National Assembly in 2013 from Punjab.

Early life and education[edit]

Mazari is a graduate of the London School of Economics. She received her PhD in Political science from Columbia University.[1][2][3]

Professional career[edit]

In 2008, Government of Pakistan removed Mazari from the post of Director General of The Institute of Strategic Studies where she was due to retire in 2009.[4][5][3][1][6]

In 2009, Mazari was appointed as the editor of The Nation.[1][5][7] She also hosted a weekly television show on the Waqt News.[3]

She had been an associate professor at Quaid-i-Azam University and later became chairperson of the university's Department of Defense and Strategic Studies.[3]

Political career[edit]

Mazari joined the PTI in 2008[8][9] citing "policy differences and its takeover by corrupt elements"[6] after she was served a show cause notice by PTI for “making unfounded, incorrect, inaccurate and false statements in the media.”[6]

In 2009, she was Information Secretary and Spokesperson of PTI.[5][10]

In 2012, she resigned from PTI[8][9] where she was the Central Vice President[11] and incharge of Foreign Policy.[12]

She rejoined PTI in 2013.[9]

She was elected as the member of the National Assembly of Pakistan for the first time in Pakistani general election, 2013 on the ticket of PTI on reserved seats for women from Punjab.[13][14][15][16][17]

She was the chief whip of PTI in the National Assembly of Pakistan.[18]

Controversies[edit]

In 2016, Defence Minister of Pakistan Khawaja Asif called her "tractor trolley" during the session in the National Assembly.[19]

She was nicknamed "Lady Taliban" for her political views.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Markey, Daniel S. (2013). No exit from Pakistan : America's tortured relationship with Islamabad. New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-10-762359-0. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Making some sense out of nonsense". Pakistan Today. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d "TheNation welcomes new Editor". The Nation. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "ISSI DG Shireen Mazari removed". Daily Times. 15 May 2008. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "Shireen Mazari replaces Arif Nizami as Editor The Nation". 8 September 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c "Shireen Mazari quits PTI". DAWN.COM. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "CIA slur has chilling parallel with Pearl". The Australian. 25 November 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Shireen Mazari rejoins PTI - thenews.com.pk". The News. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c "Reserved seats for women and the elite's hold on them - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "Clarification". The News. 7 September 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "Shireen Mazari quits PTI - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "Shireen Mazari resigns, alleges PTI hijacked by 'big money'". DAWN.COM. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "Women, minority seats allotted". DAWN.COM. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  14. ^ "PML-N secures most reserved seats for women in NA - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  15. ^ "Women's reserved seats: Top politicians' spouses, kin strike it lucky - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  16. ^ "Bye bye PTI?". DAWN.COM. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  17. ^ "Capital varsity bill passed amid walkout". DAWN.COM. 19 May 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  18. ^ "PTI's Mazari questions ISPR silence on army sackings". DAWN.COM. 22 April 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  19. ^ "Ruckus in NA as defence minister calls Shireen Mazari 'tractor trolley' - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 

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