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Shaikh Rasheed Ahmad

D.O.B 6 November 1950

Member Since 1985

Political Party Awami Muslim League (AML)

Position Chairman

Shaikh Rasheed Ahmad
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He used to be the right-hand man of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but Nawaz Sharif left him and then he joined the newly formed Muslim League, earning himself the nickname Lota of Rawalpindi (political chameleon of Rawalpindi). He is merely popular in Rawalpindi and is known for creating a large number of schools in that city. He is famous for his "awami style" (public style) of politics. He is one of few politicians who started their political career at grass roots level and rose to prominence. He has spent overall five years in solitary confinement for the cause of democracy. He was awarded seven years rigorous imprisonment in Kalashnikov case and spent two years in New Central Jail Bahawalpur.

During his career, He has served as Federal Minister for Labour and Manpower, Information, Industries, Sports, Culture, and Tourism and Investment. He was appointed Federal Minister for Railways in May 2006 and served in that capacity until 2008. His contemporary politics is as a staunch supporter of "enlightened mideration".

History:

Sheikh Rashid Ahmed was born in Bhabra Bazar, Rawalpindi. His father was from Rawalpindi while his mother was from Amritsar. Rashid got his initial education from Christian High School, Rawalpindi. He studied at Government Polytechnic Institute, Rawalpindi and later at Gordon College. He completed his Bachelor of Laws at the University of Lahore. Throughout his education, Rashid was very active in student politics. On November 7, 1968 he organized movement against Ayub regime in which one student Hameed sacrificing his life became Shaheed. Rashid was among three students who were barred from getting admission in any educational institution.
Later he got admission in Gordon College, Rawalpindi and took active part in student politics. He emerged as a successful student leader and was elected in Student Union as Joint Secretary, Secretary, Vice President and President during four years respectively. He graduated from Gordon College and passed his M.A examination from Shahpur Jail. He completed his L.L.B from Lahore. He became Managing Director of Gulmerg Company, which was doing business in silk and silk yarn.

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His political career began on the village platform where he would try to garner support from the local population alongside other speakers. Sheikh Rashid and his contemporaries would often fail at this attempt and it has been said that they were not well liked in the villages for not understanding the basic problems.

Later, he became the leader of Opposition in the Municipal Corporation Rawalpindi. He was first elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan in 1985 general elections as an independent candidate and joined Pakistan Muslim League a. He was subsequently re-elected MNA for six times. During October 2002 elections he was elected from two seats as an independent candidate but lost one seat where he tried to get his nephew re-elect in by elections. As an independent candidate he promised to the voters that after winning election he will leave both seats in the hands of Nawaz Sharif but later joined PML(Q) and became the supporter of General Pervez Musharraf. This was the reason his nephew lost by election. Although he has been elected MNAs six times but lost last two elections consecutively. The constituency is historically a stronghold of Pakistan Muslim League and in last by elections Nawaz Sharif issued parliamentary ticket to a poor unknown worker who defeated him with huge vote margin.

He used to be the right-hand man of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but Nawaz Sharif left him and then he joined the newly formed Muslim League, earning himself the nickname Lota of Rawalpindi (political chameleon of Rawalpindi). He is merely popular in Rawalpindi and is known for creating a large number of schools in that city. He is famous for his “awami style” (public style) of politics. He is one of few politicians who started their political career at grass roots level and rose to prominence. He has spent overall five years in solitary confinement for the cause of democracy. He was awarded seven years rigorous imprisonment in Kalashnikov case and spent two years in New Central Jail Bahawalpur.

On February 8, 2010, Sheikh Rashid was injured, and three other people known to be his bodyguards were killed, when gunmen opened fire at his vehicle outside his party’s election office in Rawalpindi.

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