Arbab Ghulam Rahim

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Arbab Ghulam Rahim
ارباب غلام رحیم‎
27th Chief Minister of Sindh
In office
9 June 2004 – 19 November 2007
GovernorIshratul Ibad Khan
Preceded byAli Mohammad Mahar
Succeeded byAbdul Qadir Halepota (caretaker)
ConstituencyPS-60 (Tharparkar-I)
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Sindh Affairs
In office
28 July 2021 – 10 April 2022
PresidentArif Alvi
Prime MinisterImran Khan
Personal details
Born (1957-01-01) 1 January 1957 (age 67)
Diplo, Sindh, Pakistan
Political partyGrand Democratic Alliance (2023–present; 2013–2021)
Other political
Alma materCadet College Petaro
Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences
Jinnah Sindh Medical University

Arbab Ghulam Rahim (Urdu: ارباب غلام رحیم; born 1 January 1957) is a Pakistani politician who served as the Chief Minister of the Government of Sindh from 2004 until 2007.[1]

Early life[edit]

Arbab Ghulam Rahim was born in the Diplo Tehsil of Tharparkar District. Arbab Ghulam Rahim is the youngest of 5 sıblıngs. He was born in a very conservative environment and received his early education ın his village. Then up to 7 grade he studied ın Mirpurkhas, from 8th class he joined the Cadet College Petaro, one of the few reputed ınstıtutıons of the province at that time. After passing out as a House Captain from Cadet College Petaro, he joined Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences at Jamshoro to study medicine, but later transferred to Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachı. After passing out from Sindh Medıcal College with a MBBS degree, Arbab contested in the Local government election and was elected as Nazim ın the Mirpur Khas District.[2]

Political career[edit]

He won elections as a Member of National Assembly (MNA) four times, and as Member of the Provincial Assembly (MPA) from his constituency PS-60 (Tharparkar-I) in Tharparkar District several times.[3]

Belonging to the Pakistan Muslim League (Q), Arbab was elected to the Sindh Provincial Assembly during the 2002 general elections from PS-60 constituency defeating Engineer Gianchand Meghwar, and was initially inducted as a provincial minister of sindh for communication.[4] Subsequently, he was elected as the Chief Minister of Sindh in 2004.[5]

After the PML-Q was defeated in the 2008 general elections Arbab Rahim left Pakistan to live in United Arab Emirates in self-imposed exile.[6]

On 27 December 2011, Arbab Ghulam Rahim was first appointed as president of the Pakistan Muslim League (Like-Minded) party which was later renamed to Pakistan Peoples Muslim League in 2013.[7][8]

Arbab Ghulam Rahim returned to Pakistan on 13 March 2013.[6] He later merged his Pakistan Peoples Muslim League in Pakistan Muslim League (N) in 2013.[9]

Later in October 2013, he quits PML-N and joined Grand Democratic Alliance.[10]

He later announced to join Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf on 2 July 2021.[11]

On 28 July 2021, he was Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Sindh Affairs by Imran Khan.[12]

On 30 November 2023, he announced to quit Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf.[13]

On 14 December 2023, he re-joined Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA).[14]


In 2008, he was hit in the head with a shoe by Agha Javed Pathan a supporter of Benazir Bhutto.[15] Arbab rarely goes to the Provincial Assembly, because he accuses the ruling party of trying to disgrace him in the assembly.[16]


  1. ^ "PAKISTAN: Musharraf reconsiders army pledge". Oxford Analytica ("Arbab Ghulam Rahim was today elected as the new chief minister of Sindh province. Rahim's election follows the resignation of his predecessor, Sardar Ali Mohammed Mahar, over his failure to quell recent violence between Sunni and Shia Muslims in Karachi."). 9 June 2004.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim". ARY News. 15 June 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Arbab Ghulam Rahim-Provincial Assembly of Sindh". Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  4. ^ "LARKANA: NA leaders to meet tomorrow". Dawn (newspaper). 26 January 2003. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Rahim takes over as Sindh CM". Dawn (newspaper). 10 June 2002. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Arbab Rahim returns today". The Nation (newspaper). 13 March 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Arbab Ghulam Rahim elected as PML-Q likeminded chief". Dawn (newspaper). 11 February 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  8. ^ "Arbab renames his party as Peoples Muslim League". Dawn (newspaper). 28 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Arbab Ghulam Rahim's PPML merges with PML-N". The Express Tribune. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  10. ^ "GDA to get registered with ECP, contest general election with full force". Dawn (newspaper). 23 October 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  11. ^ "Former Sindh CM Arbab Ghulam Rahim joins PTI". Geo News. 2 July 2021. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  12. ^ "Arbab Rahim appointed as SAPM on Sindh Affairs". Pakistan Today (newspaper). 28 July 2021. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  13. ^ "Arbab Ghulam Rahim Announces to leave PTI". Daily Ausaf. 2023-11-30. Retrieved 2024-01-17.
  14. ^ Siddiqui, Tahir (2023-12-14). "Former CM Arbab Rahim, PML-N's Rahila Magsi join GDA". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2024-01-17.
  15. ^ "Such Gup". The Friday Times (newspaper). December 9–15, 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-06-14. Retrieved 2011-12-12.
  16. ^ "KARACHI: Arbab attacked by party activists". DAWN.COM. 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2023-09-01.
Political offices
Preceded by Chief Minister of Sindh
Succeeded by