Zartaj Gul

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Zartaj Gul
Minister of State for Climate Change
Assumed office
5 October 2018
PresidentArif Alvi
Prime MinisterImran Khan
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
Assumed office
13 August 2018
ConstituencyNA-191 (Dera Ghazi Khan-III)
Personal details
NationalityPakistani
Political partyPakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Alma materQueen Mary College
National College of Arts

Zartaj Gul Wazir (Urdu: زرتاج گل وزیر‎) is a Pakistani politician who is the current Minister of State for Climate Change, in office since 5 October 2018. She has been a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since August 2018.

Early life and education[edit]

Wazir hails from North Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa[1] and comes from a middle class Wazir family having no political background.[2]

She obtained her early education in her native town Bannu and Miramshah before moving to Lahore with her family.[2] She attended Queen Mary College for her undergraduate studies and then National College of Arts for her postgraduate studies.[1] She did Textile Designing from National College of Arts.[2]

After completing her education, she joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)[3] and became a volunteer with Insaf Student Forum (ISF) in 2005.[2]

She moved to Dera Ghazi Khan after getting married in 2010 and worked as a member for ISF and then as a member of PTI’s core committee and central deputy information secretary.[2]

Political career[edit]

She ran for the seat of the National Assembly of Pakistan as a candidate of PTI from Constituency NA-172 (Dera Ghazi Khan-II) in Pakistani general election, 2013 but was unsuccessful.[3] She received 38,643 votes and lost the seat to Hafiz Abdul Kareem.[4]

She was elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of PTI from NA-191 (Dera Ghazi Khan-III) in Pakistani general election, 2018.[5][6] She received 79,817 votes and defeated Awais Leghari.[7]

On 5 October 2018, she was inducted into the federal cabinet of Prime Minister Imran Khan[8] and was appointed as Minister of State for Climate Change.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Female factor: In DG Khan, Zartaj Gul Akhwand set to fight dynastic politics | The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 6 May 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Zartaj Gul: breaking barriers in clan politics in southern Punjab | The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Zartaj Gul, a young woman who upended the Legharis' rule". Geo News. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  4. ^ "2013 election result" (PDF). ECP. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Election results: Imran Khan's PTI on top". Geo News. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Live Blog - DAWN.COM". www.dawn.com. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  7. ^ "NA-191 Result - Election Results 2018 - Dera Ghazi Khan 3 - NA-191 Candidates - NA-191 Constituency Details". www.thenews.com.pk. The News. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  8. ^ Reporter, The Newspaper's Staff (6 October 2018). "Six federal ministers administered oath". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Notification - 5 October 2018" (PDF). Cabinet Division. Retrieved 6 October 2018.