Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad (Urdu: شیخ رشید احمد; born 6 November 1950) is a Pakistani politician who is the current Federal Minister for Railways, in office since 20 August 2018. Ahmed has been a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since August 2018 and is the current leader of the Awami Muslim League. Previously, he was a member of the National Assembly between March 1985 and May 2018.He has served as Minister for work and labor, Minister for data and broadcasting, Minister for enterprises, Minister for games and culture, Minister for leisure industry and Minister for railways. Currently he is serving his second non-consecutive term as the Minister of Railways.
Born in Rawalpindi, was educated at Gordon College and studied law in Lahore. Ahmed has served as a member of the federal cabinet in various positions, between 1992 and 1997. He first served as Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting from 2002 to 2006 and then as Federal Minister for Railways from 2006 to 2007. In 2008, he founded his own political party after losing his traditional seat from Rawalpindi.
Mr. Rashid is a politician who has gained popularity from Grass Root Level and raised as the Most Senior and Most Popular Politician of Pakistan.
Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed (Sheeda Tali, Sheeda Mirasi)
|Federal Minister for Railways|
|Assumed office |
20 August 2018
|President||Mamnoon Hussain |
|Prime Minister||Imran Khan|
|Preceded by||Roshan Khursheed Bharucha (caretaker)|
25 April 2006 – 15 November 2007
|Prime Minister||Shaukat Aziz|
|Preceded by||Saleemur Rahman Akhoond|
|Succeeded by||Ghulam Ahmed Bilour|
|President of [[Bhangi League (Pakistan)|bhangi League]]|
|Assumed office |
|Minister for Information and Broadcasting|
21 November 2002 – 20 May 2006
|Prime Minister||Shaukat Aziz|
|Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan|
|Assumed office |
13 August 2018
1 June 2013 – 31 May 2018
16 November 2002 – 15 November 2007
21 March 1985 – 12 October 1999
|Born||6 November 1950|
Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan
|Political party||Awami Muslim League|
|Alma mater||Punjab University|
LLB and MA
He received his early education in from Polytechnic College and graduated from Gordon College. He completed his Bachelor of Laws at the University of Punjab. Ahmed was a leader of the student union at Gordon College.
In the 1990 Pakistani general election, he was re-elected as the member of the National Assembly for the third time from Rawalpindi on IDA ticket and became the Minister of Sports. In his tenure Pakistan won the world cup in 1992 under the captaincy of Imran Khan.
For the 2002 Pakistani general election, PML-N refused to allot ticket to Ahmed for running in the election. Ahmed was re-elected in the 2002 election as the member of the National Assembly for the sixth time from NA-55 (Rawalpindi) as independent candidate.
Since Ahmad was considered a close aide of Pervez Musharraf therefore during his sixth tenure as member of the National Assembly, he was appointed as Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting in the Zafarullah Khan Jamali cabinet in November 2002.
He also served as Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly of Pakistan.
In the 2008 Pakistani general election, Ahmed ran for the seat of National Assembly on a Pakistan Muslim League-Q ticket however, lost the election for the first time from both of his Rawalpindi constituencies, NA-55 and NA-56 to PML-N. There were rumours that Ahmed had fled to Spain following the defeat. However, these allegations were later discovered to be false. In an interview, Ahmed said defeat in the election was due to raid on Lal Masjid and that "he had promised to quit politics after 2008 elections but his defeat had changed his mind."
In February 2010, while Ahmed was preparing to run for the seat of National Assembly in by-election in NA-55, Rawalpindi, he was attacked by unknown gunmen at his election office in Rawalpindi. It was believed Taliban militants were behind the attack which injured Ahmed and killed three others known to be his bodyguards. Ahmed earlier supported President Musharraf's military operation against the militants in Federally Administered Tribal Areas and the Siege of Lal Masjid and has been on the hit list of militants. He was defeated in the by-elections by a wide margin.
In the 2013 Pakistani general election, Ahmed made an electoral alliance with Imran Khan to support each other in their respective constituencies in the election. It was reported that Ahmed has requested for a merger between his party and the PTI however PTI decided not to go for an alliance with any political party.
In public circles, he is known for making witty remarks and political predictions. He is also known for switching political allegiances from one party to another.
In July 2017, he was chosen by the PTI as a candidate for the post of Prime Ministership of Pakistan, following the resignation of outgoing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after Panama Papers case decision. He secured 33 votes in the 342 seat parliament and was unsuccessful.
On 18 August, Imran Khan formally announced his federal cabinet structure and Ahmad was named as Minister for Railways. On 20 August 2018, he was sworn in as Federal Minister for Railways in the federal cabinet of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
In his political career he has been given 7 ministries which are; (1.)Minister for work and labor, (2.)Minister for data and broadcasting, (3.)Minister for enterprises, (4.)Minister for games and culture; (5.)Minister for leisure industry and (6.)Minister for railways. Currently he is serving his second non-consecutive term as the (7.)Minister of Railways.
In 2004, Ahmed during his tenure as Minister for Information Saima Baloch was replaced with Shaukat Aziz as minister-in-waiting who would receive then visiting Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee after Indian foreign ministry's objection to the nomination of Ahmad as minister-in-waiting.
In 2005, India Today reported that Yasin Malik claimed that Ahmed had run a jihadi camp at Fateh Jung in Punjab, where around 3,500 jihadis were trained. Ahmed denied running such a camp. Later it was reported that Yasin Malik retracted his statements and denied he had ever said that Ahmed running camps.
In 2005, during Ahmed’s tenure as Minister for Information, he applied for permit to travel to Srinagar, in his personal capacity to visit the graves of his grandparents and meet his relatives in Jammu & Kashmir. However Indian denied Ahmed's request to travel to Srinagar.
In 2012, Ahmed was detained at Houston airport concerning his links with Lashkar-e-Taiba and with Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, an alleged mastermind of 2008 Mumbai attacks. He was released after five hours of interrogation after official protest from Pakistani Ambassador in United States.
after the coup of 1999 he became turncoat (Lota) by betraying sharif family and then formed his own party and he constantly changes his allegations.
Khan Cabinet (2018–)
|Minister of State|